2019 Student Research Conference:
32nd Annual Student Research Conference

Native American Stereotypes in Young Adult Literature


Olivia A. Stuertz
Dr. Anton Daughters, Faculty Mentor

    Using a sample of 24 books from Goodreads list Teen Books with Native American Characters and Stories, the author examined usage of token words, loaded words, positive object views, stereotypical object views, as well as time period book was set in, in books written for a young adult audience. Token words, loaded words, positive object views, and stereotypical object views were tallied and recorded. Time period of book was also recorded. Author race and year of publication were recorded as well. Bivariate analyses showed no significant impact of author race or year of publication on usage of token words, loaded words, stereotypical object views, positive object views, or time period book was set in. However, stereotypical language was noted to have occurred in a majority of the books examined.

Keywords: Native American, Literature, Stereotypes

Topic(s):Anthropology

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 6-6
Location: SUB GEO
Time: 3:00

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