Faculty Research: Amy Pattee

Amy Pattee is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College and teaches and researches in the areas of youth literature, library services to youth, and youth culture. Amy considers her position as a professor, an advocate for youth and a critical consumer of materials for children and young adults to be an inherently political one. The issue of service to a less powerful population (and the recognition of the power we, as adults and "people in charge"--of the classroom, of the library--wield) is one that deserves thought and consideration. Furthermore, the judgments we "people in charge" pass upon youth literature, media and the media consumption practices of young people tend to carry comparably greater weight in the mainstream world than the judgments passed by young people themselves.

Amy's recent research has involved investigating the construction of magazine texts ("Mass Market Mortification: The Developmental Appropriateness of Teen Magazines and the Embarrassing Story Standard" and "When in Doubt, Choose 'B': Encoding Teenage Girls' Magazine Quizzes"), examining the creation of popular texts ("Commodities in Literature, Literature as Commodity: A Close Look at the "Gossip Girl" Series") and professional practices of literary recommendation ("Considering Popular Fiction and Library Practices of Recommendation: The Literary Status of 'The Clique' and its Historical Progenitors").

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