English Professor Laura Nicosia and Adjunct Professor James Nicosia have published a collection of essays on young adult literature and its valuable portrayals of city life (Myers Education Press). Examining Images of Urban Life gathers contributions from stellar scholars like Sean Connors, Karen Coats and Angel Daniel Matos, and award-winning authors like Benjamin Alire Saénz and e. E. Charlton-Trujillo, who consider how living in a city affects character identity and growth, and the ways authors world-build the urban setting. This collection dispels the media-driven anecdotally propagated preconceptions about city life, and offers scholarly readings of and pedagogical resources for over a dozen YA works.
This is the fourth collection published by the Nicosia duo this year. Previously published during this pandemic year have been the two-volume set Notable American Women Writers (Salem 2020) and a collected volume for Grey House/Salem, Critical Insights: The Pearl (2019). All four collected editions contain contributions by Montclair English Professor Melinda Knight.