Date of Award


Degree Type




First Advisor

Jennifer Miskec, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Christopher McGee, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Rhonda Brock-Servais, Ph.D.


This thesis examines the treatment of childhood shyness in literature for children and young adults. With over thirty examples and reviews of children’s and young adult texts, it describes how shyness is often regarded as a problem in common social models and becomes stigmatized. It reproves the often cruel and disdainful treatment of shyness in such literature and calls for a new look at the common childhood “ailment.”



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