Congratulations to Superstition Review’s past intern Rachel Hagerman for getting her academic research published in the University of Cincinnati’s peer-reviewed journal Queen City Writers. The chapter from her Barrett, The Honors College at ASU, thesis, “Using Books to Combat Mental Illness Stigma: A Rhetorical Analysis of Public Discourse Sparked by American Young Adult Novels,” was published in December 2021. In her thesis chapter, Rachel analyzes Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why, Val Emmich’s Dear Evan Hansen, and John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down in order to investigate the conversations surrounding prominent works today and learn that ultimately these novels, among many others, work “to normalize mental illness and combat stigma.” Read the entire chapter here.
By inspiring reader communities, American young adult novels are building a public conversation that normalizes mental illness as a real and common health issue.Rachel Hagerman
Rachel Hagerman graduated Spring of 2021. During her time at Superstition Review, she worked as the Content Coordinator for Issue’s 23 and 24 and as the Editor-in-Chief for Issue 25. She currently works as a Client Project Manager at MDS Communications and as a Freelance Writer and Editor. With such an impressive resume under her belt already, we look forward to what she does next!