Young Adult Fiction in 1980s (West) Germany The Paperback Series “Rororo Panther” (Rowohlt) “Problem-oriented Novels” for Young Adult Readers

By Corinna Norrick.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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In 1979, the Rowohlt Verlag – an important German publishing house – launched a paperback series for young adult readers: rororo panther. The series was meant for readers “between the generations” who were “no longer reading Karl May, but not yet reading Karl Marx”. rororo panther existed for a decade, between 1979 and 1989. Within this period of time, it supplied the hitherto ignored market niche of 16- to 26-year-olds with books for all their reading needs and interests, in particular with custom-made “problem-oriented novels”. This paper investigates the series’ development of the genre of “problem-oriented books” within the context of the 1980s West German book market, while accounting for the particular pedagogical and literary framework that young adult fiction is situated within.

Keywords: Paperback Series, Young Adult Fiction, Rowohlt Publishing House, Problem-oriented Books, 1980s

International Journal of the Book, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.23-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.116MB).

Corinna Norrick

Research Assistant, Institute for the History of the Book, Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany

Corinna Norrick received her M.A. in Book History and English Literature in the fall of 2009. She is currently working at the Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz as an instructor at the Gutenberg-Institute for the History of the Book and as a research assistant for the interdisciplinary research focus “Media Convergence”.

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