issue literature
n. A literary genre where each work takes as its central theme a social, cultural, or political issue. Also: issues literature.

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Quindlen’s focus is complete; this is an uncompromising tale of a battered woman. Yet the novel avoids the tone of issue literature or bibliotherapy and somehow becomes a page-turner.
—Nancy Gibson, “Battered woman’s tale is vivid, suspenseful,” Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), February 22, 1998

Controversies with multi-view social issues literature

We have found a remarkable amount of controversy surrounding the use of multi-view social issues books in classrooms.
—Mitzi Lewison, “‘Not in My Classroom!’ The Case for Using Multi-View Social Issues Books with Children,” Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, February 1, 2000

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“Strangely or not strangely at all,” said Ms Carr, “babes are usually feminists, if you mean by feminism the promotion of all that is good and liberating in our culture. Where the babes part company with their sisters, is when it comes to issue literature. Babes will not reduce their work to a series of issues and disapprove strongly with anyone who tries to reduce their work to a series of issues.”
—Luke Clancy, “Writer prides herself on being ‘a babe’,” The Irish Times, March 15, 1995

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