L391 4918 LITERATURE FOR YOUNG ADULTS
1:00p-2:15p TR (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.
L391 is an upper division English Literature course designed to introduce adult readers to young adult literature, literature often written for and read by people between 12 and 18 years old. We will read twelve novels from various genres as well supplementary materials, and students will read two additional novels from a selected list for the final paper. As we read this material we will formulate our own definition of young adult literature. Topics we will explore will revolve around the role of literacy and the imagination in adolescent life and development, and will include: notions of adolescence and young adulthood; the role of imagination and fantasy in the lives of adolescents and their relationship to literacy both textual and cultural; what it means to be literate in a free society; issues of representation including age, class, gender, race and sexuality; and censorship. There will be three course papers, a presentation, weekly discussion prompts, and occasional quizzes on the readings.
Probable texts include: Speak; Ghostworld; The Perks of Being a Wallflower; The Heart is a Lonely Hunter; Please Donít Kill the Freshman; The House of the Scorpion; The Golden Compass; The Giver; To Kill a Mockingbird; Monster; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time; Making Lemonade, and True Believer.