English | Literature for Young Adults
L391 | 15384 | Romayne Rubinas Dorsey

Romayne Rubinas Dorsey

9:30a-10:45a 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 ten to twelve texts from various genres as well supplementary
materials, and students will read two additional texts from a
selected list for the research 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 and forms of censorship; and issues of representation
concerning age, class, gender, race and sexuality. There will be two
course papers, a presentation, weekly discussion prompts, and two
course exams on the readings.