English | Literature for Young Adults
L391 | 0259 | Paul Gutjahr
2:35p-3:50p D (30) 3 CR.
This course will study books which have enjoyed both popular and
critical acclaim among young adults in America. Books from both the
nineteenth and twentieth century will be included in the course
readings. The primary emphasis will be on fiction which had
confronted the issue of how character has been defined and developed
in young Americans. The course will include three papers of various
lengths, a group teaching assignment, and frequent pop quizzes.
Since the course is taught through the English department, the class
will spend more time talking about textual interpretation than
teaching strategies. This is not so much a course on pedagogy,
although pedagogical issues will be discussed. The work load is
intense in this course, so be prepared to read a lot and work hard
if you sign up. This class is not for the faint of heart.
Possible texts include: Little Women; Ragged Dick; The Secret of
the Old Clock; A Long Way from Chicago; Holes; Remember Me; The Ear,
the Eye and the Arm; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone.