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SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERATURE: YOUNG ADULT (CUL-224404)

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Course Description:


As Lev Grossman, book critic and author, writes, “young adult novels tend to be about young adults, and teenager-y things that most adults have long since put away. But statistically speaking, most adults were young adults at some point in their lives, and some of us are still processing that experience. Young adult novels can be as powerful as anything out there… Bottom line, there's one thing that young adult novels rarely are, and that's boring. They're built to grab your attention and hold it. And I'm not as young as I once was. At my age, I don't have time to be bored.” In this reading-intensive course, we will consider some of the pivotal moments and examples of the genre. While we will take Young Adult seriously, as literary and cultural scholars, we will not—as Grossman promises—be bored.

This course will focus on the interesting, controversial genre of Young Adult literature. While these books often focus on issues of specific interest or relevance to teenagers (more or less), they are often purchased and read by adults. And that is how we will approach these texts: as experienced, thoughtful, reflective readers. This does not mean, of course, that we will not experience the same kind of emotional exhilaration as our younger counterparts. We will read both early and contemporary examples of the genre, and consider its historical development. We will also read broadly, to help us think about the ways in which young adults and the challenges facing them are both described in and constructed by this body of literature.American literary studies. That might entail, for example, analysis that includes tribally specific practices, knowledge, history, stories, and prophecies.


This course meets Humanities and Gen Ed requirements



This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: Humanities-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Fall 1.

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