Introduction to Young Adult Literature
(Bevezetés az ifjúsági irodalomba) in autumn 2017
Szentpály Dalma Tímea
, Thu 10:00–11:30
seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BBN-AME-211
description & set texts
Aim of course: This course sets out to explore the current trends of contemporary adolescent literature and culture in the U.S., while examining the various power relations adolescents, in general, find themselves in. Additionally, the course will provide opportunities for the participants to practice their close reading and composition skills. Novels: 1, Yoon, Nicola.Everything, Everything. 2, Green, John. Paper Towns. 3, Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. 4, Halse Anderson, Laurie. Speak. 5, Lowry, Louis. The Giver. 6, Rosoff, Meg. How I Live Now. 7, Chbosky, Stephen. Perks of Being a Wallflower. 8, Rowell, Rainbow. Fangirl. Secondary literature: Seelinger Trites, Roberta. Disturbing the Universe: Power and Repression in Adolescent Literature. University of Iowa Press, 2000. Nikolajeva, Maria and Mary Hilton (ed). Contemporary Adolescent Literature and Culture: The Emergent Adult. Routledge, 2016. Hellekson, Karen and Kristina Busse (ed). The Fan Fiction Studies Reader. University of Iowa Press, 2014.
requirements & assessment
Content: Classes will consist of discussing the assigned readings and movie; writing short quizzes and taking turns at “being the moderator” of the class. Expect to talk a lot in this class. The whole endeavor, again, is to prepare you to think critically and teach you to speak eloquently on cultural subjects. Assessment and grading: Students will be assessed based on the short quizzes written at the beginning of each class, their participation in group assignments, and the work they put into their “reading club moderating,” and the grade of the end term exam. The average of the following grades will determine your final grade: class participation and active attendance: 1 grade; the average of your quizzes: 1 grade; level and depth of questions asked about topic of the week: 1 grade; end term exam: 1 grade.