ENL2006 Literature and Adolescence: Writing the Child
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Humanities & Communication|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|ASCED code :||091523 - Literature|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
The emerging popularity of Children's and Young Adult Literature as a field of study provides a critical and theoretical framework for this inquiry which begins with the Victorian romanticisation of childhood, the invention of the teenager in the twentieth century, and the more recent rise of Young Adult fiction which seeks to engage directly with a range of adolescent issues, while often ultimately containing the threat of adolescent rebellion. Students will be encouraged to consider the ideological implications of the adult interests vested in the production of texts for children and young adults. The course will open a space in which `classic' children's literature and `young adult' literature can be analysed in terms of their key literary features as well as the way narrative influences our understanding of the process of growing up.