Special Themes in Literature, 1890-Present: Young Adult Literature

English 3119
Young Adult Literature
Section 1
Dana Kinnison
2:30-4:30pm; First 4 weeks of summer session
Tate Hall 101

Currently, we are in what some critics are calling a golden age of YA literature. In this course, we will look at the evolution of YA literature, the difficulty of defining its boundaries, and especially the subgenres that have found success with readers (such as domestic fiction, the school story, and the recent explosion of dystopian fiction). We will read classics as well as more recent acclaimed and popular works: Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury; The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins; A Separate Peace, by John Knowles; Looking for Alaska, by John Greene; Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott; Weetzie Bat, by Francesca Lia Block; and a couple of other titles yet to be determined.