The objective of this course is to analyze literary devices used within “Young Adult” literature and the manner in which they facilitate discussion within their intended audience about the socio-political and economic environment of their creation. We will be exploring the rise and fall of specific trends, archetypes and themes unique to this genre, and recognize the psychological motivations behind characters that make them appealing to the target audience. Ultimately, students should gain an appreciation for the great nuance within the genre and an in depth understanding of the literary value that the “Young Adult” genre offers.
Theme 1: The Meetcute
(Chick-lit / Romance)
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han - 384 pages
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - 445 pages
Theme 2: The Boy Who Still Lives
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor - 418 pages
Wings by Aprilynne Pike - 320 pages
Theme 3: Down the Rabbit Hole
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - 448 pages
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers - 549 pages
Theme 4: I Bite My Thumb At You, Sir
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - 584 pages
Bloody Jack: Being An Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy by L.A. Meyer - 336 pages
Theme 5: Kids These Days
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R.Pan - 462 pages
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - 464 pages
*Readings and schedule subject to change. You will be notified in advance if this occurs.
One absence without prior notification and one excused absence will be allowed; two tardies count as one absence. If you need to miss class for any other reason, notify us beforehand. Our class will begin at Berkeley time—please arrive accordingly!
Please refer to the syllabus at https://docs.google.com/document/d/17rAkt98HMcrEMMF7KbY0AFqr_o8kr7G6wnpPuBQ1kwg/edit?usp=sharing
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|Young Adult Literature Section 1||Vivian Han, Alex Chen, Brittany Nguyen||20||238 Kroeber Hall||[W] 6:30PM-8:00PM||08/29/2018||