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. The course will also investigate the publishing industry behind the books and the process to publication. 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.
The structure of our class is divided into several recurring themes and conventions prevalent in YA literature. The following is the list of books and themes that will be discussed:
(You Need to Get These)
Theme 1: The Meet Cute
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon - 380 pages
Theme 2: Down the Rabbit Hole
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - 584 pages
Theme 3: True Crime (Mystery/Suspense/Thriller)
Sadie by Courtney Summers- 320 pages
Theme 4: The Boy Who Still Lives
There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool - 496 pages
Theme 5: Kids These Days
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - 464 pages
*Readings and schedule subject to change. You will be notified in advance if this occurs.
We will start on Berkeley time. Each class will be split into three parts—we will present a lecture on the book of the week, hold a class discussion, and finish in two separate workshop groups. Students will have the opportunity to join either an analytical writing workshop or a creative writing workshop. There will often be scheduled group activities, presentations, and opportunities to interact with your fellow classmates, so please come prepared!
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|Young Adult Literature Section 1||Geetanshi Sharma, Hannah Shlesinger||20||Zoom||[Tu] 6:30PM-8:00PM||02/09/2021||Full||--||--|