The objective of the Young Adult Literature Decal 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.
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