Children and Youths: Historicizing Young Adult Literature
This course will look at children's literature in the English speaking world, with an eye towards the explicit ways in which books geared towards young readers explore difference and marginality. Students will read a selection of literature geared towards children and youth from different eras starting from the Early Modern period up to the contemporary moment. Throughout the course students will explore the way literature for young people emerged and developed from a primarily didactic enterprise to something more dynamic. Defining what that "something" is will be the work of the semester. Assignments will include journal entries, two short papers, and a final research project. Students who successfully complete this seminar will satisfy one half of the Human Thought and Expression area of inquiry requirement.
Lenora Warren is an assistant professor of English specializing in Early American and African-American literature.