English 183 - Winter, 2015

Adolescent Literature

Class Information

Instructor: Recker, Laurel
CRN: 72660
Time: TR 12:10-1:30
Location: 1309 Surge 3


    In this course we'll examine the broad category of American "adolescent literature" as twentieth- and twenty-first century texts featuring--and marketed towards--young adults. Examining what it means to grow up across a range of regions, demographics, and time periods, we'll explore how notions of alienation, transformation and epiphany inform a range of narrative styles and plot structures in a genre that strives to captivate the ever-elusive American youth.


    Franny and Zooey , JD Salinger ISBN 0316769495
    Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me , Richard Fariña ISBN 0140189300
    The Outsiders , SE Hinton ISBN 0142407332
    At the Bottom of the River , Jamaica Kincaid ISBN 0374527342
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower , Stephen Chbosky ISBN 1451696191
    Everything is Illuminated , Jonathon Safran Foer ISBN 0060529709
    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Alice Bechdel ISBN 0618871713
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie ISBN 0316013692