English 183 - Fall, 2017

Young Adult Literature

Class Information

Instructor: Lanfersieck, Lindsey
CRN: 62676
Time: TR 9:00-10:20
Location: 6 Olson


    In this course, students will read widely and familiarize themselves with the growing body of literature written for and marketed to young adults. We will read and discuss novels related to (cultural) identity, gender and sexuality, race and class, diversity, coming of age, and a range of other social and psychological themes. The genres of Fantasy, Autobiography, Historical Fiction, Dystopian Sci-fi, and Verse will be explored. Some questions we will consider this semester include: What distinguishes YA fiction from other works of literature? What makes YA fiction so popular, even with adult readers? Should any topics be considered "off-limits"?


    Short Paper
    Long Paper
    Blog Posts (3)
    Final Exam
    Participation (In-class writing, a few quizzes)


    The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
    Looking for Alaska, John Green
    The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
    Weetzie Bat, Francesca Lia Block
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
    Cinder, Marissa Meyer