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In his essay “The Idea of Adolescence in American Fiction“ Ihab Hassan‘s argues that “the cult of adolescence“ has played a constitutive role in the emergence of a distinctively American literature. Similarly, Leslie Fiedler has suggested that the themes of American literature “belong to the pre-adult world“ as a reflection of an ongoing effort to come to terms with the ideas of innocence and experience as key coordinates of American cultural history. Based upon a critical discussion of these assumptions as well as the specific genre characteristics of young adult fiction the course explores various literary representations of the theme of ado-lescence and their corresponding narrative strategies in selected novels and short stories and evaluates their relevance for the formation of American litera-ture since the 19th century.
Among others, writings by M. Twain, H. Alger, St. Crane, L. M. Alcott, W. Faulk-ner, J.D. Salinger, R. Cormier, L. Lowry, S. Alexie and L. Oliver will serve as case studies for a comparative analysis of the themes and narrative strategies under-lying the construction of adolescent images in texts intended for both adult and young adult readers.
Course requirements include active class participation, one in-class presentation and a final paper.
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