20 credits at level HE6
This module explores the development of ‘adolescence’, a period in life only really recognised in the twentieth-century – and, arguably, especially since the Second World War, with the birth of the ‘teenager’. The module looks at a number of novels which address different constructions of adolescence and at the class, gender and cultural differences involved.
Historical development of terms: adolescent, teenager, youth, etc.
Notions of ‘coming of age’, rites of passage, liminality
Changing constructions of adolescence, from 1900 to 2000.
Differing adolescences: according to gender, cultural background, class and historical location, etc.
Literary approaches to understanding adolescence (e.g. Bakhtinian and psychoanalytic).
There will be 14 sessions of 3 hours, broken down into brief lectures, to introduce and develop topics, followed by class discussion and small group work.
There will be discussion of how adolescence is represented in different texts, and of the various theoretical approaches used to explore adolescence (e.g. psychoanalytical readings, such as those of Kristeva, Bakhtin’s notion of the Carnivalesque, etc.).
Individual support and feedback will be built into the classes, plus timetabled tutorial slots.
There are two assessment tasks:
Two essays, each of 2500 words.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand the concept of ‘adolescence’ and its historical and cultural variation.||Show an understanding of the concept of 'adolescence' and its historical and cultural variation.|
|2.||Have a grasp of various ways of theorising adolescence.||Discuss adolescent texts in the light of a number of theoretical approaches.|
|3.||Be able to analyse and evaluate a range of fictional texts concerned with adolescence.||Analyse and evaluate a range of fictional texts concerned with adolescence.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Essay - 2,500 words||Essay - 2,500 words|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Primary Texts. A selection from the following:
Bartlett, Neil Ready to Catch him Should he Fall. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1992
Burgess, Melvin Doing It London: Andersen Press, 2003
Chambers, Aidan Postcards from No Man's Land London: Red Fox, 2001[19990
Llosa, Mario Vargas In Praise of the Stepmother London: Faber & Faber, 1991
McCullers, Carson The Member of the Wedding London: Penguin, 1991 
Miles Franklin My Brilliant Career London: Virago, 1980  Available Online through Project Gutenberg: www.gutenberg.org/etext/11620 
Nabokov, Vladimir Lolita London: Penguin, 2004 
Salinger, J.D. Catcher in the Rye London: Penguin, 1994 
Marshall, James Vance Walkabout London: Longman, 2000 
Cart, Michael. From Romance to Realism. 50 Years of Growth and Change in Young Adult Literature. New York: HarperCollins, 1996
Driscoll, Catherine Girls: Feminine Adolescence in Popular Culture and Cultural Theory New York: Columbia UP 2002
Kristeva, Julia. ‘The adolescent novel’ in John Fletcher and Andrew Benjamin (eds) Abjection, Melancholia and Love: the work of Julia Kristeva. London: Routledge, 1990, pp. 8-23
Mallan, Kerry, and Pearce, Sharyn (eds). Youth Cultures: Texts, Images, and Identities. Westport, Ct.: Praeger, 2003
McCallum, Robyn. Ideologies of Identity in Adolescent Literature. London: Garland, 1999
Neubauer John. The fin-de-siecle culture of adolescence. New Haven: Yale UP, 1992
Spacks, Patricia Meyer. The Adolescent Idea: myths of youth and the adult imagination. London: Faber & Faber, 1982
Westwater, Martha. Giant Despair Meets Hopeful: Kristevan readings in adolescent fiction. Alberta: University of Alberta Press, 2000
|Host Subject Group:||Creative Studies|
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