Catalogue 2019 - 2020

MAET 557 Reading and Teaching Young Adult Literature


3 cr.


For students in MAET program or with permission of instructor

Course Description

This course will examine the genre of young adult literature and present various approaches to some key texts. It will begin by situating YA as a genre – as well as the relatively new designation of “teenagers” as a distinct group of people, let alone as a group of readers – and go back to some nineteenth century texts that laid the foundation for contemporary YA lit. Examination will include traditional “canonical” novels, lyric novels, graphic novels, fantasy, realism, bestsellers and more “literary” YA fiction and explore the ways in which the texts present the complexities of gender, race, ethnicity, and sexuality in a world in which those concepts are shifting and for readers for whose identities are equally in flux. Many of these texts can be used in middle and high school classrooms, alone or in tandem with a more “classic” text, as will be demonstrated.