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This subject will explore the transitory space occupied by the young adult, and the literature that is produced for teenagers. Students will critically engage with texts from this relatively new literary genre, and creatively navigate the space between childhood and adulthood. Exploring the historical development, trends, characteristics and common misconceptions of Young Adult literature, this subject will place Young Adult literature in the broader context of literary criticism and cultural studies.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- apply advanced theoretical, aesthetic and analytic skills to interpreting critical and creative texts;
- tackle new problems in the production and reception of young adult literature with confidence and openness to contemporary artistic directions;
- have a sound working knowledge of themes and conventions of contemporary young adult literature; and
- participate effectively in group discussions and collaborative learning; and demonstrate an understanding of the wider public significance of their knowledge and skills.
Students who successfully complete this subject will gain the following generic skills:
- critical thinking and analysis;
- the ability to think creatively;
- an openness to new ideas;
- written communication;
- communicating thoughts and knowledge;
- time management and planning; and
- practices and ethics in the field of creative writing.
Last updated: 3 November 2022