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An instructor of an adolescent literature course wanted to give the students an opportunity to study some novels not specifically written for an adolescent audience. Examples of such novels were: Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye," and Jamaica Kincaid's "Annie John." Including these novels, however, meant excluding young adult novels. So the instructor created a course designed to complement the adolescent literature course that featured adolescent protagonists in fiction written and marketed for adults. This paper discusses the course, "Reading and Writing about Adolescence," contending that it is the differences these novels have from young adult literature that merit their place in the curriculum. The paper cites the novels selected for the course, along with a packet of short fiction and essays on diverse topics assembled by the instructor. It notes that the fiction is introduced in the order in which it was published and no novels published before World War II are used. The paper discusses the novel which usually begins the course, Carson McCullers'"Member of the Wedding,". It continues with "Catcher in the Rye," John Knowles "A Separate Peace," and Toni Morrison's "The Bluest Eye." The paper states that students write informal responses each week to assigned readings and, in addition, two longer, more formal pieces of criticism. It explains that the final writing assignment includes a project on which students have been working since mid-term and which has been the focus of individual conferences. Contains an annotated 25-item bibliography of additional suggestions for novels, short fiction pack suggestions, and critical essays suggestions. (NKA)

Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, Annotated Bibliographies, Course Descriptions, Fiction, Higher Education, Literary Criticism, Reader Response, Reading Material Selection, Writing Assignments

Autor: Brown, Joanne

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5433&id=ED473477

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