How do different modern world cultures understand being young? And what does the modern world expect of the young? In this class we will think about youth as both concept and experience in the modern world. By reading closely a selection of key texts from the late 18th to the 20th century, we will discuss and reflect on how youth functions as a narrative theme and an insight into many a key value of modernity. All books will be read in English translation.
Readings will be drawn from many literary traditions. Among the authors we will read this semester are Goethe, Jane Austen, James Joyce, Natsume Soseki, Carlos Fuentes, and Tayeb Salih.
REQUIREMENTS: Regular CTools posts and submissions that demonstrate a critical engagement with reading assignments; 1 five-page critical and analytical essay at midterm, and 1final research paper, eight-ten pages. Total 13-15 pages. Active class participation, serious and regular attendance.