ENGLISH 290 - Themes in Language and Literature
Section: 001 American Adolescence
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

In American Adolescence, you will explore how the transitional period between childhood and adulthood has been variously imagined in America from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. In this class, you will gain tools for analyzing the complicated history of a category that you may have previously understood as more or less self-evident. We will read influential literary texts in dialogue with theories of adolescence by psychologists and anthropologists such as G. Stanley Hall, Margaret Mead, and Erik Erikson, and we will ask how various kinds of writings have participated in “inventing” the notion of adolescence — how they have defined this stage in human life and introduced pervasive metaphors and concepts for understanding it. One of the premises of the class is that ideas about adolescence have provided Americans with an opportunity to explore and re-evaluate conceptions of the nation itself. Beginning with Emerson’s definition of self-reliance via the image of a nonchalant, confident youth, we track interactions between psychosocial and nationalist narratives. In this class, moreover, you yourselves figure as “native informants” about your own cultures of adolescence. We will work together to uncover histories behind the vocabularies that you use to understand yourselves and your peers.

Course Requirements:

Reading journal, midterm essay, final project, and final exam.

ENGLISH 290 - Themes in Language and Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
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27156
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25
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (LEC)
P
27899
Open
25
 
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MW 5:30PM - 7:00PM
003 (LEC)
P
28582
Open
25
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
010 (LEC)
 
32549
Open
75
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
011 (DIS)
P
32550
Open
25
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
012 (DIS)
P
32566
Open
25
 
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Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM
013 (DIS)
P
32567
Open
25
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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