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ENGL 1717 Fictions of Development: Adolescence in Historical Context (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

How does scientific discourse intersect with literary, historical, and cultural forces? Does it matter that Peter Pan, who refused to grow up, appeared in the same year (1904) as the first major psychological treatise on “Adolescence”? What might the angsty white teenagers of “Rebel Without a Cause” (1950) and The Catcher in the Rye (1951) have to do with James Baldwin’s tale of coming of age in Harlem, Go Tell It On the Mountain (1953)? More recently, is there any relationship between the idealized teen world of “Clueless” and the dystopian high school in Never Let Me Go (2005)?

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Maia McAleavey

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Core Renewal Course: Enduring Questions

Last Updated: 03-Mar-17