Course Syllabus: Undoing Adolescence (Adolescence in Literature)

Here's my syllabus for Undoing Adolescence (Adolescence in Literature - ENGL 502), an upper-level course for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students focused on examining representations of growth, development, and adolescence in young adult texts and media (click here for link). It is currently being offered under the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego … Continue reading Course Syllabus: Undoing Adolescence (Adolescence in Literature)

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Ellen Wittlinger’s [Parrotfish]: A Transgender Coming-Out Novel

What made a person male or female, anyway? The way they looked? The way they acted? The way they thought? Their hormones? Their genitals? What if some of those attributes pointed in one direction and some in the other? - Ellen Wittlinger, Parrotfish (p. 131) Although Julie Anne Peters' Luna was the first young adult text to tackle … Continue reading Ellen Wittlinger’s [Parrotfish]: A Transgender Coming-Out Novel

Structure and Development in Mark Haddon’s [The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time]

The publication history of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the God in the Night-Time (2003) is indeed very curious, mostly because it was deliberately marketed as both a children's book and an adult novel. This leads me to invoke a pressing issue among scholars and readers who are concerned with narratives of youth: is it possible, nowadays, … Continue reading Structure and Development in Mark Haddon’s [The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time]

Brotherhood, Race, and Gender in Martin Wilson’s “What They Always Tell Us”

Young adult novels, generally speaking, tend to be emotionally draining reads. It is not uncommon for teens and young adults to feel angst, loneliness, and depression when trying to transcend into the realm of adulthood (as many of us know when we look back at our teen years, or as we currently experience them). I … Continue reading Brotherhood, Race, and Gender in Martin Wilson’s “What They Always Tell Us”