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LTWL 116 - LTWL 116 Young Adults and Genre Fiction Lecture...

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LTWL 116- Young Adults and Genre Fiction Lecture 1/8 1. YA: 11-14 yrs old a. Written for young adults, but expands out of the genre to other age groups 2. Division of Stories by age a. 14 th century, all age groups listen to the same stories b. Protestant culture, notion of “original sin” i. Children needed moral training c. Needed to ‘protect’ children’s innocence (18 th C) d. 19 th century- children’s literature genre originates their own publishers came up 3. Appeal to children (not really!) a. Little Women i. Content- characters, how to become a respectable woman/ “training” {vs. Alice Wonderland} b. Tom Sawyer i. Seen as written for young boys, but Twain makes fun of characters and politics, etc. 4. Concept of Adolescence/Youth Universal a. Recognized that youth did not follow their elders’ rituals i. E.g. Greek young men shaving their beards b. All culture painfully aware of children coming into age i. Physical and psychological- becoming an adult but not being treated like one 5. Aspects of Adolescence a. Dependence on Elders i. Financial~ somewhat paradoxical, going into adulthood but still dependent b. Adolescent Narcissism i. Natural and healthy because massive change in self. Often leads one to obsess about oneself 6. Genre Fiction a. Connects transition of youth to society’s fantasy b. “genre” – means family or type 7. Realism- E.g. Atonement, Catcher of Rye 8. Myth- Usually seen as other people’s religious views 9. Fantasy a. Usually rooted into people’s myths b. Bends or breaks reality Lecture 1/15 1. The Gothic a. Pre-Victorian. Shelley’s Frankenstein [ 1818] adds science, later Edgar Allan Poe: horror i. Gothic Romance- Brontë sisters: threat, darkness, redeemed by love [not for kids] b. 1803, Jane Austin’s Northanger Abbey - spoof/mimic of the gothic, created Romantic Comedy 1
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c. Knightly Romance- Walter Scott James Cooper [popular within young boys in 20 th C] i. Good role models for males d. Western/ Dime Novels e. R. Kipling- Jungle Book , Oscar Wilde- Dorian Gray , Conan Doyle- Sherlock Holmes, White Company i. Coming of age stories for boys ii. Pre-science fiction novels f. H.G. Wells, R.L. Stevenson i. A point where child realizes s/he is no longer a child ii. Disillusionment: Although has a element of sadness, loss of illusion in order to grow up iii. Treasure Island 1. Good guys/bad guys not an exact line of separation. No rewards or punishments 2. Landscape based in California 3. Characters with mutilations- mean/badass/respect/ we assume they’re bad guys a. Interested in characters with both good and evil side b. Evil is more powerful, but one must tame 4. Who are the good guys? a. Jim [still a child] b. Doctor- represents knowledge, science, order, but not like-able i. Law and order, society but pompous c. Captain Smollett Lecture 1/17 1. Each genre follows its own sets of internal rules a. Such as stereotypical characters- characteristics (physical, etc.) b. Long John Silver-appearance
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