Today, the teenager seems like a natural category in the stages of life. However, the word teenager and the idea of a person who is neither a child nor an adult didnt exist until the 1950s. Similarly, the young adult fiction market segment is a very recent invention, with texts specifically aimed at 12 to 18 year olds only emerging in the 1970s and 80s. This subject traces the invention and representation of teenagers from the early twentieth century to today. We will focus on fictional and non-fictional texts (including novels, poems, plays, graphic novels, and informative texts) aimed at school years 7 to 10. We will work towards an understanding of the aesthetic pleasure of these texts, and what they tell us about the ambitions and fears of the societies that produced them. Finally, we will discuss trends and issues in contemporary teen ficton.
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The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of LIT224 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).
The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.