Building a Culture of Readers: Young Adult Fiction. One day course for teachers of English.
One day course for teachers of English. Formation continue UNIL-EPFL
Friday 6 September 2019 (9h00 - 17h30) - UNIL-EPFL Campus - Room TBC
Young Adult fiction encourages readers to discover or rediscover the manifold pleasures and challenges of reading to address questions about life, their developing self and their relation to the world.
Like Jane Eyre poring over Bewick’s History of British Birds as a source of comfort or David Copperfield’s reading of the Arabian Nights ‘as if for life’, many writers have stressed the role of books read in childhood as a memorable and life-changing (sometimes even life-giving) experience. As a result, many stories for children, young adults or a crossover audience represent books as magical, spell-binding objects, and words as a source of endless wonder; the word ‘grammar’ itself derives from ‘grimoire’ or book of spells, and the ancient image of the world as a book to be deciphered is still relevant today.
This course will focus on age-old fairy tales revisited and recent classics (Narnia Chronicles, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Philip Pullman’s trilogy) and it will also propose alternative texts that bring a fresh approach to the subject, such as the poetry of Laura Kasischke, contemporary short story collections, comic novels and even Jane Austen’s juvenalia.
- Discover new texts and genres associated with YA literature and explore its scope and variety by reading a representative body of work in different genres and styles
- Learn the history and characteristics of YA literature and discover new ways of approaching it as a complex and multi-layered reading experience
- Experience how writing for a crossover audience is uniquely open to reader participation as it develops close reading skills, critical thinking, and creativity
- Reflect on relevant approaches, pedagogical strategies and teaching resources for teenagers and young adults as well as teachers based on literary resources and other material
- Stimulate reflection on the role that literature can play in enhancing YA’s reading abilities and their intellectual, ethical, political, cultural and societal implications.