So this week, unlike most weeks, we are having a whole class discussion not at all about teaching but about the literary qualities of our readings for this week. There are two books in the discussion this week. I know that some of you have read both, but you are not obligated to have done so and are not required to talk about both in this week's post.
Do check the syllabus if you are still wondering which of the two books you should read.
Post a literary analysis/close reading of your book for the week.
The two books we are reading this week have several features in common, which I leave to all of you to discover by reading each other's posts. There are many ways you can think about analyzing these texts--that is to say, any of the myriad ways you would do a close reading of any other novel you might read.
- You might look at how various characters react to and against authority.
- You might trace what "coming of age" looks like among particular characters.
- You might, as the supplemental reading for this week does, take a deep dive into what melodrama looks like in these readings--and if, actually, your novel is a site of melodrama--or tragedy or comedy.
- You might look at these two novels as representative (or not) of the genre-fiction you could argue they belong to, the mystery.
- You could look at the intersections of any of the above.
- You could go you own way entirely.
As per usual, post roughly 300 words (though you guys often go way over, which is fine) and respond with thoughtfulness and care to at least one colleague (roughly 100-200 words). Bonus points if you can make a connection to a text you didn't read.
A NOTE ABOUT THIS WEEK'S POSTS: You will perhaps notice that I'm outlining in some detail how you might approach your analysis. I'm doing that in case you are interested in doing Option 3 of the Final Project options, the literary analysis of a text. This week shows you how you might approach your analysis of one of the texts from the semester. It also introduces you to literary scholarship on YA (if you recall the piece on Louisa May Alcott from week two, that is also an example).
At this point, you will have extensive experience and also draft-ready material for any of the three options for the Final Project. Now would be the time to start to consider which of those three options you'd like to pursue based on what you've produced so far in the class.