ENGL 580 Special Topics in Young Adult Literature

This Special Topics course offers deep investigation into Young Adult literature (YA): one of the most popular forms of literature today (if not the most popular), even among older readers. YA is big business—every year sees thousands of titles published, and multiple major film adaptations arrive in theaters.

Specifically, this course will study contemporary “hot topics” in and around Young Adult literature, its publication, its distribution and marketing, and its influence on younger readers and older readers alike. Cultural and political topics include cancel culture, toxic fandom, and banning books; literary and topical issues include racial tensions, teenage romance, graphic novels, and the recent obsession with dystopia.

Please review the syllabus for full course information.

Term: This is a Summer II course. Participants may register for one Full Semester course OR one course each in Summer I and Summer II.

Prerequisite(s): Qualified to teach content area

University of Indianapolis

Semester: Summer 2023 – Summer II

Instructor: Dr. Stephen M. Zimmerly

Graduate Credits: 3

Dates: 7/3/23 – 8/18/23

Format: Online Asynchronous

Graduate Certificate: Eligible

Master’s Completion: View Options for English


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