The Coming-of-Age Novel
This course will introduce students to the coming-of-age novel, also called the "novel of formation" or the "bildungsroman." The course will consider "coming of age" as a cultural construct that relies on ideologies of gender, race, and sexuality and engages with the projects of nationalism and capitalism. Students will learn to identify the narrative conventions upon which this form depends, and they will encounter a range of theoretical texts that offer perspectives on maturity, individualism, and genre.
Pre Requisites: Pre-req = ENGL 200 or 201 or 202