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Seminar: 3.02.140 S "I Can't Breathe": African American Young Adult Fiction - Details
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Course name Seminar: 3.02.140 S "I Can't Breathe": African American Young Adult Fiction
Course number 3.02.140
Semester Wintersemester 2021/2022
Current number of participants 33
maximum number of participants 40
Home institute Institute of English and American Studies
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
Next date Tue., 07.12.2021 10:00 - 12:00, Room: (online)
Lehrsprache englisch
ECTS points 6

Course location / Course dates

(online) Tuesday: 10:00 - 12:00, weekly (14x)

Module assignments


This class focuses on African American young adult fiction written by African American authors. Sharing the common trope of the search for identity of young adult literature in general, young adult fiction for and about African American teens specifically illuminates questions of racial and ethnic diversity and hybridity within constructions of (national and black diasporic) identity. We will examine the identity constructions of young black male, female, and queer black protagonists offered by three award-winning young adult novels that also tackle a host of issues such as the criminalization of young black males, police violence, systemic racism, classism, disability, or mental illness. The study of different theoretical perspectives regarding race, representation, childhood/adolescence, and young adult literature will foster our critical analysis of the heterogeneous constructions of young black and white adults as well as the interrogation of our own presumptions about what it means to be young and black in a globalized America today.

Please note: This course takes place online and we won’t be meeting every week. You will find the schedule that marks online sessions and study weeks in the course syllabus that will be made available at the beginning of the semester. Please purchase and read the following primary texts:
- Walter Dean Myers, Monster. 1999. New York: HarperCollins, 2019. Twentieth Anniversary Edition:
- Angie Thomas. The Hate U Give. 2017. London: Walker Books, 2018. [the paperback version]
- Brandy Colbert. Little & Lyon. 2015. New York and Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2018.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ang612-615 Aufbau Lit/Cult".
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  • The enrolment is possible from 27.09.2021, 06:00 to 31.12.2021, 23:59.
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    At least one of these conditions must be fulfilled for enrolment:
    • Subject is Anglistik
    • Subject is Englisch
    • Subject is English Studies
    • Degree is Erw.fach Gymnasium
    • Degree is Anpassungslehrgang
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 01.10.2021 on 08:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
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