CPLT | GETR 3559                      How to get into the course
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Shanti, Alderman, Room 323


Teaching Resource Center,
24 East Range

Course Description

This comparative inquiry into young adult fiction invites you to explore the topic of the spiritual journey both academically and personally. Different disciplinary perspectives such as religious studies, gender studies, history, psychology, and literary studies, will help us shed light on our private reading experiences and deepen our exploration of such themes as: religiosity vs. spirituality, experiencing divine presence and absence, becoming a hero, confronting evil, being different, achieving autonomy, faith and doubt, and the magical and the miraculous. Our hope is that, over the course of the semester, you will develop a personal vocabulary in which you can express your thoughts on spiritual journeys in young adult fiction as well as articulate the relationships between your own quest and your academic pursuits.

This discussion based, reading-intensive seminar is cross-listed in the Comparative Literature and German departments and most texts come from the Western tradition. The sessions will be held in English. German majors are encouraged to read German texts in the original and to write in German. We encourage all students to participate actively in discussion, to engage the readings and each other critically and compassionately, to develop a regular reflective writing practice, and to work collaboratively in small learning teams.

We warmly invite students from a variety of academic backgrounds and with diverse interests in the topic to apply. To find out how get into the course, please click here.

Readings may include works such as: Grimm's Fairy Tales; Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time; Jean Craighead George, Julie of the Wolves; Virginia Hamilton, The People Could Fly; Chaim Potok, The Chosen; and Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials. Films may include works such as: Pan’s Labyrinth; Paper Clips; and Bridge to Terabithia.

Secondary works may include works such as: Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment; Robert Coles, The Moral Life of Children; and Heinrich Zimmer, The King and the Corpse.