Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 13, 2008

Race, Class and YA Lit–Meeting on 2/14

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 8:44 pm

Dear Teachers,

We’ll start right at 4 with BOOK CLUB and end at 6:30 on TH night. Please return books you’ve finished or are not reading right now. There are so many good and available titles to share–let’s keep them circulating.

For tomorrow’s class: how does the reading in Freedman/Johnson w/its emphasis on critical literacy/pedagogy inform our reading of the titles we’re talking about this week?

For example, how does an awareness of the unequal distribution of power in our society and the ways in which privilege operates, consciously and/or unconsciously, to reinforce specific constructions/values/lenses reinforce or allow power differentials to go unchallenged, to become normalized?

How do our own privileged subject positions–i.e., white and middle class*–allow for (overdetermine?) particular readings and (perhaps) not others of these titles? What assumptions about the source of our own readings of these titles might we need to challenge?

Please bring Freedman/Johson to class along w/these 3 novels. KES

*Allow me the generalization here to make the point.

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