Young Adult Lit/Crit

April 28, 2008

My Seminar: Music and YA Lit.

Filed under: Uncategorized — scrollman @ 2:14 pm


I’d like to extend an invitation for a rockin’, rappin’, and rhymin’ good time–not to mention educational–in my seminar (May 7th) on music in YA Lit..  The focus of my seminar will be on how various music, such as heavy metal, rap, and punk, often provides necessary outlets, comforts, and identities, to adolescents who come of age in an often confusing, demanding, and alienating culture.  YA literature that affirms this reality and helps us understand the way music shapes and is shaped by the experiences of teen life is of essential importance to any teacher of young adults.

The three books that I will be mainly focusing on are Heavy Metal and You, by Christopher Krovatin: Hip-hop high school, by Alan Lawrence Sitomer: and King Dork, by Frank Portman.   Each of these titles are representative of literature in which music has enormous influence over the lives of the main characters.   Whether it is a song that seems to capture the feelings of a young girl in crisis, loud music that echoes the frustration and passion inside a young man’s soul, or a band that encapsulates the hopes and dreams of being liked and accepted, music is often the cord that binds us to our adolescence: the soundtrack and the beat of our lives in the teen-age years.  I’m looking forward to sharing all I have discovered in this jammin genre.




  1. Thanks for taking the time to work with my book. I look forward to checking out your thoughts.

    Comment by Alan Sitomer — April 29, 2008 @ 9:18 am

  2. Count me in! Looking forward to it.

    Comment by sostrom — April 29, 2008 @ 9:24 am

  3. Jon,

    I don’t know if it’s fair that I “reserve” a spot in your seminar, as I may be in China for the last class. If anyone objects, I’ll surely bow out. However, since the possibility of me being here is increasing daily, I’d like to make sure I have the opportunity to be a part of your seminar. Please count me tentatively in.


    Comment by Joyce — April 29, 2008 @ 1:19 pm

  4. Sarah and Joyce, thank you for the enthusiastic response. I’ll be handing out folders on Thursday.

    Also, thank you Alan for responding to my post. I can’t tell you how cool it is that you posted on this blog.
    During my seminar I will be discussing Hip-hop high school at length. I found it to be incredibly relevant and inspiring.
    It is a book that I will be recommending to students for years to come.


    Comment by scrollman — April 29, 2008 @ 1:39 pm

  5. How come famous authors never respond to my blog posts!!! KES

    Comment by Karen — April 29, 2008 @ 2:51 pm

  6. Jon: Can I be in it as well?!?!

    Comment by mandygrl101 — April 29, 2008 @ 4:18 pm

  7. Mandy: Absolutely!


    Comment by scrollman — April 30, 2008 @ 11:55 am

  8. Okay, so I will be here, and I’m a definite.

    Hip hop hooray!


    Comment by Joyce — April 30, 2008 @ 3:10 pm

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