Young Adult Fiction

Subject CWRI90009 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

2 hour seminar per week

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2
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Admission to the Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing; the Bachelor of Arts Honours (Creative Writing); Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Creative Writing); or Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Creative Writing).



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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Amanda Johnson

Subject Overview:

This subject will explore the transitory space occupied by the young adult, and the literature that is produced for teenagers. Students will critically engage with texts from this relatively new literary genre, and creatively navigate the space between childhood and adulthood. Exploring the historical development, trends, characteristics and common misconceptions of Young Adult literature, this subject will place Young Adult literature in the broader context of literary criticism and cultural studies.

Note: this subject is offered every second year and alternates with CWRI90010 Writing for Children.


Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • be able to apply advanced theoretical, aesthetic and analytic skills to interpreting critical and creative texts;
  • be able to tackle new problems in the production and reception of young adult literature with confidence and openness to contemporary artistic directions;
  • have a sound working knowledge of themes and conventions of contemporary young adult literature; and
  • participate effectively in group discussions and collaborative learning; and demonstrate an understanding of the wider public significance of their knowledge and skills.

An essay on an aspect of young adult literature which incorporates literary criticism or cultural theory 2000 words 40% (due mid-semester); creative work 3000 words or equivalent 60% (due in the examination period). Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% (or 10 out of 12) classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Any student who fails to meet this hurdle without valid reason will not be eligible to pass the subject. All required written work must be submitted in order to pass the subject. Essays submitted after the due date without an extension will be penalised 2% per day. Essays submitted after two weeks of the assessment due date without a formally approved application for special consideration or an extension will only be marked on a pass/fail basis if accepted.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available. There will also be readings available through the LMS electronic site for this subject.

Recommended Texts:
  • P Hunt, Children’s Literature: the Development of Criticism, Routledge, 1990.
  • K Reynolds, Radical Children’s Literature: Future Visions and Aesthetic Transformations in Juvenile Fiction, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
  • J Kristeva, Powers of Horror, Columbia University Press, 1982.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will acquire the following skills:

  • critical thinking and analysis;
  • the ability to think creatively;
  • an openness to new ideas;
  • written communication;
  • communicating thoughts and knowledge;
  • time management and planning; and
  • practices and ethics in the field of creative writing.

This subject is offered in alternate years and will be offered for the first time in 2013.

Related Course(s): Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Creative Writing
Creative Writing

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