We will read texts that range across history, psychology, and writings about juvenile delinquency, but our focus will be on reading novels, short stories, films and graphic novels, that represent the paradoxes of adolescence from the turn of the 20th century: Back to the Future, Ghost World, Spring Breakers, The Hunger Games, and more. We’ll look at the ways in which the adolescent morphs into the teenage consumer in the 1950s in novels such as Colin MacInnes’s Absolute Beginners. We’ll consider the adolescent as a site of cultural fantasy and cultural fears in relation to class, race, gender, and sexuality and the adolescent’s relationship to radical politics, subculture, suburbia, and nostalgia.
If you are interested in literary figures and novels that have pushed boundaries on the representation of adolescence, then this module is for you. This module will provide a theoretical introduction for student’s wishing to explore a career in film production, youth literature & education sectors.
On this experiential module, we will explore how Brighton has been central for pushing boundaries and creating new waves, in the medium of literature and film. We will develop a deeper understanding of the construction of the categories of the adolescent and the teenagers in literature, film and theory.
The Age of Adolescence - Reading 20th Century Youth Culture module from University of Sussex may include a field trip to Brighton, following the trail of cult movie Quadrophenia.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the history of, and an ability to evaluate, 20th-21st century fiction, film and theory.
- Develop an understanding of the construction of the categories of the adolescent and the teenager in literature, film and theory.
- Analyse literature, film, and other discourses, and to dissect rhetoric and understand meanings.
- Develop an argument from close reading and data interpretation.
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- Our Undergraduate Summer School teaches over two sessions and you'll study one module per session. You can come for one or both sessions and choose from over 30 modules, designed, delivered and taught by Sussex faculty.
- A module is a credit-bearing unit of study. Each module carries 15 Sussex credits and lasts for three weeks (one session).
- Modules are taught at either Level 4 or 5 (first or second year University level) - most do not have specific academic pre-requisites, so you can choose to study something new if you wish.
- 19 days
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- You should be currently studying at university when applying for the Summer School, however you don’t need to have completed a full year of study.
- We require students to have a minimum of 3.0 GPA out of 4 or equivalent.
International1500 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1500 GBP for the full programme during 19 days.
EU/EEA1500 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1500 GBP for the full programme during 19 days.
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