From the Lost Generation through Generation Y, this course will chronologically cover youth culture in modern America. Students will study the adolescent behaviors, styles, and values of a variety of generations and subcultures in order to gain an understanding of the teenagers' expressions of identity as well as the impact left on the mainstream adult culture. We will consider novels, short stories, films, historical documents, and articles concerning the subject or representation of children and teenagers growing up in the United States of America during the 20th and early 21st centuries.
Throughout the course we will be covering a wide range of topics in youth culture and, we will strive to understand the issues from the perspectives of the young Americans. Students will be expected to complete a variety of writing assignments responding to assigned texts, as well as engage in discussions on the materials.