Hofstra University’s Department of English is launching a new concentration in Children’s and Young Adult Literature this fall 2015. This area of study will join the department’s existing concentrations in English and American Literature, Publishing Studies and Creative Writing.
Dr. Craig Rustici, professor and chair of English, said, “I think a lot of college age students grew up on Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Divergent. They understand that Children’s and Young Adult Literature have become an important part of the literary landscape and the literary marketplace.
“With that in mind, we have drawn upon our existing concentrations to create a new one for someone who wants to make a career in Young Adult and Children’s Literature as a writer, publisher, critic or scholar.”
In the fall a new course in “Childhood and Adolescence in Literature” will be offered, exploring the ways in which this genre influences our notions of childhood and ourselves. Readings may include Songs of Innocence and Experience, Huckleberry Finn, Alice in Wonderland, Little Women, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Tar Beach.
In the spring 2016, students may register for courses in “Fairy Tales in English and American Literature” and “Editing Children’s Books” (ie. picture books, how-to, learning books, juvenile fiction and science books).
Students will find that this is an interdisciplinary program that pulls in coursework from the Department of Psychology and the School of Education. “We will really equip them with what they need to know to make a contribution to this genre,” Dr. Rustici added.