Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Top Ten Books That Would Be On My Syllabus if I Taught "YA Literature 101: Sex(uality) and Society"

Taking another quick time-out from my blogging break (I'm starting to think I'm really bad at blogging breaks) to do this fun topic! I'll be commenting later this week, since I have classes to attend and one of my own to teach (English Composition)! 

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

If I was going to teach a class, any class of my choice, it would be on YA lit. But, I'd choose a controversial topic within the YA umbrella, like Sex(uality) and Society (the title is a bit off, because while it's about sex, sexuality, and society, it's also about sexual assault). I've taken enough classes to know that topics like that tend to get the best, and most thoughtful, discussions. Some of my best papers were written in classes dealing with sexuality in literature. And I feel like YA literature gets a bad reputation when it comes to sexuality, so it would be nice to place this novels in an academic setting and really think about them. 

YA Literature 101: Sex(uality) and Society

My (imaginary) course books: 

Sex, Sexuality, & Society
THE GIVER (okay, this is MG, but whatever. It's still too good to leave off the list)

Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse, & Society

What's in your top ten? What type of class & books would you  want to teach?


  1. I love the DUFF! I have an ARC copy of All the Rage, but haven't read me yet. I feel like I need to check out all the others though.

    Great list!

  2. Awesome list! There are so many great books on there--The Giver and Just Listen are two of my faves. I still need to read Speak! Good luck with teaching your new course this week!

  3. Oh this is a really good class to pick! Loads of good books there, I loved The Duff and Just Listen. A few I still need to read too - thanks for sharing! I probably would have taken this class (or one similar to it) in real life if I'd had the chance during my degree!

  4. Quite a number of these books are on my TBR, I just haven't got around to reading them yet!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/top-ten-tuesday-19/

  5. Out of these, I've only read The Giver, and that was years ago. That society sure was messed up!

  6. All the Rage would definitely be in my syllabus too. *sigh* I still can't get over how good that one is.

  7. Tbh I haven't read any of these but many are on my TBR list. I love the topic you chose for this week, it's certainly thought provoking and would definitely be a class I would take if it were real.

    My TTT: http://tsundokubooks.blogspot.com/2015/08/top-ten-tuesday-epic-fantasy-101.html

  8. I've taken a few sociology courses, including one on sexuality and one on the individual in society, but I would've so loved to have been able to take classes like that in relation to literature. It'd be great to actually be able to discuss the books and get other opinions on the topics. I would definitely take your class! Love your topic. Mine is about healthy relationships in lit. http://wp.me/p6ovgw-fA

  9. This list is aaawesome Lea :D Thank you so much for sharing. <3 I have only read one of these books, but ugh, All the Rage. <3 It is such an important book.