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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 113 Womens Coming-of-Age Narratives: A Multicultural Exploration

Many coming-of-age narratives have been considered masterpieces of literature. However, most of these stories have been about boys becoming men. (For example, Catcher in the Rye, A Separate Peace, Huckleberry Finn, and Invisible Man.) Young girls face very different challenges and expectations as they grow to become women. The course examines coming-of-age stories by women from a variety of backgrounds, countries, and eras to begin to understand the forces being exerted on girls in order for them to become women in their societies. Students examine the universal in a womans experience of coming of age.