Ever wonder what a college class is like? Come see what it's all about by sitting in on an English course taught by Pr. Ji-Hyae Park.
Each one of the Harry Potter books, as well as the series as a whole, explores different aspects and stages of Harry’s (as well as his peers’) coming of age, but especially draws from a children’s literary tradition called “the school story.” The “school story” was popularized in England during the second half of the nineteenth century, which saw significant changes in education, literacy, and conceptions of childhood. In novels which featured the “school story,” initially ones that took place in boarding schools, the school was the setting for the young protagonist’s coming of age, but most of the crucial aspects of his/her development occurred outside of the classroom through the complex process of socialization. This course will examine how subsequent authors have been revising the “school story” with regard to gender, sexuality, class, race, etc. What these diverse texts have in common is their investment in school or education as the impetus to, and means of, growing up, as well as their ambivalent representation of this challenging process. This course also acts as an introduction to children’s and YA literature, as well as an introduction to literary scholarship, for those who are interested in pursuing a major in English.
Meet in the Office of Admission located at 425 S. Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60605 no later than 12:15 p.m. A staff member will walk you to the appropriate classroom in the Auditorium Building (Room 628).
*** If you do not arrive in enough time to make it to class, we may not be able to accomodate you.
We encourage students to observe a class on their own so they can fully experience a real college class.