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This Book is Too Difficult to Read: An analysis of April Lindner’s young adult novel Catherine as an aid for illuminating themes in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

As young adult literature grows, the genre sparks controversy, specifically in regards to using the genre in the curriculum as a teaching tool. Many scholars and teachers believe that young adult literature is for pleasure and not learning. On the other hand, some persons think that many students could learn from young adult literature as they find Western Canonical literature difficult to read. The consequence of finding Western Canonical texts difficult to understand is that students then, rather than attempt to analyze and read the piece, go online and read ready-made analyses which deny their critical thinking. Many teachers believe that using a young adult novel, which encompasses similar themes, will solve this disinterest from students. My paper will merge these two ideas together; that retold young adult novels should be used in the classroom in the presence of a Western canonical text.

            For my research, I have made use of the Western Canonical text Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and the retold young adult novel in question is Catherine by April Lindner. My research will reveal that the reading of a retold story, alongside the canonical text, is useful in academia as a teaching tool as they may show a different perspective to ones already present and aid students in the reading of primary themes. To illustrate how the retold version assists in the comprehension of main ideas I will, through New Criticism, investigate what kind of impact the retelling has on plot, setting, and character. 

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2016. , 25 p.
Keyword [en]
Young Adult; Western Canon; Retold Classics; Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë; Catherine, April Lindner
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-138483OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-138483DiVA: diva2:1067459
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2017-01-10, Stockholm, 19:15 (English)
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Available from: 2017-02-03 Created: 2017-02-03Bibliographically approved

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