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  1. Coming of Age Mr. Murphy/Mrs. Pavlisin C.P. English II Semester 1

  2. Synonyms for “coming of age?” • Aging • Growth (esp. “growing up”) • Development • Maturation • Initiation

  3. “Coming of Age?” -A process of change

  4. In Literature • A classic motif • A genre • Examples of coming-of-age stories?

  5. “bildungsroman” • German • From “bildung” (education) and “roman” (novel) • A type of coming-of-age story • A genre

  6. Elements of a bildungsroman • Young protagonist experiences… • desire to escape • journey • clashes w/ authority figures • realizations about the world • reconciliation w/ society

  7. Why read bildungsromane? • Reader can relate • Vicarious/cathartic experience • Helps reader mature

  8. Bildungsromane we will readtogether this year • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger • Black Boy by Richard Wright • Night by Elie Wiesel • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

  9. Independent Reading Project • Begins now—ends early November • Significant in-class reading time • Annotation requirement • In-class and online discussion • Comparison essay • Book selection: • Must be something you haven’t read before

  10. Options for bildungsroman/ coming-of-age IRA: • Black Swan Green by David Mitchell • Protagonist: 13-yr.-old boy w/ stammer • Setting: 1980’s Britain • Tension: bullying, family conflict, desire to write • Style: thoughtful, clear

  11. Options for bildungsroman/ coming-of-age IRA: • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer • Protagonist: 9-yr-old boy who invents • Setting: Post-9/11 NYC • Tension: Loss of father, obsession • Style: groundbreaking, demanding

  12. Options for bildungsroman/ coming-of-age IRA: • Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer • Protagonist: Jewish boy in his 20s • Setting: modern Ukraine • Tension: Search for ancestor info (holocaust) • Style: interesting dialect

  13. Options for bildungsroman/ coming-of-age IRA: • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith • Protagonist: pre-teen Irish-American girl • Setting: early 20th century • Tension: poverty and problems that come from living in a tough neighborhood • Style: frank yet heartfelt

  14. Options for bildungsroman/ coming-of-age IRA: • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon • Protagonist: teen boy w/ Asperger’s • Setting: modern Britain • Tension: family problems/dog murder • Style: syndrome affects narrator’s voice

  15. Options for bildungsroman/ coming-of-age IRA: • Mississippi Solo by Eddie Harris • Protagonist: African-American man in his early 20s • Setting: Mississippi River in 1990’s • Conflict: W/ river, racism • Style: memoir/journalistic

  16. Remember… • Either buy book or get it from library • Must have book in hand by Friday, 8/26 (1 week from today)