You will be assigned a number in class.*
(this box was edited on Thursday, 9/6, AFTER class,
Number 1s: Read the Seventeenth Summer excerpt FIRST. THEN read the Two and the Town excerpt.
Number 2s: Read the Two and the Town excerpt FIRST. THEN read the Seventeenth Summer excerpt.
Both 1s and 2s should read the Rainbow Jordan excerpt (in no particular order)
Be prepared to talk about how the order in which you read these excerpts (including Rainbow Jordan!) affected your thinking about the boy-girl dynamics described in each.
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All of the excerpts below are from Norton Hugh Jonathan's 1951 book Guide Book for the Young Man About Town (1951).
Guide Book for the Young Man About Town was a revised and enlarged edition of Jonathan's previous book, on the same topic, called Gentlemen Aren't Sissies (1938).
Unfortunately, there isn't a great way to search specifically for love stories. Historically, the earliest YA novels (from the late 1940s-early 1960s) tended to be dating stories about white, straight couples. Dating stories falling outside of those norms may be more likely to include subject headings pointing the categories represented. If you click on the cover image for Annie on My Mind, above, you'll see the library's catalog record--and one of the subject headings there is "Lesbians Fiction."
What does it mean that novels about heterosexual, white couples (consenting or not) often have no subject headings, and novels about couples outside of that model are more likely to have specific subject headings?
These are books that can help you identify relevant historical young-adult fiction: