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    Otterbein University
  Feb 20, 2018
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

FYS 1009 - Teens on Screens

Hours: 4
“Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention…what we did was wrong, but we think you’re crazy to ask up to write this essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us. In the simplest terms and the most convenient definition.” – The Breakfast Club (1985)
This class will immerse itself in the teen flick, exploring the definitions of adolescence it creates. The teen flick occupies a vital and vibrant terrain in our media-scape, bringing adolescent subcultures, psychologies, and experiences front and center. Teen pics re-imagine larger social narratives about teen identity; they dramatize distinctly adolescent forms of rebellion, power and education. And they also raise pressing questions about gender, love, sex , and sexuality. Organized thematically, the course will center on three pivotal subgenres of teen cinema: The rebel pic, the school pic and the love-and-sex pic. We will analyze iconic American movies – Rebel Without a Cause, Heather, Sixteen Candles, American Pie, Juno, etc – and screen a couple international films. Along the way, we will engage select concepts of film composition and analysis, and we will read recent and relevant film criticism.