Tuesday 28th June 2016
Coming Of Age Stories: Now & Then
From the Bildungsroman to Young Adult Fiction
A lecture by Professor Phil Cohen
In this special event hosted by Birkbeck’s Centre for Contemporary Literature, Professor Phil Cohen will reflect on the transformations of the ‘coming of age’ narrative. Professor Cohen will explore how such stories have changed from the classical bildungsroman to adapt to the ‘just in time’ production of the self in more recent times, and the foreclosure of transitions to adulthood currently being experienced by generations x, y or beyond. In this context, Professor Cohen will discuss the emergence of Young Adult fiction as a distinctive genre, as well as the changing grammars of life story telling. Following his talk, Professor Cohen – an ethnographer who has researched and written widely about youth cultures – will welcome questions and open discussion on the issues raised.
Venue: 124, 43 Gordon Square
Image: Young Adult Fiction – September 2010 by Pesky Librarians, used under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence.