Power, Beauty and Legitimacy of Adolescence. Understanding the teenage years, from their complexity in reality to some fictional representations in Anglo-Saxon, French and Italian literature.
Based on thorough experience in teaching, pedagogy and parenting, this book is a helpful guide for parents and teachers who want to help teenagers, the best way they can, in becoming adults.
Susan Jane BrodaTamburi provides an instructive, yet very simple approach to a full understanding of the complex mechanisms of adolescence. The author also analyses some enlightening representations of teenagers in literature.
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MY INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR!
When did you know that you wanted to be an author ?
As soon as I started reading pretty much and in a more conscious way, when I started studying literature at university. I experienced so much pleasure in reading that I thought that one day I would like to be able to give others, in my humble way, the same feeling through my writing. I felt like being part of communion of feelings and sharing of ideas, thoughts and emotions.
What inspired you to write this book ?
My day to day observations at work with my students and at home with my children. By working with youngsters so long, I saw the mistakes their parents made and how distraught they could be. I felt I had to put it all on paper.
If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be :
Your family is worth it !
Who is your biggest inspiration
My children and all the students that I have encountered during my teaching years. I have been surrounded by teenagers for so many years that I feel totally in tune with them . It was easy for me to write a book about them because I felt I wanted to become their advocate.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I was born in Geneva from an English mother and an Italian father who both had come to Switzerland to work in international organisations. I travelled a lot when I was young visiting my two families in London and Rome. I went to school in Geneva and after one year spent in England in an Art School, I went to Geneva university where I got a masters degree in English, French and Italian literature. I started teaching during my studies and never stopped. I got married and had 4 children. Today I am still a teacher but am also responsible for teacher training in my school and at university. I have been living for 8 years with my American partner whom I had dated when I was a teenager. After having gone our separate ways we reconnected later in life and are living happily together in Geneva although we spend a lot of time in California.
My eldest son is an architect in Geneva, my eldest daughter has just obtained a bachelor at Brunel University in digital design, my youngest son is studying economics in Lausanne and my youngest daughter is enjoying a gap year doing voluntary work in Costa Rica and New Zealand before starting medical school.
We all get on well and are considered by friends and relatives as a “fusional” family, whatever that means…
I started writing articles at the age of twenty for an animal journal when part-time working in a zoo. A few years later I wrote a collection of children’s stories. I recently decided to write a book on adolescence in French which was published in November 2018, I then made a longer adaptation of it in English and have currently finished the Italian version.