L390 CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
Barbara Lehr

Lecture:
16506 -- 11:15a-12:05p MW (144 students) 3 cr. A&H.

Discussion:
16508 -- 9:05a-9:55a F (24 students)
16509 -- 10:10a-11:00a F (24 students)
16510 -- 11:15a-12:05p F (24 students)
16511 -- 12:20p-1:10p F (24 students)
16512 -- 1:25p-2:15p F (24 students)
16507 -- 2:30p-3:20p F (24 students)

L390 is primarily a historical survey of what is widely considered the best that has been written for young readers. We will read fables, folk tales, myths, classic and contemporary children’s literature, children’s poetry, and illustrated books for the very young. We will also delve a bit into a variety of approaches to understanding children’s literature, including some feminist and some psychoanalytical approaches, though we will primarily adhere to a new critical approach to the literature. After taking L390, you should be able to analyze children’s literature, understand the major trends in literature written for children through the centuries, and differentiate between great, good, and mediocre children’s literature.L390 is primarily a historical survey of what is widely considered the best that has been written for young readers. We will read fables, folk tales, myths, classic and contemporary children’s literature, children’s poetry, and illustrated books for the very young. We will also delve a bit into a variety of approaches to understanding children’s literature, including some feminist and some psychoanalytical approaches, though we will primarily adhere to a new critical approach to the literature. After taking L390, you should be able to analyze children’s literature, understand the major trends in literature written for children through the centuries, and differentiate between great, good, and mediocre children’s literature.

Required Reading:
Classics of Children’s Literature. Ed. Griffith and Frey (includes Treasure Island, Little Women, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Charlotte’s Web)
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred D. Taylor
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh
Reader for Dr. Lehr’s L390 course, available at IU bookstore, TIS

Required Work:
Short paper (2-3 pages) 150 points:
Long paper (3-4 pages) 200 points:

Ten Quizzes (20 points each): 200 points
Illustrated picture book 100 points:
Midterm examination: 150 points
Final examination: 200 points