English | Children's Literature
L390 | 1902 | Adams


Lecture:
10:10a-11:00a MW (144) 3 cr.

Discussions:
1903 8:00a-8:50a F (36)
1904 9:05a-9:55a F (36)
1905 10:10a-11:00a F (36)
1906 11:15a-12:05p F (36)

A historical study of literature in Europe and America written
principally for children, in which we will explore not only the
importance of literature and language in childhood development,
but the varieties of narrative and lyric form, as well as the ways in
which story-telling gives shape to forms of individual and cultural
identity. Drawing on works produced from the late 17th century to
the present, we'll be especially concerned to ask how the changing
forms of children's literature embody changing understandings of
children and childhood, which are in turn responsive to changing
social and cultural norms.

The reading will include nonsense verse; fairy tales (Perrault, the
Grimms, Andersen); Alcott, LITTLE WOMEN; Stevenson,
TREASURE ISLAND; Carroll, ALICE IN WONDERLAND;
White, CHARLOTTE'S WEB; Sendak, WHERE THE WILD
THINGS ARE; Taylor, ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY;
Greene, THE SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER. Two short
(4 pp.) interpretive essays, an hour exam, a final exam, and
exercises for discussion sections.