L390 0260 NASH
Children’s Literature

10:20a-11:35a D (30) 3 cr.

We will read a range of materials from fairy tales to contemporary young adult fiction, with a special attention to how successful children's literature takes children seriously. We will sometimes look at literary reworkings of familiar "children's stories" to consider questions of audience. Lurking behind our course will be a constant questioning of the familiar topic: what does it mean to say a work is "suitable for children." Some authors I am considering (I haven't made a final decision on texts yet) are: Mark Twain, Roald Dahl, Angela Carter, J. D. Salinger, and Francesca Lia Block. At least two papers and one final exam will be required.