English | Children's Literature
L390 | 4853 | Romayne Dorsey

Romayne Dorsey

10:20a-11:35a D (30 students) 3 cr., A&H.

L390 is an upper division English Literature course designed to
introduce adult readers to children’s literature and the interests
of the field. Through the readings, we will explore our notions of
childhood, in particular the role of imagination and fantasy in the
lives of children and their relationship to literacy both textual
and cultural. We will read several novels, several fairy tales and
picture books as well as secondary materials provided on e-reserve
and through other media. There will be writing both creative and
critical (reimagining a tale; one research paper; and one researched
presentation), quizzes on readings, and two exams.

Possible texts include:
The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, Jack Zipes, tr.
Perrault’s Fairy Tales
Amphigorey, Edward Gorey
The Very Persistent Gappers of Fripp, George Saunders
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Peter Pan, JM Barrie
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl