English | Children's Literature
L390 | 1240 | Bernhardt


11:45a-1:00p D (30) 3 cr

In this course we will study and discuss major types of literature for
children--the folktale and the literary fairytale, fantasy, animal
stories, adventure stories, and juvenile novels, as well as poetry and
picture books.  Our main texts will be Griffith & Frey, CLASSICS OF
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, 4th ed., plus some individual paperbacks.  Readings
will include samples of myth, folk and fairy tale, PETER RABBIT and
WINNIE- THE-POOH, THE WIZARD OF OZ, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, THE LION, THE
WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, CHARLOTTE'S WEB,
TREASURE ISLAND, THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER, and ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR
MY CRY, and a sampling of poetry.

In studying these texts, we will pay some attention to historical
development, but our main purpose will be to gain a fuller understanding
of how literature can shape and enhance children's intellectual and
emotional development by the special ways in which it reflects,
transforms, and/or constructs reality, enlarges the understanding of self
and other, and educates the imagination and the affections.  The course is
thus primarily a course in literary appreciation and
analysis/interpretation as applied to children's books rather than in
teaching methods.  Questions of pedagogy and of ways of presenting
literary texts will, of course, be considered.

Students will sit for two exams (ca. 50%) and will write two short papers
(ca. 30%).  Sessions will consist of informal lectures and discussion,
participation in which will count for ca. 20%.