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Spring 2016 Undergraduate English Courses: Special Topics

358:252 Introduction to Children's Literature

01  TTH4  CAC  JAGER  MU-115

This course will introduce students to the wondrous and varied world of children’s literature.  We will read a variety of fairy tales, classics, and contemporary examples of literature for children and young adults.  That reading will be supplemented by several secondary philosophical texts, drawn from John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Bruno Bettelheim, and Vladimir Propp.  This is not a course on “the history of childhood,” nor is it a course aimed solely at future educators, although students interested in either or both of these fields are most welcome.  Rather, this course will trace a literary history of children’s literature itself, from fairy tales to Lois Lowry and Philip Pullman.  Primary texts (and there will be many of them!) may include: Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl), Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson), The Giver (Lois Lowry), The Golden Compass (Philip Pullman), and shorter texts by William Blake, Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, and many others.  Assessment: frequent quizzes, mid-term, final, 3 papers.