Childhood in America|
Fall 2017 not offered
|Certificates: The Study of Education|
|Course Cluster: Education Studies Minor|
Probably the first literature we fall in love with, children's literature shapes individuals and cultures in profound ways, investing us with important mythologies and guiding our identities and behaviors. This course will examine fairy tales, some works from the "golden age" of children's stories, and some contemporary works. We will enrich our reading of the fiction with some of the central theorists of this genre, including Bruno Bettelheim, Jack Zipes, and Maria Tatar.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(EDST-MN)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
The course will examine how childhood has been defined, and the ways children have been taught and amused. The emphasis will be on children's literature, including among other readings, Little House on the Prairie, Little Women, The Wizard of Oz, The Phantom Tollboth, and The Light in the Forest. The primary literary texts will be supplemented with secondary sources, including work by Maria Tatar, Jack Zipes, and others. In addition, the class will look at games, puzzles, and toys.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two short papers of 4-5 pages each, in-class essay midterm, and take-home final. One class presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course contributes to the Theory & Literary forms concentration for the English major and offers a Research Option for those pursuing Honors in the English major.