Brief Description of Course: An historical and critical introduction to literature written for or appropriated by children. Through these works we’ll examine changing notions of the child and the child reader; discern ways in which class, gender, ideology and historical context are embedded in literary texts for children; and query whether and how the ‘hidden adult’ is at work.
Required Reading: Final reading list is TBA. Texts may include The Princess and the Goblin; Peter Pan; The Story of the Amulet; Swallows and Amazons; Blueberries for Sal; Outside Over There; Wild Berries; My Name is Seepeetza; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.
First Three Authors/Texts: The Story of the Amulet; Peter Pan; Swallows and Amazons
Method of Evaluation: essays, prose analyses, class discussion, in-class exam.