ENG234H1F - L0101

Introduction to Children's Literature


Tuesday 10 am - 12 pm , Thursday 10 am - 11 am

Instructor Information

D. Baker

E-mail: df.baker@utoronto.ca

Course Description

 A historical and critical introduction to the 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; query whether and how the 'hidden adult' is at work.

Required Readings

  • 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; Where the Wild Things Are; Wild Berries; My Name is Seepeetza; Howl's Moving Castle; American Born Chinese.)

First Three Authors/Texts

  • TBA

Methods of Evaluation

  • Essays
  • Prose analyses
  • Participation
  • Exam or test