ENGL 223 Children's Literature • 5 Cr.
Examines literature written for children. Students discuss its moral, psychological, and political implications and its place in the larger literary heritage. Recommended: ENGL& 101 or ENGL 201 or a literature course in the 100 series.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Explain how an individual work reflects the characteristics of children’s literature as a genre and support their explanation with examples from the reading and lectures.
- Compare the conventions of oral tales (fairy tales), traditional 19th-century children’s literature, and contemporary children’s literature, referring to
- Audience expectations
- Relate an individual work to historical and cultural context, referring to perceptions of
- What a child is
- How children develop and learn
- Relationships between parents and children
- Purpose of story-telling (e.g., didactic)
- Social norms and expectations
- Economic and political forces (e.g., WWII)
- Belief system (world view)
- Compare and contrast works from different cultures and/or historical periods.
- Discuss a work from two or more different interpretive perspectives (e.g., psychological, socioeconomic).
- Express outcomes 1-5 both verbally and in writing
- Read aloud and/or tell a story effectively