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
    • Plot
    • Language
    • Character
    • Style
    • 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