ENGLISH 313 - Topics in Literary Studies
Section: 020 Children's Literature and the Invention of Modern Childhood
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

What accounts for the persistent and pervasive popularity of figures such as Peter Pan, Peter Rabbit, Harry Potter and the Cat in the Hat? How do stories featuring such characters reflect and challenge our understanding of the meaning of childhood? In this class, we will explore how popular literature for and about children has contributed to the invention of modern childhood. You will gain an understanding of childhood as a phase of life that is invested with different meanings at different times and in relation to broader phenomena such as the rise of industrialization, new theories of human nature from the biological and social sciences, and the advent of new legislation limiting child labor and enforcing school attendance. The class is organized around key trends in the history of childhood, the history of children’s books and the history of children’s book illustration. Our readings of children’s literature encourage you to reflect on your own experiences as a child reader and to cultivate an awareness of our culture’s understanding of and assumptions about childhood.

Over the course of the semester, this class will curate an online and physical exhibition of historical works of children's literature in collaboration with librarians from Special Collections in Hatcher Graduate Library. Students will select works to exhibit, and they will conduct research to help them create captions for the works they select. In order to complete this project, the students must attend three exhibit curation workshops in the library. This library project will help students to gain a deeper understanding of the histories of childhood and children's literature that this course tracks.

Course Requirements:

Reading journal, library project, special collections essay, final exam.

ENGLISH 313 - Topics in Literary Studies
Schedule Listing
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16332
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
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32167
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
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32168
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
010 (LEC)
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26383
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
020 (LEC)
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26172
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
F 11:00AM - 1:00PM
F 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: Students will be required to attend two library sessions. One on Friday, January 26, 2018, 11a-1p, and the other on Friday, February 9, 2018, 11a-1p.
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