ENVIRON 337 - Children Under Fire: Narratives of Sustainability
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: LSA Environment
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Suffering and remembering longest, children lose most in war. Children Under Fire examines how authors of children's books represent the language of trauma. Writers and illustrators have to overcome the natural reluctance to tell young readers that evil is real, instead of pretending it is a nightmare that can be dispelled by turning on the light. At the same time painful interaction between child and adult in the juvenile war story can also expose violent ambivalences underlying cultural fantasies of childhood. The course studies how trauma — something that happens as a consequence of war — is represented as objective fact and subjective experience in a literature of atrocity. What is the relationship between the kinds of truth embodied by historical fact, historical novels and fairy tales? What are the uses of transference, retelling and forgetting in therapeutic language and literature? A variety of visual and verbal texts attests to the complex ethical, narrative and pedagogical issues raised by efforts to express and manage the incommunicable in books for young people.

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ENVIRON 337 - Children Under Fire: Narratives of Sustainability
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0698118022
Sadako and the thousand paper cranes, Author: by Eleanor Coerr ; paintings by Ronald Himler., Publisher: Puffin Books Unabridged 1977
ISBN: 9780807071458
Welcome to Lizard Motel : protecting the imaginative lives of children, Author: Barbara Feinberg., Publisher: Beacon Press [Online-Au 2004
ISBN: 0143036874
Zlata's diary : a child's life in Sarajevo, Author: Zlata Filipovic ; with an introduction by Janine Di Giovanni ; translated with notes by Christina Pribichevich-Zoric., Publisher: Penguin Books 2006
ISBN: 9780472068456
Secret spaces of childhood, Author: Elizabeth Goodenough, editor., Publisher: University of Michigan Press 4. printin 2003
ISBN: 0814334040
Under fire : childhood in the shadow of war, Author: ed. by Elizabeth Goodenough and Andrea Immel., Publisher: Wayne State Univ. Press 2008
ISBN: 9780517599099
Way home, Author: by Libby Hathorn ; illustrated by Gregory Rogers., Publisher: Crown 1st Americ 1994
ISBN: 9780688012977
Hiroshima no pika, Author: words and pictures by Toshi Maruki., Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books 1982
ISBN: 9780801332487
The pleasures of children's literature, Author: Perry Nodelman; Mavis Reimer, Publisher: Allyn and Bacon 3. ed., [N 2007
ISBN: 0393972771
The classic fairy tales : texts, criticism, Author: edited by Maria Tatar., Publisher: W. W. Norton 1st ed. 1998
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