English Children’s Literature: Fall 2010


Rebecca Knuth


University of Hawaii


Fall 2010


This course is on the development (in England) of children’s literature as a genre—its history, classics, and the influence and contributions of iconic authors and illustrators. Topics/critical issues to be discussed include contrasting visions of childhood, the power of traditional literature (folktales, legends, nursery rhymes), the commodification and commercialization of literary characters/texts, the popularized presentation of texts and authors in films, and the ability of texts to entertain, criticize society, present values, and help children to find meaning. Also, the role of English children’s literature in developing national consciousness and values, Englishness.

Required Textbook:

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