Fall 2011
Fully Enrolled

HUMS 609
Children's Literature

Karamcheti,Indira

09/12/2011 - 12/09/2011
Thursday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Allbritton Center 004

Stories told to children have an ancient history, dating back to orally transmitted folktales, myths, and legends. They have many different aims: they are variously intended to teach, amuse, and give moral guidance. By the 1700s, children's literature was an active category in the publishing industry, and books intended specifically for children were being written and published. The 1800s are a kind of "Golden Age" of children's literature; it saw the publication of some of the titles we now regard as "classics": The Wind in the Willows, Tom Sawyer, Alice in Wonderland, Little Women, Peter Pan, and so on.

In this course, we will begin with the history of children's literature, and during the course of the term, read and analyze classic fairy tales, classic boys' stories and classic girls' stories, and contemporary tales, including some that attempt to revise in the direction of racial/ethnic/gendered diversity. Peter Hunt's Children's Literature, an Illustrated History will provide the historical overview with which we will begin. Maria Tatar's Classic Fairy Tales will give us several versions of these stories, including Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Andersen, as well as examples of some of their famous illustrators. Bruno Bettelheim's classic study of the psychological value of these tales in the formation of the child will provide one means of interpretation, supplemented by Jack Zipes' Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion, which discusses them in the framework of class and economics. From the fairy tales, we will move to the Golden Age of children's literature and some contemporary classics: Peter Pan, Tom Sawyer, Little Women, Harry Potter, and The Golden Compass. We will end the course with an examination of some revisionary texts, including Lemony Snicket's The Bad Beginning, the first of his series A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Enrollment is limited to 18 students.

This course is open to auditors.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund for this course is Friday, September 16 at 5:00 pm. Please visit our website for a complete list of registration and withdrawal dates for this session.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
HUMS609


Indira Karamcheti B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara) is associate professor of English and American Studies. Her teaching and research interests include postcolonial literature and theory, the literature of the South Asian diaspora, and the writing of ethnic and racial minorities in the U.S. She has written on such authors as Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai, Simone Schwarz-Bart, and Aime Cesaire. Click here for more information about Indira Karamcheti and click here for more information about her work.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, eds. M.O. Grenby and Andrea Immel.

Maria Tatar, THE ANNOTATED CLASSIC FAIRY TALES.

Lewis Carroll, ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, ed. Richard Kelly.

J.M. Barrie, PETER PAN, ed. Anne Hiebert Alton.

C.S. Lewis, THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW.

Edith Nesbit THE ENCHANTED CASTLE.

Edward Eager, HALF MAGIC.

Roald Dahl, THE BFG.

Mark Twain, TOM SAWYER.

Louisa May Alcott, EIGHT COUSINS.

Kenneth Grahame, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS.

Mary Norton, THE BORROWERS.

T.H. White, MISTRESS MASHAM'S REPOSE.

Madeleine L'Engle, A WRINKLE IN TIME.

Rudyard Kipling THE JUNGLE BOOK.

Frances Hodgsen Burnett, LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY.

Eleanor H. Porter, POLLYANNA.

Reading Materials are available at BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 Broad Street, Middletown, 860-685-7323.

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