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Children's Literature
ENGL 235
Fall 2011
Section: 01  

Probably the first literature we fall in love with, children's literature shapes individuals and cultures in profound ways, investing us with important mythologies and guiding our identities and behaviors. This course will examine fairy tales, some works from the "golden age" of children's stories, and some contemporary works. We will enrich our reading of the fiction with some of the central theorists of this genre, including Bruno Bettelheim, Jack Zipes, and Maria Tatar.

Essential Capabilities: Ethical Reasoning, Interpretation
Children's literature is intimately concerned with socializing the child into acceptable modes of behavior, feeling, and identity. Thus, much of our concern will be to understand the means whereby this literature inculcates ethical standards.
We will be analyzing the underlying subtexts of the narratives, encoded within plot and character.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%

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