English and Film Studies

ENGL 388 X01: Children's Literature & Culture: Oral Traditions

L. Rasmussen

Students in this class will study fairy tales, legends, myths and other texts with oral origins while also developing an appreciation for the complexities associated with storytelling and oral traditions. While our focus will primarily be on western folk and fairy tales and their influences as these are found in print, film, and audiobooks, we will also analyze several works by Indigenous authors who write for children and young adults, particularly those whose works can be thought of as participating in the work of reconciliation in Canada. In addition, students will also be encouraged to develop projects that involve retellings of stories from their own childhoods and cultural backgrounds. Assignments will include a reading journal to be kept over the semester, a film review in response to a film screened during class, a creative project, and a research paper.