English and Film Studies

ENGL 389 A1: Children's Literature & Culture: Print Traditions

C. Gordon-Craig

For this section of ENGL 389 a critical survey of children’s literature in English will examine a variety of works, both historical and contemporary, that warrant consideration as books of continuing interest. Its aims are to consider factors that established works for children and young adults as classics or which may indicate possible potential in the future, and to develop in students the ability to read children’s literature critically. The required texts will include such accepted classics as Treasure Island, The Hobbit and Charlotte’s Web, as well as more recent works such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Additional texts for inclusion will be decided nearer to the start of term.