ENG 228 Children's Literature

Gillian Kendall, Th 1:00 PM-2:20 PM

In this course, we will, by examining literature for children, discuss the process of the invention of the child as well as the evolution of ideas about what constitutes literature that is meant for children--or literature that has come to be considered as suitable for children.  Some of our readings constitute a backlash against the genre of moralistic children's tales, some will be coming-of-age books, some will be exuberant nonsense, of which we may try and make a kind of sense. We will, of course, be examining the literature as adults and neither indulging in extensive conjecture as to what a book means to a child or engaging in (too much) nostalgia.  Among the many works we may read are fairy tales, Maurice Sendak picture books, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Secret Garden, Holes, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Tuck Everlasting, Bridge to Terabithia, The Giver, one of the Harry Potter books, Pinocchio, and/or other works.