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Children's Literature : A Comparative Study (6 points)


Leader: Heather Scutter

Not offered in 2003.

Synopsis: A study of contemporary literature for children by major Australian, American and British writers. The unit explores a range of modes, including humour, fantasy, picture story books, realistic and historical novels. Specific issues examined include the construction of national identity, cultural variations in thematic and formal emphasis, changing notions of childhood and the child figure, and the notion of the implied child/adolescent reader. Students will be encouraged to consider the ideological implications of the adult interests vested in the production of texts for children.

Assessment: Essay (2250 words): 50% + Test (2250 words): 50%

Contact Hours: 2.5 hours (1 lecture and 1 seminar) per week

Prerequisites: A first-year sequence in English, Literary Studies or Cultural Studies or permission

Prohibitions: ENH3991

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