Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Dr Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario


Previously coded ENH2991


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.


It is intended that students undertaking this course should develop:

  1. Knowledge and an understanding of the historic context of the development of the main genres of children's literature, and of contemporary trends and issues.
  2. Knowledge and an understanding of the ways in which different cultures construct different ideas of childhood, and of implied child readers.
  3. A critical understanding of the ways in which adult and child readers learn to construct cultural paradigms, particularly of national identity, through their reading.
  4. Critical skills pertaining to narratology, deconstruction and discourse analysis.
  5. An understanding of the crucial significance of childhood reading, and a desire to explore beyond the text's parameters.


Written work (3600 words): 80%
Test: 20%

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour seminar per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Literary studies (Literatures in English)


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