This course traces the birth of children's literature in Victorian England. What was its context, and what was its impact on culture and society? Through reading some of the major works produced in the period, we shall consider how and why the genre of children's literature emerged at this particular moment in history. Attention will also be paid to the process in which these works came to be considered as "classics" through representations in various media.
attendance / oral presentations / short quizzes / preliminary reading / watching assigned films / term paper
Lewis Carroll, The Annotated Alice: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Penguin, 2001.
Handouts to be distributed in class.
Jackie Wullschlager, Inventing Wonderland: The Lives and Fantasies of Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, J.M. Barrie, Kenneth Grahame and A.A. Milne. Methuen, 1995. Morton N. Cohen, Lewis Carroll: A Biography. Macmillan, 1999.
Edward Lear, The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse. Ed. Vivien Noakes. Penguin, 2001.
Come to class prepared and ready to discuss the material. The class will be conducted in English.
Introduction: Why Do We Read Children's Literature?
1. Victorian England
2. Images of Childhood through the Ages
3. Lewis Carroll's Alice Books: Close Reading
4. Edward Lear's Nonsense Poems: Close Reading
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