The 1950s and 1960s are called the second golden age of children's literature in English. Why was this period, coinciding with the rise of television, a particularly fertile period for children's literature? What were the cultural contexts of this phenomenon? We will consider some groundbreaking works of children's literature from this perspective, while fostering an awareness of how the same concerns and tastes were/were not shared by adult culture.
class attendance / oral presentations / short quizzes / watching assigned films / term paper
Mary Norton, The Borrowers Philippa Pearce, Tom's Midnight Garden C. S. Lewis, The Narnia Series J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit Tove Jansson, Finn Family Moomintroll Handouts to be distributed in class.
Humphrey Carpenter and Marie Prichard eds. The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature. OUP, 1999. Victor Watson ed. The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English. CUP, 2001.
Active participation in class. Preparation for presentations. Preliminary reading. The class will be conducted in English.
Introduction: Creating Alternative Worlds 1.Gulliver's Travels and Its Heirs Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels Mary Norton, The Borrowers 2.The Question of Time E. Nesbit, The Story of the Amulet Philippa Pearce, Tom's Midnight Garden 3.Remythologization C. S. Lewis, The Narnia Series 4.Subcreation J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit Tolkien, ‘On Fairy Tales' 5.Other Alternative World Fantasies Tove Jansson, The Moomintroll Series
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