Monday, November 23, 2009

Spring 2010: English 401: Childhood in Literature.

English 401: Childhood in Literature. Mary Galbraith
MWF 12-12:50 AH 2112

Into the Wild
Most stories about childhood stay within limits set by adults. Conventional adult perspectives dominate, and adult desires win in the end. Books like this are not children's literature. Children's literature expresses the point of view of someone small with the artistic mastery of someone big.Writers and picture book artists of genius seem to have "left the gate open" to the child they once were. They create haunting narratives out of their early fantasies and experiences. Their books have a wild streak. All the books we will read this semester go "into the wild." They tell a different kind of history.Welcome to Childhood's Literature.

Tentative Reading List (some will be read in excerpt):
Andersen, Hans Christian. Andersen's Fairy Tales
Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline
Browne, Anthony. Gorilla
Burningham, John. Come Away from the Water, Shirley
Card, Orson Scott. Ender's Game
Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Kipling, Rudyard. The Jungle Books
London, Jack. The Call of the Wild
Rey, H. A. Curious George
Ringgold, Faith. Tar Beach
Seuss, Dr. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
Steig, William. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Van Allsburg, Chris. The Polar Express
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House on the Prairie

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