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EL30JS: ANGLO-AMERICAN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

From the picture book to the fairy tale, literature for children offers a wide range of literary modes of engaging with questions of human becoming. This course explores American and British children’s literature from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first century. We will look at a range of genres including poetry, the school story, the adventure story and fantasy, as well as examining the construction of children’s literature as a genre of its own. We will engage in close reading, and consider historical and social context and questions of gender, race and sexuality.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Elizabeth Anderson

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • English (EL) (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

From the picture book to the dark fairy tale, literature for children offers a wide range of literary (and visual) modes of engaging with questions of human becoming and beguiling. This course explores American and British children’s literature from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first century (with a focus on the twentieth century). We will look at a range of genres including poetry, the school story, the adventure story and fantasy, as well as examining the construction of children’s literature as a genre of its own, including issues of authorship and readership. We will engage in close reading, examining literary features of the texts, and consider historical and social context and questions of gender, race and sexuality. Authors studied may include: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Sherman Alexie, Ursula K. Le Guin, E Nesbit, Frances Hodgson Burnett, R. L. Stevenson, C.S. Lewis, Susan Cooper, Neil Gaiman, Melvin Burgess, Jamila Gavin, Jackie Kay and others.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

First Attempt: One short essay of 2000 words (30%), one long essay of 3000 words (50%), a presentation and accompanying report of 750 words (10%), and a seminar assessment mark (10%).

Resit: One on-line essay of 3000 words (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Feedback

Formative and summative assessment will be provided via written feedback on assessed work. Students will also be encouraged to discuss their progress with their tutor .

Detailed written feedback on the essays. Detailed oral and written feedback on the presentations and SAM.

Course Learning Outcomes

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