20 credits at level HE6
This module aims to develop a critical appreciation of post-World War II children’s literature’ by examining a range of fictional texts marketed for children.
It will explore the contested nature of the term ‘children’s literature' and the changing constructions of the child in the period from the Second World War to the new millennium, noting how perceptions about what is suitable for ‘children’ have changed . A number of children’s fictional texts will be examined in detail, from the literary to the populist.
A selection from the following:
E.B. White Charlotte's Web 
Catherine Storr Marianne Dreams 
Russell Hoban The Mouse and his Child 
Nina Bawden Carrie's War 
Gillian Cross Wolf 
David Almond. Skellig. 
Louis Sachar. Holes.
Sonya Hartnett. Thursday's Child 
There will be fourteen 3 hour sessions. These will generally consist of mini-lectures, small-group and classroom discussion, plus tutorial slots to offer guidance on progress and assessments. Individual study should make up the 200 student learning hours.
There are two assessments:
an essay (2,500 words)
a critical journal (3,000 words)
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||understand the changing conceptions of the child as shown in children's fictional texts||show an awareness of how images of the child have changed in fictional texts for children|
|2.||have a thorough critical knowledge of a number of post-war children's texts||demonstrate an ability to criticise a number of post-war children's texts|
|3.||understand a range of theoretical approaches and conceptual tools to analyse and evaluate fictional texts||deploy a range of theoretical approaches and conceptual tools in analysing and evaluating fictional texts|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Essay 2,500 words||A critical journal 3,000 words|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
See list above, many of which are available in different editions. Please note: Only a selection from this list will be explored in detail. Up-to-date information will be given closer to the running of the module.
Hollindale, Peter Signs of Childness in Chldren’s Books Thimble Press, 1997
Hunt, Peter Understanding Children's Literature, London: Routledge, 2005
Lesnik-Oberstein, Karin. Children's Literature: criticism and the fictional child Oxford UP, 1994
McGillis, Roderick. The Nimble Reader: literary theory and children’s literature New York: Twayne, 1996
Nodelman, Perry and Reimer, Mavis. The Pleasures of Children’s Literature 3rd ed. Longman, 2002
Reynolds, Kimberley (ed) Modern Children's Literature: an introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005
Rose, Jacqueline. The case of Peter Pan; or, the impossibility of children's fiction. London: Macmillan, 1984.
Stephens, John. Language and Ideology in Children's Fiction. London: Longman, 1992.
Thacker, Deborah Cogan and Webb, Jean. Introducing Children’s Literature: from Romanticism to Postmodernism. London: Routledge, 2002
Zipes, Jack. Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children’s Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter Routledge, 2000
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