Children's Fantasy Literature

Course code ENGL3664Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Examines fantasy literature for children and young adults from the "Golden Age" in the late nineteenth century to the present time. We will consider such issues as ideas of the hero and the child’s sense of identity; attitudes to race and power and other areas of broader cultural concern; the location of imaginary spaces; and the values attached to art and the imagination.

Available in 2015

OurimbahSemester 2
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:
1. developed understanding of a number of important works of children’s fantasy literature from the late nineteenth century to the present;
2. ability to reflect on social and cultural concerns in children’s fantasy literature;
3. interpretive and analytic skills necessary to comprehend the practice of children’s fantasy writing since the late nineteenth century;
4. familiarity with critical debates about children’s fantasy literature;
5. essay-writing and research skills at advanced undergraduate level.
ContentThe course will cover the relationships between children’s fantasy literature and both past and contemporary societal norms. It will examine the influence of Romanticism in childhood, the Victorian child and fantasy, the fantastic sublime, trauma and fantasy, fantasy and humour. In addition, the course will include discussion of the role of imperialism and ideas of the Other, and notions of resistance, freedom and power in fantasy literature for children.
Replacing Course(s)na
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units of English at 1000 level
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments1000-word minor essay 20%

2000-word major essay 40%
JournalJournal entries 40%
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ENGL3664