Children's Fantasy Literature

Description

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.

Availability

Ourimbah

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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.

Content

The 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.

Assumed Knowledge

20 units of English at 1000 level

Assessment Items

Essay: Minor essay

Essay: Major essay

Journal: Journal entries

Contact Hours

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term