Children's Fantasy Literature
Available in 2012
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.
Upon 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.
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.
20 units of English at 1000 level
Modes of Delivery
Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term