Children's Fantasy Literature
|Course code ENGL3664||Units 10||Level 3000||Faculty 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.
Not available in 2014
|Previously offered in 2012|
|Objectives||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.
|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|
|Modes of Delivery||Internal Mode|
|Contact Hours||Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term|