Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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 currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2018.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate developed understanding of a number of important works of children's fantasy literature from the late nineteenth century to the present;

2. Reflect on social and cultural concerns in children's fantasy literature;

3. Demonstrate interpretive and analytic skills necessary to comprehend the practice of children's fantasy writing since the late nineteenth century;

4. Show familiarity with critical debates about children's fantasy literature;

5. Demonstrate 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.

Assumed knowledge

20 units of English at 1000 level

Assessment items

Essay: Minor essay

Essay: Major essay

Journal: Journal entries

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