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This course aims to provide a broad introduction to children’s literature, focusing on theories of children’s literature, as well as on the main categories of children’s literature (poetry, folktales, myths and legends, realistic and historical fiction, and fantasy), targeting children of different ages. After finishing the course, students will be able to describe the origins and main developments in the genre of children's literature, beginning with folk tales (which weren't targeted at children at all), to the gentle and didactic stories of the First and Second Golden Ages of children's literature. Students will also gain some familiarity with the Harry Potter series, still the biggest recent phenomenon in children’s literature. As the success of the Harry Potter series reveals, children's literature is no longer just for children (if it ever was), and after the course students will also be able to describe developments and contradictions in attitudes towards children in society, as well as towards child characters in books written in different periods.

Reading List:
Note: some materials are available on Moodle--contact the examiner for the password. Students are responsible for getting copies of the novels on their own.

Peter Hunt, "Instruction and Delight"
Perry Nodelman, The Pleasures of Children's Literature, 2nd edition (chapters 2, 5, 6, and 7)
Humphrey Carpenter, “Prologue: The Road to Arcadia,” introduction to Secret Gardens: The Golden Age of Children’s Liteature
C. S. Lewis, “On Three Ways of Writing for Children”
Nina Bawden, “Emotional Realism in Books for Young People”

Charles Perrault, “Cinderella”
Brothers Grimm, "Cinderella"
Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole, “Dinorella”
Jack Zipes, "Origins: Fairy Tales and Folk Tales"

Golden Age (early 20th century)
Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Second Golden Age (1940s-50s)
E. B. White, Charlotte’s Web

J. K. Rowling, The Prisoner of Azkaban

16.7.2019 at 09:00 - 31.7.2022 at 23:59


Enrol for the exam in WebOodi. Then book your exam time and place in Examinarium.


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Suoritustapa on Examinarium-tentti. Ilmoittaudu opetustapahtumaan ensin WebOodissa. Varaa sen jälkeen itsellesi tenttiaika ja -paikka Examinariumista: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/examinarium/opiskelijanohjeet/.

The study method is online examination in Examinarium. First enroll in WebOodi. Then make the time and place reservation in Examinarium: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/examinarium-en/.

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Maria Salenius