Mar 24, 2023
ENGL 122 - Intro. to Children’s Literature 5 Credits
Survey of children’s literature from a variety of world cultures, including both oral and written traditions such as fairy tales, fantasy, picture books, novels and poetry. Examination of literary, psychological, educational and cultural influences and contexts.
Course Note Previously LIT 110.
Quarters Typically Offered
Designed to Serve Students interested in literature, child development, cultural influences, and teaching.
Active Date 2011-08-15
Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
1. Oral tradition across cultures: myths, legends, folk tales from Western and Nonwestern traditions.
2. Effect of cross-cultural contexts on shaping and interpreting children’s literature.
3. Race, Class, and Gender issues in children’s literature.
4. Effect of changing purpose of children’s literature on selection.
5. Written Traditions: H. C. Andersen, J. Swift, L. Carroll, C. S. Lewis, F. Baum; M. L’Engle.
6. Survey of Picture Books: illustrators and authors.
7. Modern Interpretation: literary, psychological, feminist (Bettelheim, J. Campbell, R. Sale, U. LeGuin, C.S. Lewis).
Student Learning Outcomes
Read and analyze children’s literature from a variety of world cultures.
Recognize and describe cultural, psychological, educational, and literary influences that determine content and form of children’s literature.
Identify and analyze the literature’s character, plot, theme, and literary style.
Recognize and analyze universal themes, such as hero tales, innocence-to-knowledge, good-triumphs-over-evil.
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