This module examines issues around children's literature and children's literature criticism, departing from the idea that childhood is a historical and cultural construction. Through close analysis of a range of children's literature from the twentieth century and later, the module questions and analyses critical assumptions and formulations around authorship, memory, observation, readership, and identity. Some of the texts will be set by the module convenor whilst further texts may be chosen by the seminar group. Aims: The module questions popular assumptions about writing for children and its role and criticism, and considers how ideas about authorship and readership are constructed within the criticism of children's literature. Students will be asked to analyse texts closely for cultural constructions of childhood, and to analyse their own critical language and assumptions.

Term(s) offered: Spring term module; 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Credit: 3.0
General Education: II A 1