Course Syllabus Fall 2005

NB: Please check this webpage regularly for updates!

Mandatory Summer Reading
Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass


Primary Texts at the U.Va. Bookstore:
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Maria Tatar, The Classic Fairy Tales
Heinrich Hoffmann, Struwwelpeter (also available as web resource)
Jean Craighead George, Julie of the Wolves
Sydney Taylor, All of a Kind Family
Carolivia Harron, Nappy Hair
J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Michael Ende, The Neverending Story
C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
E.B. White, Charlotte's Web
Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree


Other primary texts/movies easily available
Mordicai Gerstein, The Wild Boy(on reserve in Clemons)
Bell Hooks, Happy to Be Nappy (on reserve in Clemons)
Michel Ocelot, Kirikou and the Sorceress (on reserve in Clemons)
Various Fairy Tale adaptations (Clemons reserve, Ed School library, Media Center)
Various Peter Pan adaptations (Media Center)

 

Schedule

Week 1: Thur, Aug. 25 -- Introduction: Why Study Children's Literature in College?


Week 2: Tues, Aug. 30 -- Critical and not-so-critical Approaches to Children's Literature

Readings:
  • Peter Hunt (ed.), Understanding Children's Literature. Introduction. 1-14
Work Due:
  • Go to course webpage and carefully read the instructions for and then purchase a Reading Journal.
  • Read objectives and requirements and note questions in your journal.
  • Look carefully through the syllabus as you consider these questions: What's missing? What other issues/topics should be included in a college course such as this? In your reading journal, write down a list of suggestions and your reasons for including those topics. Bring your journal to class!
  • Complete MER, Baxter-Magold

Week 2: Thurs, Sep. 1 -- The Harry Potter Phenomenon: Why all the talk?

Readings:
  • Other Resources:

    • Deborah L. Thomson, Deconstructing Harry. In: Susan Lehr (Ed.) Beauty, Brains and Brawn : The Construction of Gender in Children's Literature. 42-51

Work Due:

Week 3: Tues, Sep. 6 -- What is Childhood?

Readings:

Other Resources:

Work Due:

Week 3: Thurs, Sep. 8 -- "Classic Fairy Tales, Their Uses, and How They Fit Into
European Literary History

Readings:
  • Little Red Riding Hood. In: The Classic Fairy Tales. 3-24
  • Zohar Shavit, The Concept of Childhood and Children's Folktales: Test Case - Little Red Riding Hood.In: The Classic Fairy Tales. 317-332

Other Resources:

    • Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment.The Meaning and Imortance of Fairy Tales. In: The Classic Fairy Tales. 269-28
Work Due:

Week 4: Tues, Sep. 13-- Fairy Tales, Feminist Perspectives

Readings:
  • Snow White. In: The Classic Fairy Tales. 74-96
  • Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Snow White and her Wicked Stepmother. In: The Classic Fairy Tales. 291-297

    Other Resources:

    • Jack Zipes, Breaking the Disney Spell. In: The Classic Fairy Tales. 332-353
    • Fairy Tale Adaptations: Selected Poems
Work Due:

Week 4: Thurs, Sep. 15 -- Picture Books
                                           
Guest speaker: Laura Smolkin (Curry School of Education)

Readings:
  • Molly Bang, How Pictures Work (Clemons Reserve)

    Other Resources:

    • Perry Nodelman, Decoding the Images: How Picture Books Work. In: Peter Hunt, Understanding Children's Literature. 128- 139
Work Due:

SUNDAY, Sep. 18 : MOVIE SCREENING, 4 p.m., 1466 Oxford Rd
I encorage you to carpool.

Please bring an appetite and anything fairy tale related that you'd like to share with the class.


Week 5: Tues, Sep. 20 -- Pedagogy, Dark Pedagogy?

Readings:
Work Due:

Week 5: Thurs, Sep. 22 -- Alternative Pedagogy

Readings:

 

Work Due:

Week 6: Tues, Sep. 27 -- Island Stories, Peer Review

Readings:
  • Jean Craighead George, Julie of the Wolves

    Other Resources:

Work Due:

Week 6: Thur, Sep. 29 -- Minority Perspectives
                                        
Guest speaker: Vanessa Ochs (Rel. Studies), TAP

Readings:
  • Sydney Taylor, All of a Kind Family
Work Due:
  • Paper due
  • Reading Journal due

Week 7: Tues, Oct. 4 -- Special READING DAY, NO CLASS

Readings:
  • Kathleen T. Horning, Writing a Review. In: From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and reviewing Children's Books.
  • Laura Smolkin's power point -- Picture Books
Work Due:

 

Week 7: Thur, Oct. 6 -- Minority Perspectives
                                        
Guest speaker: Laura Smolkin (Curry School of Education)

Readings:

Other Resources:

Work Due:

Team Proposals

  • Post by Sunday, Oct. 9, 4 p.m.: 500-word proposal of team project
  • Post by Monday, Oct. 10, 4 p.m.: feedback on proposals
  • Before class: Read feedback on you team's proposal and bring your questions to class

 

Week 8: Tues, Oct. 11 --

Readings:
Work Due:
  • Bring your book review to class (see also assignment from Oct. 4) and, if at all possible, the book you reviewed. Be prepared to present your review to the class.
  • Read feedback on you team's proposal and bring your questions to class

Week 8: Thur, Oct. 13 -- Cognitive Development
                                         
 Guest lecture: Judy DeLoache (Psychology)

Readings:
Work Due:



Week 9: Tues, Oct. 18 -- Fantasy

Readings:
  • Michael Ende, The Neverending Story, Chapters 1-13 (A-M)
Work Due:

Week 9: Thur, Oct. 20 --Fantasy

Readings:
  • Michael Ende, The Neverending Story, Chapters 14-19 (N-S)
Work Due:

Week 10: Tues, Oct. 25 -- The Neverending Story

Readings:

Other Resources:

    • Peter Hunt, Alternative Worlds in Fantasy Fiction.
      Part I      Part II
    • The NeverEnding Story, film adaptation, directed by Wolfgang Peterson (Clemons Video Reserve, Media Center, 3rd Floor
Work Due:

Week 10: Thur, Oct. 27 -- WORKDAY FOR GROUPS

  
Work Due:
  • Teams 3 & 4 post on toolkit reading assignments for classmates

Week 11: Tues, Nov. 1 -- Presentations
                                          Team 1: Moral and Pro-social Development in Fantasy Literature
                                          Team 2: Southern African Snow White

Readings:
Work Due:
  • Team 5 post on toolkit reading assignments for classmates

Week 11: Thur, Nov. 3 -- Presentations
                            Team 3: Gender Stereotyping: Andragynous Characters, Ballarina Boys, and the
                                         Anatomy of a Tomboy

                  
          Team 4: Holocaust Fiction for Children

Readings:
Work Due: 

Week 12: Tues, Nov. 8 -- Presentation
                                          Team 5: The Absence of Adults in Children's Literature
 

Readings:
Work Due:

Week 12: Thur, Nov. 10 -- Fantasy

Readings:
  • C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • E.B. White, Charlotte's Web
Work Due:

Week 13: Tues, Nov. 15 -- Fantasy: Of Bears and Other Allusions

Readings:
Work Due:
  • Post by 9 a.m. two potential questions/topics for your second paper
  • After today's OR Thursday's discussion: Post your afterhoughts

Week 13: Thur, Nov. 17 -- Fantasy: Science and Religion
                                           
  Guest Speaker: Prof. Doris Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf

Readings:
  • Philip Pullman, The Subtle Knife
  • Mary and John Gribbin, The Science of Pullmann's His Dark Materials. Part 1    Part 2

Other Resources:

Work Due:

 

Week 14: Tue, Nov. 22 -- Thanksgiving Break

Paper Drafts

Any time before and during the break you can post a draft of your 2nd paper and provide feedback on the drafts of the two peers assigned to you. The following are only the latest possible dates! You can start writing and reviewing much earlier; make sure that you communicate with your peer reviewers.


Week 15: Tues, Nov. 29 -- Beyond Fantasy

Readings:
Work Due:
  • Feedback on paper drafts as detailed above
  • After today's OR Thursday's discussion: Post your afterhoughts

Week 15: Thur, Dec. 1 -- Oral tradition
                                          
Special guest: George Crafts (Storyteller)

Readings:
Work Due:
  • Reading Journal due
  • If you have not done so on Tuesday: Please post your afterthoughts after our classmeeting

Week 16: Tue, Dec. 6 -- Literature for Children?

Readings:
  • Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree
  • U. C. Knoepfelmacher, Ventures into Childhood. Prologue. 1-4
Work Due:
  • 2nd paper due this is the final deadline, you can hand in your paper earlier! :)
In addition to a hard copy due in class, please also send me an electronic copy of your paper that I can pass on to the Critical Thinking Core Competency Assessment Study.

Sunday, December 11, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Final Meeting

Learning Portfolio due