Course Syllabus Fall 2007

NB: Please check this webpage regularly for updates!

Primary Texts at the U.Va. Bookstore:
Bannerman, Little Black Sambo; Harper Collins
J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan; Penguin Classic
Carolivia Harron, Nappy Hair; Knopf
Heinrich Hoffmann, Struwwelpeter; Dover
Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass; Knopf
Philip Pullman, The Subtle Knife; Knopf
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone; Scholastic
Maria Tatar, The Classic Fairy Tales; Norton, Critical Edition
Sydney Taylor, All of a Kind Family; Taylor
E.B. White, Charlotte's Web; Harper Trophy

Primary Texts available online through used book sellers:
Mordicai Gerstein, The Wild Boy; Sunburst Edition
Erich Kästner, Emil and the Detectives; Red Fox Classics

Other primary texts/movies easily available
Bell Hooks, Happy to Be Nappy (on reserve in Clemons)
Various Fairy Tale adaptations (Clemons reserve, Ed School library, Media Center)
Various Peter Pan adaptations (Media Center)

Schedule


Week 1: Tues, Aug. 28 -- Introduction: Why Study Children's Literature in College?



Week 1: Thurs, Aug. 30 -- What are Critical Approaches?

Readings:
Work Due:
  • Read objectives, requirements, and How to do well in this class and bring your questions to class.
  • 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? By Wednesday, 8:00 p.m.: On toolkit, post one or two topics and your reasons for why such a topic should be included in a college course such as this. You are collaboratively creating ideas for group projects!
  • Complete Baxter-Magolda's MER survey and bring it to class.

Week 2: Tues, Sept. 4 -- What is Reading?

Readings:
  • Reading Tips
  • E.B. White, Charlotte's Web
  • Perry Nodelman and Mevis Reimer, How to Read Children's Literature. In: The Pleasures of Children's Literature, 14-29
  • Re: Formerly Death...,now didacticism or something else. In: Child_lit list serve archive, July 2007. Read posting by Jane Yolen (author), Michael Joseph (owner of child-lit, Librarian), Perry Nodelman (professor, critic), and Philip Pullman (author). To access postings carefully read information about and subscribe to child_lit list serve. You will need to suscribe with your full official e-mail address including extensions, in my case djb4d@cms.mail.virginia.edu. Under Subscription Options, you can choose whether you'd like to receive e-mails or not. Since it's a very active list I would opt out and simply use the archive. Read guidelines.for using the list.

 

Work Due:


Week 2: Thurs, Sept. 6 -- How to Read Children's Literature?

Readings:
  • E.B. White, Charlotte's Web (cont.)
  • Author as Arbiter. In: Child_lit list serve archive, August 2007. Read postings by Julius Lester (author), Kerry Mockler (graduate student), Philip Pullman (author) and June Cummins (professor, critic). To access postings carefully read information about and subscribe to child_lit list serve.

Other Resources:

Work Due:


Week 3: Tues, Sept. 11
-- What is Childhood?

Readings:

Other Resources:

Work Due:


Week 3: Thurs, Sept. 13 -- What is Children's Literature?
                                                
Case Study: Eurpean Fairy Tales; 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:
  • Please take notes while you read "Little Red Riding Hood" and Zohar Shavit's critical essay. What puzzles, moves, and/or upsets you? Why? How does "Little Red Riding Hood" challenge your assumption about fairy tales and children's literature? Prepare in writing a couple of observation and/or discussion questions. Bring the texts, your notes and your questions to classs.


Week 4: Tues, Sept. 18 -- Case Study: Eurpean Fairy Tales; Feminist Perspective

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
Work Due:
  • Those writing response papers must post them by Monday, 8:00 p.m.
  • Everyone must read these responses before class


Week 4: Thurs, Sept. 20 -- Case Study: Eurpean Fairy Tales; Modern Adaptations

Readings:
  • Fairy Tale Adaptations in verse: Roald Dahl, Anne Sexton, In: The Classic Fairy Tales
  • Selected Poems

Other Resources:

Work Due:
  • TEAMS: Make an appointment with me to discuss your team project (see checklist!)
  • Think about your 1st paper. I encourage you to work in short daily thinking/writing sessions. Many successful writers use a technique called Free Writing. Try it our. Have fun!


SUNDAY, Sept. 23 : 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. 25 -- --What is the Purpose of Education?

Readings:

Other Resources:

Work Due:

 

Week 5: Thurs, Sep. 27 --What is the Purpose of Education?

Readings:

Other Resources:

Work Due:

 

Week 6: Tues, Oct. 2 -- What is a Text? Post Colonial Perspective
                                            Guest speaker: P C Fleming, English

Readings:

Other Resources:

Work Due:

Week 6: Thurs, Oct. 4 --What is Children's Literature? The Case of Peter Pan, TAP

Readings:
Work Due:
  • Paper due

 



Week 7: Tues, Oct. 9 -- READING DAY

Team Proposals



Week 7: Thurs, Oct. 11 --What is Children's Literature? The Case of Peter Pan

Readings:

Other Resources:

Work Due:
  • Those writing responses must post them by Wednesday, 8:00 p.m.
  • Everyone must read these responses before class
  • Read feedback on you team's proposal and bring your questions to class


Week 8: Tues, Oct. 16 -- Literature and Identity: Modern Russian Children's Books
                                              Guest speaker: Kelly Miller (Art History)

Readings:
  • Reading question
  • The Firebird and the Factory: Modern Russian Children's Books, Exhibition Catalogue (you received a free copy)
  • Bilibin, Fairy Tales: The Fairy Tale About Ivan-Tsarevich, the Firebird, and the Grey Wolf (Skazki: Skazka ob Ivane-tsareviche, Zhar-ptitse i o serom volke) Original Images / Translation [Example of late Imperial era literature for children.]
  • Benois, Alphabet in Pictures (Azbuka v kartinakh) [NOTE: this includes audio (!) and the images cycle through on their own] [Watch/listen to at least a few pages to get the sense of it.]
  • Lebedev, Alphabet (Azbuka) [NOTE: this includes audio(!) and the images cycle through on their own] [Watch/listen to at least a few pages to get the sense of it. Compare/Contrast it to Benois’ Alphabet book]
  • Troshin/Deineko, How the Beet Became Sugar (Kak svekla sakharom stala) [Example of Soviet era literature for children.]

Optional:

Work Due:




Week 8: Thurs, Oct. 18 -- Literature and Identity: Jewish American Children's Literature
                                            
   Guest speaker: Prof. Vanessa Ochs (Religious Studies)

Readings:
  • Sydney Taylor, All of a Kind Family

Other Resources:

Work Due:
  • Those writing responses must post them by Thursday, 12:00 a.m.
  • Everyone must read these responses before class
  • Teams submit via e-mail reading assignments for posting on course page. Please include a list of media needed for your presentation (DVD player, laptob, projector, etc.)


Week 9: Tues, Oct 23 -- Literature and Identity: African American Children's Literature

Readings:

Other Resources:

Work Due:
  • Those writing responses must post them by Tuesday, 12:00 a.m.
  • Everyone must read these responses before class


Week 9: Thurs, Oct. 25 -- WORKDAY FOR GROUPS

Readings:
Work Due:


Week 10: Tues, Oct. 30 -- Presentations
                                               Team 1: Rags to Riches and Special Effects
                                               Team 2: Latin American Children's Works

Readings:
Work Due:
  • Those writing responses must post them by Tuesday, 12:00 a.m.
  • Everyone must read these responses before class


Week 10: Thurs, Nov. 1
-- Presentations
                                          Team 4: Commercialism in Children's Literature
                                          Team 5: Children's Literature for children 5 -7 years

Readings:
Work Due:
  • Those writing responses must post them by Thursday, 12:00 a.m.
  • Everyone must read these responses before class


Week 11: Tues, Nov. 6 -- Presentations/ Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass
                                         Team 3: Children's Literature and Censorship

Readings:
  • Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass
Work Due:
  • Those writing responses must post them by Tuesday, 12:00 a.m.
  • Everyone must read these responses before class

 

Week 11: Thurs, Nov. 8 -- Fantasy
                                                Guest Speaker:Claire Lyu (French)

Readings:
Work Due:
  • Those writing responses must post them by Thursday, 12:00 a.m.
  • Everyone must read these responses before class


Week 12: Tues, Nov. 13 -- Intertextuality

Readings:
Work Due:


Week 12: Thurs, Nov. 15 -- Science and Religion

Readings:
Work Due:
  • Carefully read through the two options for your second paper assignment. If you choose the analytic paper option, post a potential questions/topics by Thursday, 12:00 a.m.
  • Those writing responses must post them by Thursday 12:00 a.m.
  • Everyone must read these responses before class


Week 13: Tues, Nov. 20 --

Readings:
Work Due:
  • Those writing responses must post them by Tuesday, 12:00 a.m.
  • Everyone must read these responses before class


Week 13: Thurs, Nov. 22 -- Thanksgiving Break

 



Week 15: Tues, Nov. 27 --
Oral StoryTelling
                                                 
Guest Speaker: John Alexander, ITC

Readings:
Work Due:
  • Those writing responses must post them by Tuesday, 12:00 a.m.
  • Everyone must read these responses before class


Week 15: Thur, Nov. 29  

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:
  • Those writing responses must post them by Thursday, 12:00 a.m.
  • Everyone must read these responses before class

IMPORTANT!
Please do NOT complete online evaluation until after our final meeting on December 12! I have added questions that you will not be able to answer before completing your learning portfolio.


Week 16: Tues, Dec. 4 -- Open Topic

Readings:
Work Due:
  • Those writing responses must post them by Tuesday, 12:00 a.m.
  • Everyone must read these responses before class
  • IMPORTANT! Please do NOT complete the on-line evaluation for this course until after our final meeting on December 12!


Week 16: Tues, Dec. 6 -- Insights gathered from paper research/posting on Child_lit

    

Readings:  
Work Due:
  • 2nd paper due this is the final deadline, you can hand in your paper earlier! :)
  • Those writing responses must post them by Tuesday, 12:00 a.m.
  • Everyone must read these responses before class
  • IMPORTANT! Please do NOT complete the on-line evaluation for this course until after our final meeting on December 12!

Final Meeting

Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Teaching Resource Center

Learning Portfolio due

Please fill out the on-line evaluations for the course.