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Spring 2017-2018
* ENG 385 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Children's Literature

William A. Gleason

A survey of classic texts written for children from the past 200 years in (primarily) England and America. We will examine the development and range of the genre from early alphabet books to recent young adult fiction. We'll try to put ourselves in the position of young readers while also studying the works as adult interpreters, asking such questions as: How do stories written for children reflect and shape the lives of their readers? What can children's literature tell us about the history of reading, or of growing up, or of the imagination itself? In the process we will consider psychological and social questions as well as literary ones.

Sample reading list:
Anon., History of Little Goody Two-Shoes
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 200 pages of reading per week. Two or three short papers and a final exam. Students will also engage with the course's unique, interactive digital archive of rare children's ABC books.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Final Exam - 25%
Papers - 60%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other information:
Distribution Requirement: Modernity

Reserved Seats:
Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors 210

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41055 L01 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm M W   McCosh Hall   50   Enrolled:390 Limit:415
41057 P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm M   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:14 Limit:14 Closed
43157 P01A 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm M   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:12 Limit:14
43158 P01B 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm M   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:13 Limit:14
43159 P01C 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm M   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:13 Limit:14
43160 P01D 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm M   McCosh Hall   34   Enrolled:13 Limit:14
43161 P01E 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm M   McCosh Hall   B22   Enrolled:14 Limit:14 Closed
43857 P01F 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm M   McCosh Hall   B24   Enrolled:12 Limit:14
41058 P02 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm M   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:10 Limit:14
43162 P02A 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm M   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:8 Limit:14
41059 P03 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:14 Limit:14 Closed
41060 P04 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm M   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:12 Limit:14
41061 P05 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am T   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:14 Limit:14 Closed
43897 P05A 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am T   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:15 Limit:14 Closed
41062 P06 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:13 Limit:14
43163 P06A 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:12 Limit:14
41063 P07 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm T   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:14 Limit:14 Closed
43164 P07A 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm T   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:11 Limit:14
41064 P08 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm T   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:12 Limit:14
43165 P08A 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm T   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:12 Limit:14
41065 P09 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:14 Limit:14 Closed
41066 P10 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am W   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:14 Limit:14 Closed
41067 P11 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am W   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:13 Limit:14
43166 P11A 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am W   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:12 Limit:14
41068 P12 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm W   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:14 Limit:14 Closed
43167 P12A 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm W   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:10 Limit:14
43168 P12B 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm W   McCosh Hall   B11   Enrolled:12 Limit:14
41069 P13 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm W   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:12 Limit:14
41070 P14 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:11 Limit:14
41071 P15 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th   McCosh Hall   B45   Enrolled:13 Limit:14
43169 P15A 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:12 Limit:14
41072 P16 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm Th   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:15 Limit:14 Closed