Department of English Department of English College of Arts and Sciences
Course Descriptions

Cathy Powers Dice
cdice@memphis.edu

This course provides an introduction to the study of children’s literature and will focus on works representing a wide variety of time periods, cultures, and genres.  Students will examine each work in its historical and cultural context and on the basis of such general literary elements as character, theme, symbolism, point of view, setting, and tone.  Furthermore, the course will focus on issues specific to children’s literature: How is the work specifically directed towards readers who are children?  What is the age group of the intended audience?  The reading level?  How do text and illustrations interact in telling the story?  What types of characters (human, animal, somewhere in between) are featured?  How are children depicted?  What are their roles, abilities, responsibilities, fears, needs, etc.?  What about adults, especially parents?

Required Texts

Curtis, Christopher Paul.  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963.  New York:  Yearling, 1995. ISBN:0440414121.

Rowling, J.K.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. New York:  Scholastic, 1997. ISBN:9780590353427.

Dr. Seuss.  Six by Seuss. New York: Random House, 1991. ISBN:0679821481.

Taylor, Mildred.   Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. New York:  Puffin, 1976. ISBN:9780142401125.

White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web. New York: Harper Trophy, 1980.  ISBN:9780064400558.

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