Course: Children's Literature

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Course title Children's Literature
Course code KAJ/4118
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Marešová Jana, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Kolinská Klára, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Week 1 - The Uses of Literature - Read the 3 versions of Little Red Riding Hood Week 2 - Trends and Early Didacticism in Children?s Literature - Read Holiday House Week 3 - Avoidance of the Didactic - Read Alice?s Adventures in Wonderland Week 4 - The Freeing of the Imagination - Read Through the Looking Glass Week 5 - The Search for Meaning in Alice - Read The Reluctant Dragon Week 6 - Turning Inward: The Golden Age Begins - Read The Phoenix and the Carpet Week 7 - Domestic Fiction: Life at Home - Read Editha?s Burglar Week 8 - Children?s Drama - Read 1st part of Peter Pan Week 9 - Peter Pan: The Epitome of the Golden Age - Read 2nd part of Peter Pan Week 10 ? Animals in Children?s Literature - Read How the Camel Got His Hump Week 11 ? Adventures and Expeditions - Read Winnie-the-Pooh Week 12 - Children?s Poetry - Read Nursery Rhymes Week 13 - Winning Hearts and Minds: The Battle Over Children?s Literature

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 42 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Students get acquainted with the character of children's literature written in English and learn how to understand the specific character of literature for children. This course develops students´ knowledge of literary terminology studied in the subject Introduction to Studying Literature. A series of 14 lectures will focus on the most significant authors writing for children and young people and their works, on typical genres of children's literature and characteristic types of heroes in literature for children. The main aim of the introductory part of this subject is critical analysis of shorter literary texts - fairy tales, legends, poems, etc. - and development of language and interpretative skills in students. The work in seminars will also concentrate on how to make use of children?s literature in the ELT classroom.
By the end of the course, students will: - have gained an overview of children's literature written in English from its origins to its current situation - have learned the basics of literary interpretation - have improved their vocabulary along with their ability to critically analyze literary texts.
The prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of the Intoduction to the Study of Literature.

Assessment methods and criteria
The student must pass an end-of-term exam based on material in readings, lectures, and class discussions.
Recommended literature
  • Bettelheim, B. The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales. Gardners Books, 1991.
  • Carpenter, H. Prichard, M. The Oxford Companion to Children?s Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984.
  • Hunt, P. ed. Understanding Children?s Literature. London: Routledge, 1999.
  • Hunt, P. Children?s Literature: The Development of Criticism. London: Routledge, 1990.
  • Murphy, B. Benet's reader's encyclopedia. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1996.
  • Zipes, J. Sticks and Stones: The troublesome success of children?s literature from slovenly Peter to Harry Potter. London: Routledge, 2001.
  • Zipes, J. The Norton anthology of children's literature: the traditions in English. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): English Language and Literature (A14) Category: Philological sciences 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter