English 180 - Winter, 2019

Children's Literature

Class Information

Instructor: Dolan, Frances
CRN: 33307
Time: TR 10:30-11:50
Location: 26 Wellman


    This course offers an introduction to the concept of literature written specifically for children and to some of the classics of this literature in English, from ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND to HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN. We will read at a brisk clip! But there will be time to savor our reading and our analysis of it. We will work together to: think about the stories and books that have shaped our own imaginations; explore what it means to read or re-read these books as adults; consider what these books tell us about the history of childhood and the importance of books and reading in that history; attend to continuity and change across time; and reflect on what it means to be a child. Above all, this is a class about the pleasures of reading, imagining, and risking.


    First paper (25%);
    final paper (25%);
    quizzes (25%);
    final exam (25%)


    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
    Treasure Island, R.L. Stevenson
    Esperanza Rising, Pam Munoz Ryan
    Mary Poppins, P.L.Travers
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
    Peter Pan, J.M.Barrie
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K.Rowling
    Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Concise edition:Folk & Fairy Tales