Examines the origins and development of literature produced for children and young adults. Investigates the socially constructed notion of childhood and critiques texts using the intersections between gender, class and race as categories of analysis.
This paper is designed to familiarise students with the discourses emerging from local and international scholarship in the field of children's literature research. By evaluating a range of historical and contemporary texts you will be well equipped to determine how notions of quality are mediated within learning contexts. This relatively new area of inquiry will open up for you a vast array of literatures produced for children and deepen your understandings about the role of children's literature as a vehicle for relaying and confronting dominant societal constructions. You will also have the opportunity to explore contemporary debates in relation to digital, print and film media and have your enhancement of children's literature expanded.
|Paper title||Junior and Young Adult Literature in Cultural Contexts|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2018|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$922.02|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,352.87|
- 54 300-level EDUX or EDUC points
- Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.
- This paper would be suitable for those students who have completed a Bachelor of Teaching degree or a Bachelor of Education Studies degree to a high standard and for librarians and teachers with the appropriate qualifications who have an interest in developing their expertise in the area of children's literature.
- Teaching staff
- Trish Brooking
- Students will be expected to access required readings via the library and the Internet and to source their own relevant readings.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research,
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- Paper Structure
- This paper examines the origins and development of literature produced for children
and young adults. It investigates the socially constructed notion of childhood and
critiques texts using the intersections between gender, class and race as categories
The modules cover:
- Origins in children's literature - mythology
- Fairytales and folklore
- Literary theory
- Categories of analysis
- Global literature and literature of migration
- Children and society
- Verbal and visual codes in picturebooks
- Notions of quality and selection issues
- Mixed media and multimodal texts
- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will be able
- To critique national and international literature to develop an area of research interest
- To critically examine a range of historical and contemporary children's texts to examine notions of quality
- To appraise the role of critical and theoretical perspectives in text analysis