The Development of British Children's Literature (TRU3046)

30 credits

The Development of British Children’s Literature will introduce you to the history of writing for children in Britain from the eighteenth century to the present. In addition to examining many books now considered ‘children’s classics’, you will also read texts that are now largely forgotten but which were once avidly read by children. Some seminars will take the form of workshops where students will have the chance to analyse a wide range of picture books or annuals. Among the issues you will investigate are: the relationship of children’s literature to evolving definitions of the child; the representation of gender, class, age, and nationality in children’s literature; and the twin roles of didacticism and entertainment in writing for children.