14 July 2017
Wonderland: 100 Years of Children’s Literature
This module is intended to give you the opportunity, as an undergraduate student studying English Literature and/or History, to explore 100 years of children’s literature, starting in the twentieth century and finishing in the present day. It will offer an introduction to an exciting range of texts (fairy tales, fantasies, fables, adventure stories and nonsense rhymes), and will encourage discussions and debates about the uses children’s literature makes of different media: visual, sonic, tactile, filmic and digital. In addition to lectures and seminars, there will be the chance to view manuscripts in London’s rich archives, to visit museums, and to investigate how the capital’s sites and spaces have inspired the creation of imaginative worlds. The module will develop your knowledge of a variety of interpretative approaches, including psychoanalysis, Marxism, gender theory, narratology and new historicism. It will also have a strong creative component where you will be given the chance to devise, and perform, your own children’s stories.
This module will consist of a minimum of 45 contact hours with teaching taking place between 9 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday.
Learning outcomes and objectives
By the end of the module, you should have:
• developed close-reading techniques and an ability to analyse texts, images, and film, as well as use literary theories and knowledge of historical contexts to present interpretations of key texts in a written essay.
• gained the ability to use the theoretical approaches developed in a practical way: in the writing of a short creative piece with a critical commentary.
• broadened your understanding of the genre of children’s literature, as well as increased your knowledge of twentieth century cultural, political and social history; modernism and postmodernism.
• Increased your awareness of the industries attached to children’s literature; its importance to London’s cultural heritage and cultural capital.
Many of our students get credit for the summer modules taken at King’s. You should approach your home university before applying as it is up to them to apply the credit to your degree programme. We would recommend a three week module would be equivalent to 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.
GBP 1500: Tuition Fee