01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR
Mason Korea (119 Songdomunhwa-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Korea) G201
Section Information for Fall 2022
Children’s literature is fueled by a paradox. It praises the idea that the child is close to Nature, to the ideal of living free from all social constraints. At the same time, because families and societies care about their values and their future, children’s literature is at its core a socializing project, one that directs strong ideological messages at children.
This course introduces the critical study of children’s literature, offering an introduction to the history of the genre and to the tools of literary analysis. It will begin with the Anglo-American tradition, then focus on writing for and about children from colonial-era Korea, a key time in the development of Korean ideas about childhood and the child’s role in national identity. It will include short essays, quizzes, and a group project: creating a website on colonial-era Korean children’s literature. This project will require multi-lingual students and those who speak only English to work together to find relevant images from the Seoul Museum of History archives, and to translate into English and to write introductions for several stories from that era now available only in Korean.
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