Ann-Charlotte Gavel Adams
The history, forms, and themes of Scandinavian children's literature from H. C. Andersen to the present. Exploration of the dominant concerns of authors, adult and non-adult audiences, and the uses to which juvenile and adolescent literature are put. Film adaptations and Scandinavian-American materials included.
1. to gain appreciation and understanding of children's literature in Scandinavia in their historical, social and pedagogical contexts. 2. to gain knowledge of the structure and conventions of children's literature. 3. to learn critical approaches to analysis and aesthetic responses to works of children's literature. 4. to improve skills for interpreting, writing about, and presenting children's literature.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures and group work on assigned tasks
Class assignments and grading
30% Midterm (short answers + 2 short analyses of early tales and stories). 20% Group project (writing/producing a short story for children, making use of the narrative techniques and themes discussed in class). 40% Final exam (short answers + 2 one-pages analyses of post-WWII stories). 10% Participation in class and small group discussions.