Description/Objectives: We will be looking at the appropriation and
transformation of traditional fairy tales in
the so called "Golden Age of Children's Literature." Although we shall consider some twentieth century works
by writers such as E. B. White and Sendak at the end, the primary emphasis of the course will fall on Victorian
and Edwardian texts, British rather than American.
The course will be divided into three sections:
I. Fairy Tales and their Permutations:
"Beauty and the Beast"
II. Lewis Carroll and his American Imitators
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and some lesser-known responses to them
III. Animal Fables
Rudyard Kipling: Just So Stories
E. B. White: Charlotte's Web
Maurice Sendak: Various Texts
Reading/Writing Assignments: Anywhere from 100 to 250 pages of reading
a week, mostly prose. Two
papers of 8-10 pages each.
Take Home Final Exam 30%
Class/Precepts Participation 20%
Limitations: Enrollment limited to juniors & seniors only.
Lectures: Monday and Wednesday: 11:00-11:50 a.m.