Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 2 hr seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Supplementary Assessment In the event of failure in the essay assignment, an essay on a new topic to be submitted. In the event of failure in the oral presentation element, a 15 minutes written script on a new topic, written as if for delivery with accompanying visual aids, to be submitted. 


To add diversification to the potfolio of options within the department.


The module is structured as 10 x 2 hour seminars, which will address the tehmes of the course as they arise, as follows:
1 Stories, fairy-tale, and the tradition of children's literature: selections from Grimm, Perrault, Anderson and Wilde
2 Classic Realist Fiction for Children 1: Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
3&4 Classic Realist Fition II: L M Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables / Francis Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
5&6 Animal Stories: Richard Adams, Watership Down / selections from Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book
7&8 High Fantasy and Domestic Fantasy: J R R Tolkein, The Hobbit and J K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
9&10Autobiography for children: Judith Kerr, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit / selections from Ji-Li Liang, Red Scarf Girl

Brief description

This module examines the uniqueness of children's narrative prose, from 'classic realist' texts to contemporary fantasy. it seeks to introduce students to some of the thematic crossovers between adult and child literature, and the forms of children's literature in which identity-formation takes centre stage, such as fictional and non-fictional autobiography and coming of age stories.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not applicable
Communication Written: Sustain an argument for written work. Listen effectively and make coherent oral contributions to seminars. Oral presentation.
Improving own Learning and Performance Through independent reading and research
Information Technology Not applicable
Personal Development and Career planning Develop awareness of personal skills
Problem solving Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of bodies of ideas and critical arguments pertaining to children's literatures, including identity formation, trauma and the role of narrators; Construct a rational argument to critical problem; Undertake critical or evaluative work.
Research skills Understand a range of research methods; Plan and carry out an analytical piece of writing; Produce suitably academically referenced and structured work.
Subject Specific Skills Use appropriate critical and or evaluative skills in presenting a written argument
Team work Play an active part in group activities in the seminar workshop

Reading List

Recommended Text
Children's Literature Quarterly Primo search Children's Literature Review Primo search (1996.) International companion encyclopedia of children's literature /edited by Peter Hunt ; associate editor, Sheila Ray. Routledge Primo search (1976.) Suitable for children? :controversies in children's literature /edited and introduced by Nicholas Tucker. Chatto and Windus for Sussex University Press Primo search (2001.) The Cambridge guide to children's books in English /[edited by] Victor Watson ; advisory editors, Elizabeth L. Keyser, Juliet Partridge, Morag Styles. Cambridge University Press Primo search (2002.) The Oxford companion to fairy tales /edited by Jack Zipes. Oxford University Press Primo search Bettelheim, Bruno. (1989.) The uses of enchantment :the meaning and importance of fairy tales /Bruno Bettelheim. Vintage Books Primo search Coe, Richard N. (1984.) When the grass was taller :autobiography and the experience of childhood /Richard N. Coe. Yale University Press Primo search Hunt, Peter. (1994.) An introduction to children's literature /Peter Hunt. Oxford University Press Primo search Spencer, Margaret Meek (1977.) The cool web :the pattern of children's reading /Margaret Meek, Aidan Warlow, Griselda Barton. Bodley Head Primo search Stephens, John (1992.) Language and ideology in children's fiction /John Stephens. Longman Primo search Townsend, John Rowe (1987.) Written for children :an outline of English-language children's literature /John Rowe Townsend. Outline of English Language Children's Literature. 3rd ed. Penguin Primo search Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6