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Teaching Children's Literature: Issues, Pedagogy, Resources

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"PEDAGOGICALLY," Glenn Edward Sadler writes, "literature for children, as a subject for instruction, has passed through its adolescence; Alice has managed to grow up Under Ground." Commissioned in response to a four-year survey of teachers, the essays in this collection reflect the growing sophistication of scholarly work in this burgeoning field.

Thirteen essays in the first part highlight issues of canon, pedagogy, genre, and period. In the second part, fifteen experienced teachers describe in detail their ...

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Overview

"PEDAGOGICALLY," Glenn Edward Sadler writes, "literature for children, as a subject for instruction, has passed through its adolescence; Alice has managed to grow up Under Ground." Commissioned in response to a four-year survey of teachers, the essays in this collection reflect the growing sophistication of scholarly work in this burgeoning field.

Thirteen essays in the first part highlight issues of canon, pedagogy, genre, and period. In the second part, fifteen experienced teachers describe in detail their undergraduate courses, workshops, and graduate seminars, revealing what works and what doesn't. Subsequent sections examine selected advanced programs of study around the United States, assess two well-known collections of children's literature, and provide a comprehensive list of resources for classroom use and scholarly research. The volume concludes with a lively dialogue among Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss, and the editor of the book.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780873523660
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Options for Teaching Series
  • Pages: 257
  • Product dimensions: 6.49 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Critical Issues and Approaches
Canonical Issues
Canon Formation: A Historical and Psychological Perspective 12
On Teaching the Canon of Children's Literature 22
An American Canon of Children's Literature 32
Native American Narratives and the Children's Literature Curriculum 41
Teaching Banned Children's Books 51
Critical Approaches
Perspectives on Children's Literature: An Overview 59
Approaching the Illustrated Text 72
Shadows in the Classroom: Teaching Children's Literature from a Jungian Perspective 80
Generic Issues
Reading Fairy Tales 89
Fairy Tales and Children's Literature: A Feminist's Perspective 101
High Fantasy, Rites of Passage, and Cultural Values 109
Periodization: The Case of Romanticism
Childhood and Romanticism 121
Little Girls Lost: Rewriting Romantic Childhood, Righting Gender and Genre 131
Pt. II Course Descriptions
Introduction 144
General Undergraduate Courses
Literature for Children 147
Children's Literature 151
Specific Approaches
Myth, Folktale, and Children's Literature 155
The Tradition of Children's Literature 158
An Introduction to the History of Children's Literature 161
Children's Literature: Great Books 165
Children's Fantasy Literature and the Adult Reader 168
Children's Literature: Picture Books, Poetry, and Fiction 170
Children's Literature: An International Perspective 172
Children's Literature as Social History 175
Children's Literature and Composition 178
Literature for Young Children 181
Children's Literature: Children as Audience 184
Seminars and Workshops
Graduate Seminar in Children's Literature 186
Writing of Children's Fiction 191
Pt. III Selected Advanced Programs
Program in Literature for Children and Adolescents, Illinois State University 196
Children's Literature Program, Eastern Michigan University 200
The Worlds of Juvenile Literature, University of North Carolina at Charlotte 204
Center for the Study of Children's Literature, Simmons College 207
Pt. IV Two Children's Literature Collections
The UCLA Children's Literature Collection 212
The de Grummond Children's Literature Research Collection 218
Pt. V Readings and Resources
Selected Bibliography 224
Periodicals and Annuals 235
Special Collections 237
Organizations Sponsoring Children's Literature 240
Afterword: A Conversation with Maurice Sendak and Dr. Seuss 241
Index 251
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