Tuesday, 3 March 2009
OU children's literature course
The Open University has a new course (EA 300) on children's literature, suitable for teachers and children's librarians. Participants will learn about the distinctiveness and purposes of children's literature, its prestigious and popular modes and its different representations of children's worlds. The course does this by providing a broad introduction to the vibrant and growing field of children's literature studies, covering children's literature in English ranging from its beginnings in eighteenth-century chapbooks and fairy tales, through seminal nineteenth-century novels, to contemporary examples of fiction illustrating current trends. It also includes the study of picture books old and new, stage performance and film, storytelling and poetry.