Quests and Adventures in (Postcolonial) Children's Literature

TU Chemnitz | Sommersemester 2018 Quests and Adventures in (Postcolonial) Children's Literature

Quests and Adventures in (Postcolonial) Children's Literature

Content
In this seminar students will be engaged in canonical as well postcolonial English children’s and young adult fiction, ranging from (oral) tales, picture books and novels, e.g. Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories, to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter (The Philosopher’s Stone). The seminar provides participants with practical strategies for analyzing these texts focusing on issues such as narrative techniques, the child hero, his/her quests and adventures, gender roles, as well as colonial/postcolonial conceptions.
Objectives
Students will gain an insight into the various historical and contemporary representations of child heroes and young adults on their way to adulthood and recognition in a selection of texts and film adaptations. In addition, literary theories such as reception theory, postcolonial theory, or other relevant approaches will be learned and fruitfully applied.
Requirements for credits
The format of this seminar consists of a close reading of primary, theoretical as well as secondary texts, discussions and oral presentations. Each student will present an oral report (approx. 15 minutes), chair a session, prepare questions for a discussion, or work in groups and present the results (PVL). For BA_AA_6 students, the module 5.2 will be completed with an oral exam of 30 minutes (one topic has to be taken from the research colloquium (15 minutes) and one from this seminar (15 minutes)). LAGS-EN 4-students have to write a term paper of 10-12 pages (time allowance: 6 weeks).
Additionally, a workshop-day with school children will be organized. All students are expected to participate in this workshop-day.
Set Texts/Required Reading
J.M. Barrie. Peter Pan.
Lewis Carroll. Alice in Wonderland.
Enid Blyton. Famous Five: On a Treasure Island.
Salman Rushdie. Haroun and the Sea of Stories.
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter (The Philosopher’s Stone).
Siobhan Dowd. Bog Child.

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