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An Introduction to Children's Literature 1800 - 1950

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An Introduction to Children's Literature 1800 - 1950. A five week course with Lauren. 15th April - 13th May 2021. Class size max 25.

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Image: 'The Changeling : Carried Off by Fairies' from Lucie Attwell's Fairy Book (1932)

PLEASE NOTE - BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT SITUATION THIS COURSE WILL BE HELD ONLINE THROUGH ZOOM (training provided)

A free introductory session is offered to anyone new to online learning. Details will be given prior to the class starting.

An Introduction to Children's Literature 1800-1950

Thursday mornings 10 - 12 noon for five weeks 15th April to 13th May 2021

An introduction to Children’s Literature 1800-1950, offers the opportunity for a rich, varied and analytical discussion. Classes will take place electronically, and each week will cover important themes in classic texts that signify ways in which the genre has developed throughout the centuries. This will include an extensive study on areas such as storytelling, fairy tales, the ‘Golden Age’ of children’s fiction, and war-time children’s literature. Additionally, there will be an examination into the background of each author and external factors that may have influenced the literature. The unique nature of this genre is the ability to appeal to both children and adults, with often a striking difference in the meaning each readership will take from the text. We will cover issues such as cultural anxiety and historical events, with an introduction to literary theories including cultural studies, gender and pedagogical theory, with an underlying focus on Gothic tropes and adaptation. This combination of critical and textual analysis, literary theory and background research will act both as a general introduction, and as the starting point for future study in this field.

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Lauren Christie has been a tutor at the University of Dundee for several years, designing and delivering courses on a variety of topics, including children’s literature, horror fiction and gothic young adult fiction. Lauren is widely published across these genres and pedagogical studies. She is currently writing her doctoral thesis analysing the application of bibliotherapy, fear and monsters in children’s literature.

Comments from Lauren's Public Talk for Christmas 2020

"Excellent talk, interesting and engaging topic ".

"We so enjoyed this event! Thank you for hosting it!"

"Lauren was amazing and inspirational'.

"I had to drive my daughter to her dance class in the middle of Lauren's lecture, so I switched over to bluetooth in my car and continued listening while driving. It was still completely audible and enjoyable. I'm telling you this because I think this is testament to how clear a presenter Lauren is, and how well set-up the event was. Thanks."

"Fascinating lecture, enjoyed the Q&A session, hope there are many more I can join. I am based in Switzerland but reap the benefits of this virtual world we have moved to now ".

I love having remote access to lectures such as this. It's great being able to join from the comfort of home and is very inclusive.

"Many thanks for putting this on. it would be great to keep offering things for remote delivery so those not in Dundee can join. all the best".

"It was a treat to listen to Lauren's presentation".

Course code : 04 309

Booking closes three working days before the course begins. Anyone wishing to book after that date should contact bookings@lifelonglearningdundee.org.uk

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