English 583: The Heroic Tradition in Children's Literature
Fall 2014 – Section #22258425
Mondays & Wednesdays 2:00-3:15 p.m. - Anspach 150

In this course we consider the heroic tradition and its influences on Children’s and Young Adult Literature through the ages. In addition to reading a selection of works which have shaped this tradition, we will also study a number of modern and contemporary works of Children’s and Young Adult Literature that incorporate the heroic tradition. Through seminar discussions, directed research projects, presentations, and other means we will consider these texts in terms of their literary, aesthetic, cultural, psychological, theoretical, and sociological perspectives and implications.

Reading List - Specified Editions Are Required

·   Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney – Norton edition
Brad Bird, The Incredibles - film watched in class (do NOT need to purchase video)
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games – Scholastic edition [Kindle version fine]
Homer, The Odyssey (translation by Robert Fagles) – Penguin edition [Kindle version of THIS edition fine]
L.M. Montgomery, Rilla of Ingleside Bantam edition [Kindle version fine]
Marilyn Nelson, A Wreath for Emmett Till - Houghton Mifflin edition
Terry Pratchett, The Last Hero - Harper Voyager or Gollancz edition
Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass – Laurel Leaf [Kindle version fine]
Louis Sachar, Holes – Yearling [Kindle version fine]
Dodie Smith, The Hundred and One Dalmatians - Puffin Story Books [Kindle version fine]
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Ulysses" - posted on Blackboard

. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit – Houghton Mifflin [Kindle version fine]

The full course syllabus will be posted on Blackboard once it is finalized and distributed during our first meeting.



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