English 583: The Heroic Tradition in Children's Literature
Fall 2013 – Section #22231125
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
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games – Scholastic
[Kindle version okay]
Homer, The Odyssey (translation by Robert Fagles) – Penguin [Kindle version of THIS edition okay]
L.M. Montgomery, Rilla of Ingleside Bantam
Marilyn Nelson, A Wreath for Emmett Till - Houghton Mifflin
Terry Pratchett, The Last Hero - Harper Voyager or Gollancz
Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass – Laurel Leaf [Kindle version okay]
Louis Sachar, Holes – Yearling [Kindle version okay]
Dodie Smith, The Hundred and One Dalmatians - Puffin Story Books [Kindle version okay]

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

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



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