Module Details for the Academic Year 2018/2019

ENG10020 Children's Literature

This module will analyze some major texts from various countries. The focus will be on children's literature and how it subverts or ratifies established "adult" codes. It will consider the differences and similarities between children's and adult classic literature, asking whether the border between the two is meaningful, and whether a category of children's literature is possible or valuable. Texts may vary from year to year. For example, Little Women, Alice in Wonderland, Huckleberry Finn, Wizard of Oz, Tom's Midnight Garden, the Harry Potter series, the work of William Blake, Edward Lear, C.S. Lewis, or P.L. Travers may feature on the syllabus.

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On completion of this module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of childrens literature as a literary genre2. Examine childrens literature in the context of traditional forms of literature3. Assess childrens literature in terms of national designations4. Present ideas orally and engage in discussion5. Write a scholarly essay which is appropriate for First-Year students of English 
Item Workload


Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Description % of Final Grade Timing
Assignment: Mid-semester essay


Varies over the Trimester
Continuous Assessment: Attendance and Contribution


Varies over the Trimester
Examination: End of term exam


2 hour End of Trimester Exam


This module is not passable by compensation

Resit Opportunities

End of Semester Exam


If you fail this module you may repeat, resit or substitute where permissible.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles

Equivalent Modules

Children's Literature (ENG1001E)

Prior Learning

Curricular information is subject to change