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This online English course is a critical study of literature written for children or appropriated by adults for the nursery. The emphasis will be on distinguishing the characteristics and cultural significance of a variety of works from the medieval to the modern period.
This course takes as its focus the history of children's literature in Britain from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, with an emphasis on nineteenth-century works for children.
The first half of the course concentrates on texts included in the anthology From Instruction to Delight and on John Bunyan's seventeenth-century allegory The Pilgrim's Progress, and is designed to survey the development of a literature shaped specifically for children from its beginnings to the Golden Age of the nursery in the mid-nineteenth century.
The second half of the course will explore one dominant genre in children's literature of the twentieth century: fantasy. Central to our study will be an examination of the construction of childhood across the centuries, consideration of the intersections and relationships between literature, politics, philosophy, commerce, religion, economics, art, and other cultural sites, and an investigation of the dynamic between literature written for adult audiences and books read by children.
As we work through our course we will interrogate hackneyed clichés and popular assumptions such as that the primary function of books read by children (past or present) is to stimulate the imagination of the child, that children's literature is simplistic, conservative, or moral, and that children are naturally sweet, innocent little angels.
This course is a critical study of literature written for children or appropriated by adults for the nursery. The emphasis will be on developing critical reading and writing skills, and on distinguishing the characteristics and cultural significance of a variety of works from the medieval to the post-modern period.
- A sample exam is included in the course notes, and exams for previous sessions available through the Exambank are equally indicative of the kind of exam you can expect to write for this course.
- Students who lack the pre-requisite must contact the Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Dr Chris Fanning (firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 613-533-2153 or 613-533-6000 ext. 74402).
- If the course is full, students should check SOLUS frequently for space availability; the course instructor cannot add students to a fully-subscribed course, nor can she add students who lack a pre-requisite or other requirement. The last date to add a Fall course is September 23, 2011. For more information, please call 613-533-3322.
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|3 online Discussion Forums (Moodle) exercises||10%|
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Assignments are to be submitted through Moodle in the assigned order. Both essays must be submitted prior to the exam date for a student to be eligible to write the final exam. A student must submit both essays to pass the course. Rewrites of the assignments are not permitted.
Late assignments are penalized 2% per day on the assignment grade; a weekend counts as a single "day."
Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
Students will obtain their lesson notes and assignments from the course Moodle site beginning the first day of term.
Required Texts (to be confirmed)
Texts may be ordered online from Queen's Campus Bookstore:
- Demers, Patricia, ed. From Instruction to Delight: An Anthology of Children's Literature to 1850. 3rd ed. Oxford UP, 2008.
A complete list of the books used for this follows, the specific books selected from this list for the current term can be verified on the Campus Bookstore text search.
- Barrie, J.M. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, and Peter and Wendy. 1906. Oxford World's Classic, 2008. ISBN 978-0-19-953784-6 (Only Peter and Wendy is required.)
- Bunyan, John. Pilgrim's Progress. 1678. Oxford World Classics, 2003. ISBN 978-0-19-953813-3
- Burnett, Francis Hodgson. The Secret Garden. Harper Collins Canada. ISBN 978-0-06-440188-3
- Dahl, Roland. Danny the Campion of the World. Puffin USA. ISBN 978-0-14-241033-2
- Demers, Patricia, ed. From Instruction to Delight. 3rd ed. Oxford UP, 2008. 978-0-19-542817-9
- Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck. 1908. Warne, 2002. ISBN 0-7232-4778-1
- Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit. 1902. Warne, 2002. ISBN 0-7232-4770-6
- Pullman, Philip. The Golden Compass. 1995. Yearling, 2001. ISBN 0-440-41832-1
- Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit. 1937. HarperCollins, 2006. ISBN 978-0-261-10221-7
- Wilde, Oscar. The Happy Prince and other Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde. Dover Publications Inc., 2001. ISBN 0-486-41723-9
* Other editions of the texts are acceptable, although you may find it difficult to identify specific passages referenced in the course notes. The one exception is the anthology From Instruction to Delight. Many of the works required for this course are not available in the first edition of the book, so you are strongly discouraged from using it. There are some discrepancies between the second edition of 2004 and the third edition of 2008 recommended for this section of the course, but page numbers for both of these editions have been provided in the course notes, so either is acceptable. The Oxford edition of J.M. Barrie's work includes two novels: Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and Peter and Wendy. Only the latter of these two is required for this course, and it is available in other editions sometimes simply entitled Peter Pan. You should also be aware that the 2002 edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit features several illustrations which had not been included in editions of the tale published after 1903.
Page references are provided for both the 2001 Dover edition of The Happy Prince and Other Fairy Tales recommended for this course, and for the 1990 Signet Classic edition of Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde published by the New American Library (1990). Both of these volumes are inexpensive, and either would be fine for the purposes of this course.
- Hacker, Diana. A Canadian Writer's Reference. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012. ISBN 978-0-312-59319-3
The form and content of your writing are inextricably entwined, and as you may expect in an English course of this level, your grade is dependent on the richness and originality of your ideas, the acuity of your critical analysis of the subject texts, and the clarity and precision of your language. Students in this course are strongly encouraged to procure a writing handbook or style guide such as A Canadian Writer's Reference (either the third edition of 2004, the fourth edition of 2007, or even better , the fourth edition with the Modern Language Association [MLA] updates of 2009). Like other level-200 courses offered by the Department of English, the course requires that all assignments conform with the MLA format for academic essays and source citation, so if you are not very familiar with these you should secure access to a writing handbook or similar reliable resource to ensure that your essays satisfy departmental requirements.
To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week on the course.
Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.
About Credit Units
Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Dates and Deadlines section.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.
The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.
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All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.
All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.
Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.