Culler, Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
Rosen, This Is Our House
Reeve, Fever Crumb
This unit introduces students to contemporary literary and cultural theories pertinent to reading and analysing texts produced for children. Students will develop their own research projects that address a key analytical aspect of children’s literature. Research topics include social and historical contexts for the production and reception of children's literature; constructions of childhood; semiotics of visual and verbal texts; critical approaches to children's texts; ideology and value; and classics, canons and postmodernity.