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Children's Literature: Concepts and Theories (ENGL710)
Semester 2 / 2015


y separately published work icon White Time Margo Lanagan , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2006 Z1830632 2006 selected work short story young adult science fiction fantasy (taught in 1 units)
y separately published work icon This is Our House Michael Rosen , Bob Graham (illustrator), London : Walker Books [London] , 1996 Z1009082 1996 single work picture book children's (taught in 1 units)
y separately published work icon The Lost Thing Shaun Tan , Shaun Tan (illustrator), Port Melbourne : Lothian , 2000 Z668356 2000 single work picture book children's (taught in 11 units) 'A boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach. Realising it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but is met with indifference from everyone else, who barely notice its presence, each unwilling to entertain this uninvited interruption to their day to day lives. For reasons he does not explain, the boy empathises with the creature, and sets out to find a 'place' for it.'
(Source: The Lost Thing website)
y separately published work icon Trust Me! Paul Collins (editor), Ormond : Ford Street , 2008 Z1498140 2008 anthology poetry short story children's young adult mystery crime horror science fiction romance fantasy historical fiction (taught in 1 units) 'Trust Me!, edited by Paul Collins with a foreword by Isobelle Carmody, is a genre collection of original stories, poems and illustrations from Australia's leading children's writers and illustrators. The contents page includes Andy Griffiths, Gary Crew, Shaun Tan, Leigh Hobbs, Catherine Bateson, Steven Herrick and many others. Poetry and stories by various authors around the themes of adventure, crime, fantasy, science fiction, romance, thriller, horror, historical, etc ' --Provided by publisher

Culler, Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction

Rosen, This Is Our House

Reeve, Fever Crumb

Gaiman, Coraline


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.