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History of Children's Literature

by La Trobe University

This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.

Course Description

In this subject, students investigate the development of literature for children from the traditional literatures of myth and legend, folk and fairy tales, through early publishing, to the emergence of genres of adventure, fantasy and realism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Customer Reviews

Very good!

Fascinating lectures, I just wish they were in order.

Excellent lectures on the origin of story

Mr. Beagley's well planned lectures provide an excellent overview of the development of story in general starting with mankind's original beliefs about the world that eventually became myth. As he moves forward in time the focus shifts to how and why literature was written for children and what the intents and styles are for girls and boys. Aimed at those familiar with stories, but novices in the field of children's literature, the lectures point out what each story (or in some cases version of a story) were trying to say (or multiple interpretations of what it was trying to say) without stating if such an intent was good or bad. Recommended.

Entertaining and educational

These are a fascinating series of lectures which covers not only children's literature, but the larger body of world literature past and present. Well done!

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