Over the past two decades, the postmodernist interest in fluid meaning-making, the possibility of multiple meanings within a single text, and a foregrounded interest in playfulness in literary creation has infused literature for children and young adults. The overt and intentional foregrounding of the text as a fiction asserts a vitality that excites creators and establishes new subject positions for readers. This course examines central aspects of metafiction in literature for children and young adults with particular attention to framing devices, polyphonic narrations, obtrusive narrators, parodic play, intertextuality, typographic experimentation, and a mingling of styles, genres, and modes of discourse. 01/17/2020-01/17/2020 Lecture Friday 03:00PM - 06:20PM EST, Room to be Announced (more)...
Surveys the history of childrens book publishing in the U.S. and then focuses on the various stages of the contemporary childrens book publishing process editing, art direction and design, and marketing. Practioners from each of these areas will share their expertise and involvement in the evolution of a books creation. The final assignment requires that each student will develop a publishing project and show how such a book would be published. 01/16/2020-04/30/2020 Lecture Thursday 03:00PM - 05:50PM EST, Room to be Announced
Explores the writing of a book through various writing exercises and discussion of student work, and literature in the field. Elements of the picture book, such as illustration,design, format, and specific genres will be examined as they relate to the creation of a solid text. 01/15/2020-04/29/2020 Lecture Wednesday 03:00PM - 05:50PM EST, Room to be Announced
This co-taught course offers a thematic exploration of children's and young adult literature as viewed through the sometimes complementary, sometimes contradictory disciplinary lenses of literary criticism and library science. Topics for discussion include the differences and similarities between professional reviewing and literary criticism, literary reception and the reading audience, and the intersections between theory and practice. This course is required for a Dual Degree in LIS/Children's Literature. 01/14/2020-04/28/2020 Lecture Tuesday 03:00PM - 05:50PM EST, Room to be Announced
Provides MFA students individual mentoring from a childrens book author, editor, or critic to develop a single project from its initial conception to submission in manuscript form to a publishing house. Consult with the program director regarding guidelines and deadlines for submitting mentorship proposal. 02/05/2020-02/05/2020 Lecture Wednesday 01:30PM - 03:00PM EST, Room to be Announced (more)...
Explores accounts of childhood reading through critical analysis and primary reading of fictional and artistic depictions of the child as a reader; reader response accounts of children's responses to literature; adult memoirs of childhood reading; parental accounts of reading with children; writings about children's reading in school and library contexts; an exploration of children's choice book awards. Beginning reader books and early chapter books are primary course text, and the course considered the historical development of these forms. 01/13/2020-05/04/2020 Lecture Monday 05:00PM - 07:50PM EST, Room to be Announced
Studies the adolescents quest for a sense of self as she or he must struggle to affirm identity in ever-expanding Joycian circles of influence. Focuses on fiction published for both young adults and adults, drawing from the work of Brock Cole, Robert Cormier, M.E. Kerr, Chris Lynch, Kyoko Mori, Walter Dean Myers, and Virginia Euwer Wolff, among others. 01/13/2020-05/04/2020 Lecture Monday 03:00PM - 05:50PM EST, Room to be Announced
Provides a broad overview of the field of children's and young adult literature, including historical and contemporary considerations, criticism, and representative works from major genres. 01/13/2020-05/04/2020 Lecture Monday 04:00PM - 05:50PM EST, Room to be Announced