108年第1學期-5089 培養小叛徒:兒童文學中的思想政治 課程資訊

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本課程名額為 10人,已有10人選讀,尚餘名額0人。

評分方式

評分項目 配分比例 說明
Presentations on Literary Texts and Theoretical Articles 20
Final Essay 20
Oral Presentations of Final Essay 20
Reading Journals 20
Discussions 10
Attendance and Participation 10

授課教師

Mieke Desmet

教育目標

All texts are by nature ideological and political and this is particularly true of children’s and young adult literature. The educational aspect of children’s and young adult literature necessarily implies that one objective of this kind of literature is to mold its readers into socially acceptable beings demonstrating ‘normal’ behaviour. Yet, what is considered socially acceptable and normal can actually vary considerably when looking at children’s literature over a longer time frame. Furthermore, this educational characteristic of children’s literature also implies that writers can use children’s literature to shape children, i.e. the next generation of adults and by extension future writers of children’s literature, in ways different from what mainstream society prefers. Children’s literature is thus a powerful tool for change since one of its aims is to influence child readers into becoming a certain type of adult with specific values. Some writers of children’s literature therefore continually push the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in writing for children in their pursuit of creating change in the real world. This course will challenge students to critically address the overt and covert ideological messages present in a variety of children’s and young adult literature. The course will consider representations of institutional politics, including the role of government, schools, and religion as presented in children’s and young adult literature. Depictions of several aspects of identity politics including class, race, sexuality, and gender will be analyzed. A selection of texts in various formats (picture books, graphic novels, short stories, poetry, children’s and young adult novels, films, TV programs, etc.) will be read and analyzed for their ideological positions and will be discussed together with the historical and socio-cultural contexts which produced them.

課程概述

All texts are by nature ideological and political and this is particularly true of children’s and young adult literature. The educational aspect of children’s and young adult literature necessarily implies that one objective of this kind of literature is to mold its readers into socially acceptable beings demonstrating ‘normal’ behaviour. Yet, what is considered socially acceptable and normal can actually vary considerably when looking at children’s literature over a longer time frame. Furthermore, this educational characteristic of children’s literature also implies that writers can use children’s literature to shape children, i.e. the next generation of adults and by extension future writers of children’s literature, in ways different from what mainstream society prefers. Children’s literature is thus a powerful tool for change since one of its aims is to influence child readers into becoming a certain type of adult with specific values. Some writers of children’s literature therefore continually push the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in writing for children in their pursuit of creating change in the real world. This course will challenge students to critically address the overt and covert ideological messages present in a variety of children’s and young adult literature. The course will consider representations of institutional politics, including the role of government, schools, and religion as presented in children’s and young adult literature. Depictions of several aspects of identity politics including class, race, sexuality, and gender will be analyzed. A selection of texts in various formats (picture books, graphic novels, short stories, poetry, children’s and young adult novels, films, TV programs, etc.) will be read and analyzed for their ideological positions and will be discussed together with the historical and socio-cultural contexts which produced them.

課程資訊

參考書目

Students need to buy the following books:

Almond, David. The Fire Eaters (2003) Whitbread Children’s Book Award Winner 2003
Barter, Catherine. Troublemakers (2018)
Blackman, Malorie. Noughts and Crosses (2001)
Cross, Gillian. Wolf (1990) Carnegie Award Winner 1990
Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)
Doherty, Berlie. Dear Nobody (1991) Carnegie Award Winner 1991
Gratz,Alan. Ban This Book (2017)
Hardinge, Frances. The Lie Tree (2015) Costa Overall Award Winner 2015
McGowan, Anthony. The Knife That Killed Me (2008)
Pullman, Philip. Northern Lights (1995) Carnegie Award Winner 1995
Streatfeild, Noel. Ballet Shoes (1936)
Swindells, Robert. Stone Cold (1993) Carnegie Award Winner 1993

Other materials will be prepared by the teacher and will be distributed throughout the semester.