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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Spring 2007

AMS 370 • Childrens Literature and American Culture-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29420 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
MEZ 1.204

Course Description

This course will use children's literature as a lens for examining the history of American childhood, from the Colonial period to the present. Students will read classic works of childrens literature as well as lesser-known literary texts, in conversation with historical documents and relevant scholarship. Throughout, our concern will be with the ways in which studying childhood and childrens culture over time offers a lens for understanding American social and cultural history more generally, as well as a window into contemporary values, expectations, and aspirations.


Norton Anthology of American Children's Literature Paula Fass and Margaret Mason, eds. Childhood in America Louisa May Alcott, Little Women Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


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