Children's Literature 414 (Fall 2016)
About the Class

Deborah Kaplan


This graduate seminar fulfills a major requirement toward an M.A. degree in children's literature: the study of fantasy and science fiction for young people. Key areas of inquiry include questions of genre, audience, a work's place in history, development of genre through time, and examining works through the major critical lenses of both children's/YA literature and speculative fiction.

Learning Outcomes

The Fantasy and Science Fiction for Children and Young Adults course is one that is required by both the MA in Children's Literature and the MFA in Writing for Children degrees. For that reason, it is important that you are aware of how this course will contribute to your fulfillment of this program. According to the Simmons SLIS's "Mission, Vision, & Objectives" (2015), students leave the MA-ChL and MFA-WC graduate programs with an extensive theoretical context and a broad knowledge of contemporary literature for children and young adults. By the end of this course, you will have:


I am very happy to work with students to help determine the accommodations which will enable you to best succeed in the course. I can do this most easily if you contact me early. If we work together to develop accommodations in September, you will have a much more enjoyable and successful time with the class materials than if we don't address accommodations until Thanksgiving. See below for more information about how to contact Disability Services and university policy on accommodations.

Course Content Note: Our readings for the semester, and perforce our discussions, will include topics including violence, sexual assault, racism, and all of the other sometimes painful themes that appear in children's and young adult literature. If you would like to discuss the issues raised by any of these readings or discussions in confidence, please contact me.

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