This popular programme in children's literature not only involves the study of children's books, in all forms, but also their influence within our culture. We are internationally acclaimed for our work in children's literature, and this programme allows you to combine an overview with the opportunity to specialise in a field where original research is flourishing.
Our enthusiastic teaching team encourages students to explore the relationships between the adults who produce, publish, and in various ways, introduce books to children, and the children who are meant to read them. You will also be introduced to critical theories and methods, enabling you to analyse the various sign systems employed in children's literature, and so to identify and evaluate the kinds of messages and value systems encoded in books for young readers.
In addition to modules on the historical development of children’s literature, the programme also covers contemporary debates about children’s reading, adaptations of texts, and material which has found popular favour in youth sub-cultures. The programme seeks to generate enquiry into current perceptions of children and the ways in which children’s literature is used as a forum for transmitting and challenging dominant ideological constructions of society.
Key areas of study
Students construct their programmes from the following modules, but please note that this selection is subject to change:
Critical and theoretical perspectives (CTP)*
Research methods: skills and theories*
The history of children’s book illustration
Children as readers
Children’s literature from 1900-1960
Children’s literature from 1960-present
Children’s literature in translation
Children’s literature of migration
Dissertation (MA students only)#
Origins and developments of children’s literature
Time and history
Verse and voice
Writing for a child audience