Roehampton University

University of Roehampton

Children's Literature


Senate House, Roehampton Lane

Roehampton Lane

London, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA Children's Literature, Postgraduate Diploma in Children's Literature, subject to doctoral application

Format: Campus

Program Description:

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 Visual texts 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 Research enquiry Time and history Verse and voice Writing for a child audience



Facts & Figures

In State Tuition (per year): 9360 USD

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