ENGB35H3: Children's Lit

Children's Lit

Instructor: Prof. Ryan Stafford 


Course Description: In ENGB35H3, we will examine a range of writing for children and young people produced from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. We will think about how these works appeal to and reflect social attitudes towards the young, but we will also consider how children function within these narratives; how they symbolize the potential for revolutionary social change or the intergenerational transfer of knowledge; how new social formations emerge in the crucible of the child’s mind; how children might silently or unconsciously indict adult society; and how children come to represent our own anxieties and aspirations before an ever-darkening future.


Delivery: ENGB35H3 will be delivered in person.


Course Features: 

  • In this course you will read: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Nevermind by Nirvana, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. 
  • The assignments for the course include: standard essays and reading quizzes 
  • The lectures will allow time for discussion and collaboration