Historical Novels for Children
DozentIn: Prof. Dr. phil. Thomas Kullmann
Zeiten: Mi. 08:15 - 09:45 (wöchentlich)
Beschreibung: Since the 19th century, history has been one of the main topic of English children’s fiction. Child characters become first hand witnesses of exciting historical moments, and readers can vicariously share their experiences.
In this seminar course we are going to discuss a range of texts dating from 1847 to 2000, covering historical periods from the Stone Age to World War II. We are going to examine narrative techniques as well as strategies of historical instruction and interpretation in the contexts of the times in which these texts were written.
We are going to read the following texts:
Capt. Frederick Marryat, The Children of the New Forest,
Wordsworth Children’s Classics, ISBN 978-1853261107
Charlotte Yonge, The Prince and the Page
(please copy text from master copy left at CopyShop Dialog, Süsterstr. 29)
Rudyard Kipling, Puck of Pook’s Hill, e-artnow, ISBN 978-8026891673
Alison Uttley, A Traveller in Time, Puffin Books, 978-0141361116
Ian Serraillier, The Silver Sword, Red Fox, 978-0099439493
Robert Westall, The Machine Gunners, Macmillan Children’s Books, 987-1447284161
Susan Cooper, King of Shadows, Red Fox, 978-1849412742
As we are going to read passages from these books together it is imperative that we all share the same editions. So please do not acquire the texts in any other editions than those specified above.
Credits will be awarded on the basis of regular attendance, an oral report and a written term paper. The course is primarily a ‘literary studies’ one (V1: Literaturwissenschaft).
Please register for the course in one of my office hours (StudIP registration is not sufficient); anyone registering in person until 21 October 2022 will get a place, (irrespective of StudIP), and make a commitment to attend the seminar.
And please make sure you have read the books by the beginning of the semester (there will be a short test on plots and characters).