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The Golden Age of Children's Literature: Adult and Child Readers of the Works of Kingsley, Carroll, Rossetti and MacDonald
The Golden Age of Children's Literature: Adult and Child Readers of the Works of Kingsley, Carroll, Rossetti and MacDonald

A.Y. Credits
2022/2023 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Jan Marten Ivo Klaver students need to book office hours via email
Teaching in foreign languages
Course entirely taught in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in a foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies (LM-37)
Curriculum: DIDATTICA E RICERCA
Date Time Classroom / Location
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

This course analyses Charles Kingsley’s Water-Babies (1863), Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), Christina Rossetti's 'Goblin Market' (1862) and Speaking Likenesses (1874), and George MacDonald's Princess and the Goblin (1872)  as works of Mid-Victorian fantasy. The course aims at providing students with a firm understanding of the literary, religious and cultural scene of the mid-Victorian Period. During the course students will acquire the necessary linguistic and critical tools to analyze works of literature, discuss literary works using the correct terminology, and be encouraged to make autonomous judgments.

Program

1 - Victorian Fantasy - an introduction

2 - Charles Kingsley, The Water-Babies

3 - Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

4 - Christina Rossetti, 'Goblin Market'

5 - Christina Rossetti, Speaking Likenesses

6 - George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

- Knowledge and understanding: students will acquire a good understanding of the essential social-historical and social-cultural factors underpinning the period of study, and will be able to approach English literary studies with the appropriate critical instruments and methods.  

- Applying knowledge and understanding: students will have the linguistic, cultural and critical abilities to describe and analyse English Literature.

- Making judgements: students will acquire the critical ability to judge and evaluate literary texts and will be able to express autonomous opinions on social-literary subjects of different historical periods. 

- Communication skills: students will be trained to have an open and unprejudiced attitude to different realities and periods and express themselves in appropriate language.

- Learning skills: students will possess the necessary methodological skills, the critical abilities, bibliographical knowledge and research skills to continue their studies in the field.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Students are invited to visit my page on Blended Learning Uniurb for further study materials. Use of audiovisual aids is an integral part of the programme. The course will be held in English.  


Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Teaching

Lectures. During classes students will be asked to present their own reading of some passages.

Innovative teaching methods

All lessions will be done in English, applying CLIL methodology. On my Moodle pages extra study materials will be offered for further study on a series of selected subjects in the form of documentaries and short lectures by colleagues in English and American universities. Specific space on Moodle will be reserved for (interactive) exam practice.

Course books
  • Charles Kingsley, The Water-Babies (Oxford, 2014 ISBN 978-0199685455)
  • Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland  (Oxford 2009 ISBN 9780199558292)
  • Christina Rossetti, 'Goblin Market' (https://archive.org/details/goblinmarketand00rossgoog)
  • Christina Rossetti, Speaking Likenesses (https://archive.org/details/speakinglikeness00ross)
  • George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin (reccommended edition: Broadview Press: ISBN-13 : ‎ 978-1554810079)
  • Kate L. Turabian, Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams & Joseph Bizup, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Ninth Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Paperback, 9th edition - Chicago, 2018 - ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0226430577)

Secondary literature will be indicated on Moodle Blended Learning at the beginning of the course.

Assessment

Assessment is by an essay of about 2000 words to be submitted as a PDF file at the end of the course.

The essay must be written in English, and will be assessed on formal presentation (proper use of language, correct formal presentation, use of Chicago Style), adequate use of published criticism  and research, and completeness of argument.

The essay must be on one (or more) of the texts (or part of a text) on the programme. Students are expected to do adequate research on their topic, using the existing criticism. The topic of the essay must be approved beforehand.

Assessment will be 10% on use of language, 20% on proper use of Chicago Style, 20% on use of sources and 50% on completeness and argumentation.

The programme above is valid only till January/February 2024.

Disability and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Students who have registered their disability certification or SLD certification with the Inclusion and Right to Study Office can request to use conceptual maps (for keywords) during exams.

To this end, it is necessary to send the maps, two weeks before the exam date, to the course instructor, who will verify their compliance with the university guidelines and may request modifications.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Teaching

self study: non-attending students are expected to check out criticism and historical and cultural contexts on the internet. They are also invited to visit my page on Blended Learning Uniurb for further study materials. 

Course books
  • Charles Kingsley, The Water-Babies (Oxford, 2014 ISBN 978-0199685455)
  • Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland  (Oxford 2009 ISBN 9780199558292)
  • Christina Rossetti, 'Goblin Market' (https://archive.org/details/goblinmarketand00rossgoog)
  • Christina Rossetti, Speaking Likenesses (https://archive.org/details/speakinglikeness00ross)
  • George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin (reccommended edition: Broadview Press: ISBN-13 : ‎ 978-1554810079)
  • Kate L. Turabian, Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams & Joseph Bizup, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Ninth Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Paperback, 9th edition - Chicago, 2018 - ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0226430577)

Secondary literature will be indicated on Moodle Blended Learning at the beginning of the course

Assessment

Assessment is by an essay of about 2000 words to be submitted as a PDF file at the end of the course.

The essay must be written in English, and will be assessed on formal presentation (proper use of language, correct formal presentation, use of Chicago Style), adequate use of published criticism  and research, and completeness of argument.

The essay must be on one (or more) of the texts (or part of a text) on the programme. Students are expected to do adequate research on their topic, using the existing criticism. The topic of the essay must be approved beforehand.

Assessment will be 10% on use of language, 20% on proper use of Chicago Style, 20% on use of sources and 50% on completeness and argumentation.

The programme above is valid only till January/February 2024.

Disability and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Students who have registered their disability certification or SLD certification with the Inclusion and Right to Study Office can request to use conceptual maps (for keywords) during exams.

To this end, it is necessary to send the maps, two weeks before the exam date, to the course instructor, who will verify their compliance with the university guidelines and may request modifications.

Notes

The course will be taught entirely in English. The final exam and the bibliography are in English.

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