Children's Literature

Instructor: Chi-Fen Emily Chen, Ph.D. 陳其芬

Department of English, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, Taiwan


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Folk Literature

 

 Please read Chapter 9 from Russell, D. L. (2009). Literature for children: a short introduction.

Introduction Characteristics Types Issues

Introduction

  • Folk literature includes all the myths, legends, epics, fables, and folktales passed down by word of mouth through the generations. The authors of traditional literature are usually unknown or unidentifiable.

  • These stories have endured because they are entertaining, they embody the culture’s belief system, and they contain fundamental human truths by which people have lived for centuries. Knowing the characters and situations of folk literature is part of being culturally literate.

  • Folk literature, regardless of its place of origin, seems clearly to have arisen to meet a variety of human needs:

  1. The need to explain the mysteries of the natural world

  2. The need to articulate our fears and dreams

  3. The need to impose order on the apparent random, even chaotic, nature of life

  4. The need to entertain ourselves and each other