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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The Study of Literature

 Please read Chapter 3 from Russell, D. L. (2009). Literature for children: a short introduction.

Introduction

  • "A Story is a Doorway"     ~ by Richard Peck

A story is a doorway

That opens on a wider place.

A story is a mirror

To reflect the reader's face.

A story is a question

You hadn't thought to ponder,

A story is a pathway,

Inviting your to wander.

A story is a window,

A story is a key,

A story is a lighthouse,

Beaming out to sea.

A story's a beginning,

A story is an end,

And in the story's middle,

You just might find a friend. 

(*cited in Lynch-Brown & Tomlinson, 2005, Essentials of Children’s Literature, p. 2)

  • What is a good story?

   A good story should alter you in some way; it should change your thinking, your feeling, your psyche, or the way you look at things. A story is an abstract experience; it's rather like venturing through a maze. When you come out of it, you should feel slightly changed (Allen Say).

  • Why do we need to study literature?

- Literature is filled with ideas that need to be explored.     

- Literature helps us to see our world in new ways. It brings us to a deeper understanding of life.

  • This unit presents a vocabulary with which we can discuss literature and offers some suggestions for appreciating and judging literature.