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

Types of Folk Literature

Myths     Epics     Legends     Fables     Folktales     Literary Fairytales


Myths

  • Myths are stories that recount and explain the origins of the world and the phenomena of nature. The characters are mainly gods and goddesses, with occasional mention of humans, and the setting is high above earth in the home of the gods.

  • Myths often mirror human nature and the essence of our sometimes primitive emotions, instincts, and desires. Some folklorists believe that myths are the foundation of all other ancient stories.

  • The best-known mythologies are of Greek, Roman, and Norse origin.

  • Online texts:

World Mythology (beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels)

The Myths from different cultures (animation)

Classical Myth: The Ancient Sources, Mythweb Greek Mythology (for kids)

Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology

Encyclopedia Mythica

World Myths and Legends in Art

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