ENGH 202: Texts and Contexts

ENGH 202-K02: Texts and Contexts
(Spring 2023)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR

Mason Korea (119 Songdomunhwa-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Korea) G201

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Section Information for Spring 2023

Children’s literature is fueled by a paradox.  It praises the idea that children are close to Nature, that children embody the ideal of living free from all social constraints.  At the same time, because families and societies care about their values and about their future, children’s literature is at its core a socializing project, one that directs strong ideological messages at children.

This course introduces the critical study of children’s literature, offering an introduction to the history of the genre and to the tools of literary analysis.  It will begin with the Anglo-American tradition, then focus on writing for and about children from colonial-era Korea, a key time in the development of Korean ideas about childhood and the child’s role in national identity.  It will include short essays, quizzes, exams, and a group project: translating colonial-era Korean children’s literature and reflecting on the process of translation.  This project will require multi-lingual students and those who speak only English to work together and draw on what they have learned about children’s literature as a genre to translate into English a short story from the colonial era now available only in Korean, and to write about the decisions they made as translators.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Studies literary texts within the framework of culture. Examines texts within such categories as history, gender, sexuality, religion, race, class, and nation. Notes: Builds on reading and writing skills taught in ENGH 101. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Literature
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 credits of 100-level English.
Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Lecture, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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