A study of children's literature, with focus on its cultural and theoretical underpinnings. Among the conerns addressed may be the definitions of "childhood" and "adolescence" the genre helps construct or undermine; the impact children's literature can have on notions of gendered, ethnic class, & national identity; the formal variations of archetypal tales; the genre's role in author's careers. Specific topics may include fairy tales (their cultural history and contemporary transformations); multicultural children's literature; the contemporary young adult novel; and children's verse. Prerequisite: ENGL*110 or permission of the instructor. (ENGL*200 may be used in place of ENGL*110 in satisfying the prerequisite for this course). Distribution Requirements: HE, PD.