|Students will have knowledge of theories and methods which give insight into the specific characteristics of children's literature. At the end of the course students will be able to reflect on research questions with respect to children's literature. They have also learnt to make legitimate choices with regard to research methods.|
Children's literature is a fascinating object of study which shares characteristics with mainstream or adult literature. However, on the basis of its history and the character of the communication process, it is also different from adult literature. Because of the different perspectives - author, adult intermediary and young reader - and the direct and indirect societal influence of children's books in the past and the present, it is an object of study which should be approached inevitably multi- and interdisciplinary. In this course different theoretical perspectives which will give insight into content, form and function of this specific literary communication system will be discussed. These approaches will be applied to important Dutch children's books in their historical context.