English and drama

Modernism and Childhood

Module code: Q3267D
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

You examine the role of childhood in British and American literary modernism, as well as the role of modernity in childhood, with an emphasis on American culture.

In this module you explore ideas such as cuteness, innocence, play, and learning as they were constructed in the early twentieth century, and the roles that they played in the overlap between modernism and children's literature.

You touch on some canonical children's literature including Winnie-the-Pooh, A Child's Garden of Verses and canonical modernist literature such as Harmonium, and Tender Buttons.

You devote significant portions of the module to understanding psychoanalysis, both as a critical tool and as a set of powerful primary texts of modern childhood.