Landmarks in Children
Landmarks in Children's Literature (new)
THCC Thursdays 1000-1200 fortnightly from 4th Oct
This course continues into next term
Tutor: Nick Tucker
This group will take ten major works in children’s literature, looking at their history and authors before moving on to their relevance today. We will meet fortnightly and a modest amount of reading is required.
The following topics will be covered in the autumn term:
1. The genius of nursery rhymes. What do they mean and how did they get there? Are they now in decline?
2. Fairy stories: their history, significance and the various controversies they have given rise to over the years.
3. Lewis Carroll and the enigma of Alice.
4. J.M Barrie and Peter Pan (the play). Still going strong and still the subject of argument. Comedy or something darker?
5. Kenneth Grahame and Wind in the Willows. Popularity, longevity and occasional criticisms.
These topics will be covered in the spring term:
6. A.A. Milne, Christopher Robin and Pooh. How enchanted was Ashdown Forest and does it remain so today?
7. Enid Blyton What made her so popular and also so reviled? Does she still have any role?
8. Roald Dahl: the case for and against.
9. J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter. What tune does this modern Pied Piper play?
10. Philip Pullman and the mystery of Dust.An author for all times and ages?
Nicholas Tucker taught children's literature at Sussex University. He is the author of five books on the subject and has also written about it in magazines or the press for many years. A Lewes resident since 1969, he has three children and eight grandchildren, some of whom are still reading