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English 2033E
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Fairy Tales 9/13/2012 4:04:00 PM What meanings do we associate with “child”, “children” and “childhood”  Innocence  Curiosity  lack of responsibility  malleable/impressionable  naïve  dependant  vulnerable  immature  imaginative  selfish their word is very small and it focus’ on themselves often Different perception of children today from the past - village to raise a child vs. only parents - higher academic expectations vs. learning as you grow - strangers dangers vs. danger in every stranger - technology raising children What is children’s literature? What should it do? Why? What is its purpose?  literature in the past has been to scare the children into learning a lesson  today, it teaches a lesson in a fun learning experience - books today are to entertain and get imaginative juices flowing - as opposed to regular literature, children’s literature is protective and directed in a moderate, reflective but “fluffy” manner - teaching genders roles and consumerism  you like a character so you want to be like that character, buying merchandise associated with the character/brand Puritan ideology - the idea that children are born with the original sin, slightly corrupted - as a result of this, puritans thought that children wanted to resist authority, to disobey and not want to go to church - thought that children needed to be taught to overcome these bad habits - thought of children as smaller adults  entire social life was created around the church - children were more susceptible to disease  needed to be prepared for death - in the childrens literature, it was constantly didactic, which usually have a very upfront and abrasive moral to the story - everything had to have a practical purpose, everything had to have a job to do - the literature was aimed at making the wild children self controlled and mature adults - John Locke  believed that children came into the world as a blank slate. Children are not sinful, but they are impressionable. Began not knowing anything about the world, an empty vessel, who needed to be filled with knowledge and experience.  started to bring in the idea that children can be nurtured to be good people and by being around positive ideas. ** children are a blank slate, not good, not bad. Just need to be taught ** Jean-Jacque Rousseau  children were inherently innocent. Believed that if children were bad, it was because society was corrupt. Become corrupt by a bad upbringing and society. ** children and inherently good and are made bad by society **  William Wordswarth greatly influenced by Rousseau during the Romantic period – believed that children were almost closer to god than adults.  these ideals have a huge influence on how literature for children is written Sigmund Freud  believed children has sexual feelings that they cant control. (Id, Ego and Super Ego). Pointed out the natural drives that every person has. Oedipus Complex- ev
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