children and culture 560 syllabus

As you study the assigned images fictions and films

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have. As you study the assigned images, fictions, and films, ask yourself: What image of the child emerges from this work? Why does the author choose to portray young people in this particular way? And why do we—as a culture—find certain images of childhood more appealing and/or frightening than others? Required Course Materials: Carlo Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio Henry James, The Turn of the Screw (Norton Critical edition) Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning M.T. Anderson, Feed Ellen Wittlinger, Hard Love Rumiko Takehashi, Ranma ½ Volume 1 Shaun Tan, The Arrival Various PDF readings on Courseweb Contact: Prof. Weikle-Mills Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:00, CL 628-G Office Phone: 624-3148 Email: [email protected] J.D. Wright GTA Email: [email protected] Tanya Reyes Lecturer/TA Email: [email protected] Samantha Meese UTF Email: [email protected] Assignments: Participation and Discussion Board (20%) —Regular attendance and participation in student-generated activities and discussions is required. You will also participate on our discussion board by posting a discussion question roughly once per week (you’ll be graded for the best ten questions) and answering another student’s post once per week (best ten graded). The discussion posts must be posted by 5:00 on Wednesday for the readings for that week. Quizzes (5%)— There will be two pop quizzes given in recitation on prominent terms and ideas from the lecture and readings.
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Evidence Mini-Exam (15%) —This mini-exam will be an in-class essay, in which you will be provided with a thesis about one of the texts we have read. Using textual evidence, you will illustrate the argument and briefly think through its consequences. Close Reading Assignment (20%)— This 4-5-page-paper will make a focused argument about a small segment from one of the texts we have read/viewed (i.e. a chapter, an important moment/event, a scene, an image, or a few salient passages). You will use details and quotations from the text to convince your reader of your interpretation of that portion, then relate your understanding of your chosen scene to the overall meaning of the text. Final Exam (15%)— The final exam will be a comprehensive test with two parts: 1) definitions/short answer regarding prominent terms, ideas, and critical approaches we have discussed and 2) passage identification/interpretation. Final Paper (25%)— This 6-7-page-paper will further develop and extend the skills you learned in the close reading assignment by making an original argument about one of the texts we read—specifically considering how it reflects, represents, or challenges intersections of childhood and culture. You will be asked to provide close readings of several scenes or passages to illustrate your larger argument about the meaning of the text. It is expected that this assignment will also use secondary sources and give you a chance to apply some of the terms, concepts, and critical lenses we have employed throughout the semester.
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