Project #75374 - Children Literature

Please choose either of the following options! 

  • Option 1: Look at both Winnie the Pooh and your choice of either The Velveteen Rabbit or The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Think about how these texts are informed by the ideas of Romanticism and childhood innocence that strongly represented the Golden Age of children’s books. Look for places where the innocence fits the ppt notes as I discussed them, and maybe even look for places where you might question the text as being different from the representations of innocence that appeared in the lecture. Feel free to carry your response beyond just your exploration of these two texts and on into discussions of other texts you’ve experienced—whether they’re the stories you read for this class last week or even just books/movies/shows you might have come across for children in today’s society.
  • Option 2: Perform a brief historical reading of Winnie the Pooh and your choice of either The Velveteen Rabbit or The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Look up outside sources on the historical time period the books were written in (see ppt slide for reminder). So at least one source must be consulted for this prompt. Then after informing yourself about the historical setting of the author, discuss how that time period and the historical surroundings affected the text or are someway present in the story that’s being read.
    • Note: I’m not being picky on your historical sources—this is more for practice locating the historical effect than accuracy of historical research. Thus I’m fine with you using sources like Wikipedia or About.com if you choose. You might even have had a history class recently that discussed one of these time period (I'm fine with your course notes/lectures from another class being the "source" you consult. Just cite them as a presentation in whichever citation format you choose). The only thing I ask is that you do cite the source at the end of your post in loose APA or MLA form. This is both good academic practice as well as preparation for your IIP that will have to include several properly cited sources. I don’t care which form you use as long as you TRY at this stage to cite it properly. If you’re concerned about your citation skills, use Purdue OWL for help. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

Minimum 400 words. 

 

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