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Course content

This MA offers students the opportunity to study in both the Department of Educational Studies and the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths.

It's designed for those who have an interest in the academic study of children’s literature and/or work in education such as teachers or librarians, those in publishing and children’s media and authors and artists who want to create texts for children.

What you study

You will deepen your familiarity with the range and diversity of genres for children from ‘classic’ works to contemporary texts and develop detailed knowledge and critical understanding of issues and debates in the field. Studying children’s literature at Goldsmiths will also involve examining how texts for children reflect contested constructions of childhood.

If you choose to, you can select modules that will support creative writing practices and enable you to work with practising and published creative writing lecturers and education lecturers to study and explore the nature of writing for children.

Goldsmiths MA in Children’s Literature is unique in its focus on inclusive practices and social justice. We will question the sociopolitical contexts in which texts are produced and interpreted and you will be encouraged to explore how texts for children can challenge or reinforce dominant ideological constructions. We interrogate the power relations that determine what is published, distributed and selected to be read by children in schools.

You will explore the relationship between reader, writer, text and context, and consider the processes that underpin those interactions. We will also examine the inherent paradox that studying children’s literature will involve adults writing, selecting and responding to texts that are normally intended for children.

Assessment

Coursework, essays, project, dissertation, creative writing (optional).

Visit the Children's Literature MA page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

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