Comparative Children’s Literature
MAXIMUM 2700-3000 words (including footnotes, but excluding bibliography).
CHOOSE ONE OF THESE QUESTIONS.
Your essay should:
• have a clear argument
• include close-readings of the primary texts
• make reference to, or read the primary texts alongside, relevant secondary criticism.
1. Are children’s books written for adults or for children? Discuss with relation to two or more primary works.
2. ‘In a fairy tale internal processes are externalized and become comprehensible as represented by figures of the story and its events’ (Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of
Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, 1976, p. 25). To what
extent do you think this an accurate description of the fairytale and/or children’s
literature more generally?
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