Children's Literature (2013/2014)

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Name of lecturer
Silvia Blezza
Silvia Blezza
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem IB dal Nov 18, 2013 al Jan 19, 2014.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course, through an interdisciplinary approach, promots the knowledge of contemporary italian ed international children’s literature and the reflection about problems and educational perspectives about literacy and pleasure to read fiction texts.


Children and young Literature: the uniqueness of Children’s Literature; the origins and the developments of children’s literature (18th- 19th); the different aspects of contemporary italian and international children’s literature (writers, illustrators, genres; themes, characters, style); the voices of the most important italian writers; the criteria for evaluation the fiction books for children and young readers; picturebooks and illustrated books: definition, typology, themes, relationship between words and images; the difference between didactic and creative text; pedagogical and aesthetical approaches to children’s literature.

Texts for exam:
Details and directions for studying will be given during the course of the semester and they also will be published on the web board at the end of the course.
Students will write a critical paper on a novel: a framework for the development of the paper will be given during the course. A list of recommended novels will be communicated during the lessons and it also will be published on line too. The paper will be handed out during the exam.
This program will be valid for one academic year 2013/2014, this is to say until February 2015.

The course program follows a teaching method which while including various didactic methods: frontal lessons, reading aloud performances, slide presentations, image, audio and video presentations, and so on.
The course will NOT be a mere summary of the contents of the books: for this reason is highly recommended to attend the lectures or at least part of them.
Details regarding integrative and external lessons will be given during the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of two-hours’ written text based on argumentative and reflexive open-questions. The critical paper on a novel will be handed out during the exam.