English 190

Research Seminar: Nonsense


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Spring 2012 Hanson, Kristin
Hanson, Kristin
MW 4-5:30 225 Wheeler

Book List

Carroll, L.: The Annotated Alice; Lear, E.: The Complete Nonsense; Seuss, Dr.: Horton Hatches the Egg; Seuss, Dr.: Your Favorite Seuss

Description

This course will explore the relationship between two characteristics of these classic works of nonsense literature for children. One is their foregrounding of linguistic form, shared with language games and of obvious special interest to children learning language.  The other is their backgrounding of conventional linguistic meaning, allowing not only overt creation of imagined worlds but also covert critique of real ones, including educational practices, class distinctions, imperialism, capitalism and even philology.  

English 190 replaced English 100 and 150 as of Fall '09. English majors may fulfill the seminar requirement for the major by taking one section of English 190 (or by having taken either English 100 or English 150 before Fall '09). Please read the paragraph on page 2 of the Announcement of Classes for more details about enrolling in or wait-listing for this course.

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