This course surveys the field of children’s literature and examines the role of storytelling in the development of personhood. By reading folk and fairy tales, novels and non-fictional texts, we will understand how stories both teach and delight—emphasizing challenges depicted and lessons intended to be learned. We will approach a wide range of traditions, learning how the construction of childhood is inextricably bound up with particular cultural contexts. At the same time, we will analyze symbolic and mythical patterns common to the folk tale and myth and found in contemporary children’s literature. We will study diverse representations of children and consider utopian, dystopian, fantastic, realist, anthropomorphic, and mythical worlds.