Uniting USC's children’s literature community
Students who want to study
children’s literature and have
an interest in graphic novels, writing for children, children’s
theater, storytelling and French children’s books might think
they would have to travel the country to find courses in all of
At the University of South Carolina, they can find it all.
USC offers 37 children’s literature courses
to undergraduate and graduate students in six different departments – art,
English, education, Language, Literature and Cultures, Library
and Information Science, and theater and dance.
In 2011, several of USC’s children’s literature faculty
across the university decided that it was time to bring faculty
in these areas together. Sara Schwebel, associate professor in
English, spearheaded the effort. Dianne Johnson, English professor
and College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Children’s
Literature, and Michelle Martin, Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood
Literacy in the School of Library and Information Science, helped
get the Carolina Children’s Literature Consortium started.
During the past year, the CCLC held a
monthly book club to discuss children’s and young adult books and criticism, collaborated
on conference presentations in our disparate disciplines, supported
the establishment of a faculty research grant in children’s
literature at the Hollings Library and held a mock Caldecott Award
“Many of us teach the same students but rarely communicate
about what we do in the classroom or discuss our research interests,” Martin
said. “The results of the disciplinary cross-pollination
have been wonderful, and our students benefit from our knowing
what they’re experiencing in other departments.”
The group will host the 2014 Children’s Literature Association
Conference at USC, welcoming 350 to 400 association members to
Columbia. Established in 1973, ChLA exists to “encourage
high standards of criticism, scholarship, research and teaching
in children’s literature.” The conference, scheduled
for June 19-21, 2014, will highlight the Hollings Library, the
Augusta Baker Collection and other research resources, the art
and literature of Anita Lobel, and more.
Members of the USC community interested
in taking part in the Carolina Children’s Literature Consortium
should contact Sara Schwebel at email@example.com; those interested in participating in
the 2014 conference should email Michelle Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
courses at USC
and Graduate (MAT) Courses
ARTE 530 - Art of Children
A study of prominent theories of the artistic development
of children from infancy through adolescence. Students
will examine children’s art from various age groups
and apply theoretical explanations to these observations.
ARTE 535 - Children’s Artistic and Aesthetic
Theories of the artistic development of children (including
special needs) from infancy through adolescence. Apply
theoretical explanations to observations made in art classrooms.
Dean of the College of Education
Masters in the Art of
EDSE 547 - Teaching Middle and High School English
This course is designed to provide an intensive examination
of methods utilized in the teaching of English language
arts grades 7-12. The course structures the opportunity
for pre-service teachers to review and focus their content
knowledge of English studies with an eye towards teaching
Early Childhood Education (Ph.D.)
EDEC 815 - Advanced Study of Early Childhood Curricula
An analysis of early childhood curriculum alternatives that
focus on theoretical orientation, related research, societal
needs, and the student’s philosophy of education.
Language and Literacy (ME.D./Ph.D.)
EDRD 600 - Foundations of Reading Instruction
An overview of reading and its curriculum implications: grades
K-12 and adults. Emphasis is placed on current trends and
issues and related methodologies.
EDRD 650 – Teaching Reading with an Emphasis
Integrating appropriate literature into traditional and alternative
reading programs. Identifying appropriate literature for
classroom use and recreational reading. Use of literature
as a means of developing and reinforcing reading skills.
EDRD 715 - Instructional Strategies for Reading
Demonstration and critical evaluation of teaching strategies
and materials in reading.Prerequisite - EDRD 600.
EDRD 719 - Developing and Guiding the Reading Program
Design, management, and evaluation of reading programs at
the classroom, school, or district levels.Prerequisite
- EDRD 715.
EDRD 720 - Capstone Seminar in Language and Literacy
Synthesis, critique, and evaluation of current research and
educational practice in language and literacy.Prerequisites
- EDRD 600, 715, 716, 718 and 719.
EDSE 728 – Advanced Study of the Teaching of
English in Secondary Schools
This course is designed to promotion
the disposition and provide experience which contributes
to the growth of the professional Language Arts educator.
EDSE 786 - The Teaching of Literature in Secondary Schools
This course is designed to provide an intensive examination
of issues, approaches and methods utilized in the teaching
of literature for practicing teachers of secondary students.
EDRD 801 - Critical Perspectives on English/Language Arts
Issues of literacy from a variety of critical stances such
as democratic values, gender roles, and multiculturalism.
EDCS 824 – Seminar in Advanced Studies of Children’s
Sara L. Schwebel
ENGL 365Q: Graphic Narratives (Special Topics)
Whether we refer to them as comic books, comix, graphic novels,
manga, fumetti, or bande desinées, all graphic narratives
use the dynamic interplay of sequential art and text to
tell stories. In this course, you will examine the distinctive
ways in which comics create meaning through a scholarly
study of the medium’s formal and aesthetic evolutions
with particular emphasis on texts written since 1985.
ENGL 431a - Children’s Literature
Literature written for children in a variety of historical
periods and geographical regions, illustrating the nature
of the genre.
ENGL 431b - Picture Books
Literature written for children and young adults that communicates
through interdependent visual and verbal modes.
ENGL 432 - Young Adult Literature
Post-World War II literature in a variety of genres whose
primary audience is young adults.
ENGL 433 - Special Topics in Children’s and
Young Adult Literature
Intensive study of a genre, historical period, geographical
regions, author, or theme in Children’s or Young Adult
Literature. May be repeated as content varies by suffix and
Graduate Courses (M.A., MAT, MFA, Ph.D.)
ENGL 616 - Writing Children’s and Young Adult
Critical study and practical crafting of literature for children
and/or young adults, exploring the demands of these genres
both through the reading of representative works and relevant
secondary sources and through the writing of creative works.
ENGL 762 - Literary and Historical Approaches to Children’s
Critical approaches to literature written for children in
a variety of historical periods and geographical regions.
ENGL 763 - Literary and Historical Approaches to Young Adult
Critical approaches to literature written for young adults
in a variety of historical periods and geographical regions.
ENGL 862 - Special Topics in Children’s and
Young Adult Literature
Special topics selected by instructor for specialized study.
May be repeated as content varies by title and suffix.
Daniela Di Cecco
** Note: all courses currently
offered as Special Topics.**
SCCC 363E - Representations of Adolescence in French
and Francophone Literature and Film
Adolescence, as we know it today, is a relatively recent concept. Since the first
psychological and sociological studies of adolescence, novels and films depicting
this period of development have flourished in the French-speaking world. The
objective of this course is to study the fictional construction of adolescence
in a selection of 20th century novels, paying particular attention to the socio-cultural
contexts that produced them. In addition to the novels, we will view several
films in order to compare literary and cinematic representations of adolescence.
How has the portrayal of adolescence evolved? Which characteristics of adolescence
are integrated, emphasized in these works? How are male and female roles constructed?
Is the depiction of adolescence in novels and films produced in Quebec different
from the French models? What distinguishes the representation of adolescence
in novels written by adolescent authors or in novels aimed specifically for adolescent
RUSS 398F – RUSSIAN FOLKLORE AND FAIRYTALES
Discover the world of Russian fairy tales and other genres
of folklore, both in their original form within an oral
tradition and as reworked in Russian art and literature.
Learn to recognize the recurring plots, characters, and
elements of folktales; distinguish among genres of folklore;
and examine differences between folklore and other forms
of artistic creation in composition, structure, and perspective.
Readings will include comparative material from Western
European folk traditions, and will also survey Slavic and
Eastern European folklore beyond Russia to investigate
the rich vein of vampire and werewolf sto. All readings
in English translation.
FREN 450/SCCC 363O – Special Topics: Children’s
“Children’s Literature of the French-Speaking
Designed as an historical survey of literature written for
children, this course will examine representative children’s
texts and changing attitudes towards children and their books
from the 17th century to the present. A wide variety of genres
(fairy tales, comics, picture books and novels) from France,
Quebec and Belgium will be explored comparatively in order
to study the place of children’s literature in these
Francophone societies and the cultural currents that influenced
its evolution. Comparisons will also be drawn between Francophone
texts and children’s literature written in English,
as students will be encouraged to use their own (past) experience
as “child readers” during class discussion. In
addition to the study of the form, themes, messages and their
implications, we will discuss the authors’ objectives
as well as the role played by books in the lives of child
and adolescent readers.
FREN 595 – Special Topics
« Tendances actuelles dans la littérature pour la jeunesse
de la francophonie »/“Current Trends in Francophone Children’s
A travers contes, albums et romans, ce cours vise à donner
aux étudiants des connaissances fondamentales sur
la littérature de jeunesse contemporaine de langue
française et à développer des connaissances
théoriques globales des différentes approches
littéraires. Après un bref aperçu historique,
nous passerons à l’étude comparative
des textes produits en France et au Québec. A travers
l’analyse comparative des romans de jeunesse français
et québécois, nous dégagerons les tendances
actuelles au niveau de la qualité de l’écriture,
des thèmes, des messages et des implications. Une
attention particulière sera portée aux objectifs
des auteurs eux-mêmes ainsi qu’au rôle
du livre dans l’univers des jeunes.
Michelle H. Martin
SLIS 325 – Children’s Literature
A study of materials for children from birth to elementary
school (age 13) with emphasis on the evaluation, selection
and use of those materials to meet the educational, cultural
and recreational needs of children.
SLIS 523 - Materials for Early Childhood
Media resources and techniques for children from birth to
nine years. Reading interests and developmental needs of
young children. Authors, illustrators, indexes, bibliographic
tools, evaluation sources, and professional literature.
Not open to students enrolled in the MLIS program.
SLIS 525 - Materials for Children
Media resources for children. Reading interests of children
and their curricular and independent needs for information.
Authors, illustrators, indexes, bibliographic tools, and
sources of evaluation of materials for children. Techniques
and literature for read-aloud programs and storytelling.
Not open to students enrolled in the MLIS program.
SLIS 527 - Materials for Adolescents
Media resources for adolescents. Reading interests of adolescents
and their curricular and independent information needs.
Study of relationships of media to information needs and
critical comparison between classic and contemporary materials
for adolescents. Indexes, bibliographic tools, and sources
of evaluation of materials. Not open to students enrolled
in M.L.I.S. program.
SLIS 600 - Storytelling: Theory, Practice, and Development
Storytelling methods, techniques, and materials encompassing
heritage, art, literature, and programming.
SLIS 718 - History of Children’s and Young Adult
Historical overview of the literary content, illustration,
and social values of children’s and young adult literature
written in English. Examines the influence of movements
such as Romanticism, Rationalism, and postmodernism, as
well as changing trends over time.
SLIS 754 - Library Programming for Children and Young Adults
The nature, philosophy, and development of non-curricular
programs for children and young adults in the school and
public library. Among the types of programs to be discussed
are storytelling, film programs, reading programs, programs
for parents, and other activities associated with library
service to young people. Students will study the principles
and problems involved in designing, implementing, and evaluating
programs of this nature.
SLIS 756 - Children’s Materials
A study of materials intended for children of elementary
school age (6-13) with emphasis on the process of evaluating
them to meet the educational, cultural, and recreational
needs of children.
SLIS 757 - Young Adult Materials
A study of materials for young adults (13-19) with emphasis
on the process of evaluating them to meet the educational,
cultural, and recreational needs of young adults.
SLIS 759 - Materials for Early Childhood
A study of picture books and audiovisual materials intended
for the very young child through age 9 with emphasis on
the process of evaluating these materials to meet the educational,
cultural, and recreational needs of very young children.
SLIS 760 - Materials and Services for Latino Youth
Introduces a wide range of print and non-print materials
appropriate for Latino youth. Provides resources for librarians
and educators serving young Latinos literacy needs.
THEA 526 - Children’s Theatre
Special problems in producing plays for child audiences
Graduate Courses (MAT in Theater)
THEA 720 - Dramatic Literature for Youth
This course is designed to expand pre-service theatre teachers’ exposure
to the canon of plays written for young audiences and actors. Students
will gain insight into issues surrounding creating plays
for young audiences.