Academic Papers on Children's Literature

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This 10 page paper traces the history of children's literature from the Middle Ages to the present. Examples of books, their purpose, content and message are explored. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Freud & Fairytales

  • 6 page paper

A 6 page paper on the theories of Freud in interpretation of three fairytales, "The Goose Girl", "The White Snake", and "Rapunzel." 6 critical sources used. Conclusions are drawn that while Freud might not have gotten everything right, his theories have a proper place in the history of psychology.

An 8 page paper that considers the popular Grimms' fairy tale using Swiss psychologist Carl Jung's theories the collective unconscious. Includes discussion of the composition of the psyche and various archetypes such as the self, the shadow, and the God-image. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

An 11 page paper that provides an overview of Jung's imperative to interpret fairy tales and then looks at two fairy tales to demonstrate Jung's considerations and the application of this notions. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 5 page paper examining the traditional gender roles presented in the classic fairy tales. Beginning from the observations of psychoanalyst Karen Horney and anthropologist Margaret Mead, the paper is mostly involved with the traditional view of the beautiful princess waiting for the rescue that will come in the person of the handsome prince. ...

An insightful 3 page essay in which the writer examines what meaning Watty Piper's classic story "The Little Engine that Could" holds for a child and in retrospect, the story's psycho-motivational value for an adult as well. For the most part, the writer is concerned with similarities and dissimilarities between the ways that an adult ...

A 5 page paper looking at Beverly Cleary's young adult novel in terms of its therapeutic effect on adolescents going through the same experience. The paper argues that many students who have never experienced the kind of emotional abandonment described by Cleary do not 'get' the book, while it has an enormous benefit on students ...

An 8 page paper analyzing the fairy tale 'Sleeping Beauty' through four versions -- Basile's, Perrault's, Grimm's, and Disney's. (It also mentions two others, though not in depth). The paper argues that such analysis tells us not only about our changing civilizations, but about ourselves. Bibliography lists seven sources.

A 7 page paper showing how women are depicted in the Grimm's fairy tales. Writer shows a possible correlation between societal roles and roles women play in fairy tales, since they are read to children. Bibliography lists 16 outside sources.

A 9 page paper on these two young adult books. Both the books have many similarities and these similarities are illustrated throughout the paper. They both maintain a sense of the unbelievable much like science fiction as well as their similarities in terms of philosophies and ethics. It remains important through each separate novel that ...

5 pages in length. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken is an enchanting yet slightly frightful children's story that has held its appeal through generations of adoring readers. Craftily scenic and charmingly aesthetic in both its character appeal and atmospheric detail, the book offers young adults the chance to experience literary ...

A 9 page research essay on the necessity of allowing children to form their own ideas from reading. The writer posits that fantasy and science fiction are good genres for children and argues this in terms of fable, myth, and even horror stories. The reason: intellectual development and a desire for reading. ...

A five page paper looking at the popular children’s series by Joanne Rowling. The paper argues that the reason these books are so popular is they contain moral values adults appreciate together with an understanding of what it’s like to be a child. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 5 page paper looking at these two children’s books by E.B. White and Katherine Paterson, respectively, in terms of their treatment of death. The paper provides a detailed synopsis of both works, and argues that reading books such as these helps children come to terms with the presence of death in their own lives. ...

A ten page analysis of the theme of absurdity in Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass” and “Alice in Wonderland,” as compared to Franz Kafka’s “The Trial.” The paper notes that while both Kafka and Carroll present universes in which their protagonists are aliens, Carroll’s is run according to a rigorous (if alternative) logic, and ...

A six-page paper contrasting Lewis Carroll’s original novel with the screen adaptation made of it by screenwriters for Disney Studios. The paper concludes that the screenwriter skewed Carroll’s text with many modern dramatic techniques and structures, improving it in some areas but losing wonderful segments in others. No additional sources.

A five page paper analyzing this well-known fairy tale. The paper presents four different interpretations of the Cinderella story from a sociological or psychological perspective, concluding that regardless of which interpretation one chooses, the story provides a unique path into the psyche of the reader. Bibliography lists five sources.

A seven page paper looking at the way this fictional heroine of the well-known children's series was created, and has developed through the years. Written by many writers under the single pseudonym Carolyn Keene, the series has been extremely influential in the adolescent lives of millions of young girls. Bibliography lists five sources.

A 5 page report and analysis of the Frindle by Andrew Clements. The writer provides a literary analysis of plot and presentation through a synopsis of the book. Bibliography lists 1 source.

Julie of the Wolves

  • 5 page paper

This 5 page paper contemplates this fictitious work by Jean Craighead George. The protagonist is discussed in terms of motivation and inner development. Much of the discussion concerns coming of age in different cultures. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A five page paper reviewing Lois Lowry's dystopian novel for young adults. The paper explains the significance of the story's theme, the relationship of love, suffering, and responsibility. A one-page sentence outline of the paper is appended. Bibliography lists two sources.

Cinderella Stories

  • 5 page paper

Fairy tales are more than just stories: they are stories that reflect the social norms and expectations of the culture, provide moral guidance and acquaint children with the important aspects of the social system. They consistently offer a moral dimension that is pertinent to both social and political aspects of the social structure. This 5 page paper argues ...

A six page paper looking at the reasons Joanna Rowling's "Harry Potter" series, originally intended for children, has gained a loyal adult readership. The paper shows that it is possible to read Harry's story as a fairy tale, a deprived-child tale, a boarding school bildingsroman, or a heroic quest. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

A seven page paper looking at the way Joanne Rowling develops Harry Potter's struggle against Sirius Black as an archetypal hero myth. The book cites Joseph Campbell's "Hero with a Thousand Faces" as evidence. Bibliography lists four sources.

This 5 page report discusses both “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” and its writer, Judy Blume. Over the past three decades, Judy Blume has inspired both controversy and devotion. Her readers, young and old, are passionate about her stories and her ability to understand the nuances of interpersonal relationships and the various dilemmas virtually all people find themselves in ...

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