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PLAI 400 (Fall 2011): Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities

Representations of Childhood


Instructors: Steven Huebner, Desmond Manderson, Leigh Yetter

We have all been children; but what does this mean, and why? This course explores representations of the child across various domains (e.g., architecture, art, law, literature, music) and over time, juxtaposing historical and contemporary literary, pictorial, musical and other texts to examine the forces and ideologies that have shaped their construction. We consider how Western notions of childhood have developed, shifted, and been placed under stress. The course will also explore the implications of these representations on the treatment of children, our anxieties surrounding childhood, and our understanding of ourselves. Sessions led by Steven Huebner, Desmond Manderson, Leigh Yetter, Luis Gomez Romero and others. Restricted to students will minimum U2 standing.

*This course is not open to students who have taken PLAI 300: Imagining the Child.