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This course considers what childhood is for various cultures and times, why “the child” serves so many different functions, and why our current culture imagines children (and, while we’re at it, adolescents) as it does.  That is, instead of thinking of “the child” as something in nature, a kind of given, we will ask what sort of cultural needs our idea of children serve.  To get at this, we’ll read parts of some histories of childhood, some famous short stories, poems, and two classics, PETER PAN and ALICE IN WONDER-LAND.  Then we’ll consider the way childhood features in contemporary pop culture:  songs, theatre, movies and advertisements.  And all this time we’ll be talking about how memory works, what we really know about our own childhoods, and beginning (if we want) the process of writing about our own early years.  There will be live online sessions with the instructor on Wednesdays, Oct 19, 26, Nov 2, 9 at 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm PACIFIC Time.  Live sessions will be recorded and archived for review.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an online seminar and you will be accessing your seminar through the Epsilen Global Learning System (GLS).  You will have access to the course on Epsilen for six months.  After you register, you will receive an email from TicketWeb confirming your payment.  A week prior to the seminar start date, you will receive an e-mail with the subject line “Course: You’ve been invited to join "Course Name" which will prompt you to set up an account with Epsilen (if you do not already have one) and join the seminar.   This e-mail will be sent to the address you entered during registration.  If you already have an Epsilen account, please log in and go to the Courses tool to accept the invitation.  If you do not receive the invitation e-mail as scheduled, please check your spam filter, then contact The New York Times Knowledge Network at knowledge@nytimes.com.

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