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Dr. Lister gave a wonder insight and history of Children’s literature and then to Segway this into looking at the Harry Potter series was delightful.
It was such a joy to get to participate in this series. Her material was well-researched and thorough. One of the good things the pandemic has brought are these new opportunities to learn from unexpected sources around the world. I feel so fortunate that I was able to participate in this course. Thank you!
I loved this course! I didn't know all the literature, but I loved learning about how authors are influenced by each other as well as by their individual lives, cultures, and settings and about how the books have affected our cultures. Dr. Litster's presentations were engaging to me for the entire time, and I enjoyed her extensive knowledge of children's lit. I wish I could listen to them all again.
This is wonderfully organized course! I've learned so much about the children's literature that I loved as a child (and all the books I missed), as well as how much J.K. Rowling drew on a rich tradition for the Harry Potter books. However, my favorite part might be that Dr. Litster illustrates her slides with images of the book editions from her childhood. I keep my boxed set of Anne of Green Gables (circa 1984) on a shelf, so that makes me smile every week.
Dr. Litster is terrific!!!