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Childrens Literature (M.Phil. / P.Grad.Dip.)

1 Year Full Time

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Course Director

Dr Jane Carroll, Dr Pádraic Whyte

Telephone Number

+353-1-896 1934/1224

jane.carroll@tcd.ie


 whytepa@tcd.ie

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Course Fees

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Course Description

Children's literature is recognised as a remarkable and dynamic part of literary and social culture. This course, the first full-time one year taught Masters programme in an Irish university, offers graduates in English or related disciplines the opportunity to study a broad range of children's literature in English, with special attention paid to the role of the Irish contribution to the development of children's literature. It addresses chronologies, genres, modes of criticism, publishing trends and the full apparatus of literary investigation across four centuries, while addressing the unique power dynamics that arise from adult authors writing for child readers. It is particularly concerned with multidisciplinary study because of the unique integration of words and images through the medium of picture books and graphic novels. Complete in itself, the course may also serve as preparation for those intending to proceed to further research in the field.

 

This course offers unique opportunities to engage in archival research in children's literature and to work with the Pollard Collection of Children’s Books, the bequest of more than 10,000 children's books left to the College by Mary 'Paul' Pollard, one-time keeper of Early Printed Books, in 2005, as well as to work with the National Collection of Children’s Books (nccb.tcd.ie).

 

The course consists of five modules: a core course “Perspectives and Case Studies in Children’s Literature” as well as option modules. Students take an option module in each of the semesters, choosing from the variety of special subjects on offer each year. These special subjects may include: Victorian Childhoods, Agency & Empowerment in Young Adult Literature, Material Culture and Children’s Literature, and Creative Writing for Children.  

 

Assessment is through four 5,000-6,000 word essays and a 15,000-18,000 word dissertation.

 

Name: Margaret Masterson

Course: M.Phil. in Children’s Literature

Year of Study: 2018-19

Trinity would value insight into your experience of Trinity and as such, I would be very grateful if you could answer the questions below:

    - Why did you choose to study at Trinity?
I chose Trinity for its reputation and its history. More particularly, I chose it for the degree in children’s literature. It is somewhat difficult to find a specific and dedicated children’s literature postgraduate course.

    - What’s your favourite thing about Trinity?
My favourite thing is to visit the Long Room when I’m feeling overwhelmed. I go when the line is short or non-existent, often close to closing time. I wander the room in all its quiet and its history, and I restore my sense of gratitude for the opportunity to study here.

    - What was the most enjoyable part of your course?
The combination of what we are reading, the small cohort that lends itself to great discussions, and the excellent teaching have made this an amazing year.

    - In what ways did you avail of the benefits of the city-centre campus?
I explorer Dublin city every chance I get. I am an avid bus rider. I live in St Kevin’s. I walk to Trinity every day. I haunt all the nearby cafes, pubs and book shops.

    - Can you describe the level and feel of safety at Trinity?
I always feel safe on campus, even when I am in the postgrad reading room until late hours. The security team are very approachable and kind.

    - What makes Trinity a global campus?
In relation to my program, and my limited perspective, I’d say the student body. I’m here studying from America as part of a dynamic international student presence on campus. Also, Trinity’s efforts to create partnerships with institutions worldwide.

    - Give 3 reasons why you chose to study at Trinity.
1. Personal attention: I emailed Dr. Padraic Whyte about the mPhil, and he was so kind, responsive and helpful for the full year I was considering attending.
2. English department: its excellent reputation and the fact that it values children’s literature more than the average department. This mPhil substantiates that claim.
3. The Pollard Collection and Early Printed Books: the fact that the collection is a research collection, intended to be used and worked with, not just hidden away somewhere.

  - What would you say to someone who’s thinking of doing a postgraduate at Trinity?
Do it. You won’t regret it. The combination of excellent teaching, resources, reputation and location won’t let you down. And Dublin is the perfect setting.

Course Details

Duration

1 Year Full Time

Next Intake

September 2020

Closing Date

31 March 2020

Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least an upper second or a GPA of at least 3.3). A sample of the candidate’s own critical writing (3,000-5,000 words) is also required.

Course Fees

Click here for a full list of postgraduate fees.

Get In Touch

Course Director

Dr Jane Carroll, Dr Pádraic Whyte

Telephone Number

+353-1-896 1934/1224

jane.carroll@tcd.ie


 whytepa@tcd.ie

Website