martes, 30 de octubre de 2012

Literature for children

Vladimir Propp: 
 He was born on April 17 in St. Petersburg Germany. Propp went to school at St. Petersburg University from 1913 to 1918 studying Russian and German philosophy. His most well known work is the Morphology of the folk tale. In it, he deconstructed folk tales and revealed the discovered elements of a plot an essential character of a folk tale. Although his work has stirred up some criticism, it is clear that his work had influenced both print and film.


Bruno Bettelheim:
(August 28, 1903- March 13, 1990) He was a writer and child psychologist. He spent the most significant part of his life as director of the orthogenic school at the university of Chicago, a home for emotionally disturbed children. He wrote books on both normal and abnormal psychology, and was well respected by many during his lifetime. His book, the uses of enchantment, recast fairy tales in terms of the strictest Freudian psychology, sometimes to intentionally hilarious effect. He suffered from depression throughout his life, and committed suicide in 1990.


Maria Tatar:
 She is the John L. Loeb professor of Germanic languages and literatures of the program in folklore and mythology at Harvard University; she teaches courses on German culture, folklore, and children’s literature. She has written books in all three areas, among them Lustmord: sexual violence in Weimar Germany, The annotated brothers Grimm, Classic fairy tales, Enchanted hunters: The power of stories in childhood.


Kieran Egan:

 (1942-) He was born in Clonmel Ireland. Egan’s background led him to the career of education with great focus on educational theory, child-development and implications, he is considered as contemporary educational philosopher. He currently involves in a few educational projects to practice his theories, such as The Imaginative Education Research in Group, Learning in depth, Whole School projects, and Dividing The School Into Two. He suggested the uses of imagination and understandings within person’s intellectual development.

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