Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Josephine Barry Davis

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Amidon

Third Advisor

Pamela Ide


The foundation of the genre of children's literature is one that is disputed more than two thousand years after the genre was created. Whether thought of as obedient miniature adults, mischievous free spirits, or mini-consumers, the image of children in society has changed many times over the past twenty centuries. One thing that is evident is the fact that books or stories that are given to children were initially meant to mold or train their minds to the values of their elders and more recently intended to entertain. To examine the history of children's literature is to examine each era's prevalent view of children in society.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only