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In this class we'll take a look at the ways in which narratives both structure, delimit and preserve childhood; we'll retain the magic of this important experience but look into the ways inwhich it is experienced and how it (and its representations)change over time. Over the course of the class we'll exploresuch things as child psychology, cultural productions of childhood, gendered ideas of childhood and the fecund intersection of visual (pre-linguistic) understanding of self and alongside the burgeoning vocabularies of selfhood and the possibilities of narrativity. We'll read such things as fairy tales and children's books, but we'll do so with an eye on how these early narratives shape not only behavior, but possibility.