2023-2024 / LROM0189-1

Literature for young people


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in ancient and modern languages and literatures5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : classics5 crédits 
 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : musicology5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : Oriental studies (Registrations are closed)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 
 Bachelor in French and Romance languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Master in communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Daniel Delbrassine

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course will concentrate on contemporary literature written for children and young adults, with emphasis upon three important genres : folktales, adolescent novel, and picturebooks. Several more general aspects will be examined: recent history, the present market of children literature, large series of books under a single imprint, and censorship.

Tales are the main format for contemporary children's literature, and this genre will be examined from several angles: the importance of oral tradition, the late appearance of a specialisation for a children readership, parodies, and heavily illustrated adaptations.

Novels for young adults will be examined from several points of view: origins, foreign influences, formal or stylistic points of distinction, taboos and censorship, education novels, young adult's fantasy literature, etc.

Picturebook will be analysed in detail, in order to show students the main properties of this form. With a special focus on text/pictures relations, we will examine ancient and contemporary picturebooks.  We will also take a look at the very rich contribution of Belgian creators in this area.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

This course is intended primarily for students from the departments of Romance Languages and Literature, Modern Languages and Literature, and Communication Arts and Sciences. Students will get an idea of the way the publishing industry works, situated as it is, at the intersection of literature, graphic arts, and general positions concerning the teaching of reading. Particular attention will be given to opening up international perspectives, and to teaching students to use specialised resources and instruments for research (books, journals, institutions and websites that deserve to be taken as reference points).

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The course is open to students who have passed at least their first year in a Bachelor's programme of the Faculty.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Class meetings in the second quadrimester will last for two hours each.
Simultaneously, the students could have to attend to 3 chapters in the Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) "Il était une fois la littérature jeunesse" , by ULiège-IFRES.

Recommended or required readings

English text not available.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

Marks will be based on an individual research project (30%), an oral examination on the obligatory readings (10%), on the material of the course (+ the chapters choosen in the MOOC) (50%) and on the individual project (10%).
The project will concern a topic that has been chosen by mutual agreement with the instructor prior to Easter vacation. It will extend to 7000-8000 characters of text written by the student, a short bibliography, and any necessary appendices. It must be submitted as a paper copy (composed using Microsoft Word or Open Office) and also e-mailed as an attachment no later than 14 days before the date of the examination.
Note: In case of high numbers of students (over 30) a written exam may replace the above mentioned procedure. 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Daniel Delbrassine E-mail: daniel.delbrassine@ulg.ac.be Office ULg: (Wednesday and Friday) place Cockerill, building A-2, room 4/43, 4th floor, Phone ULg  Home address: rue Sainry, 32, B-4870 Trooz

Association of one or more MOOCs