Date of Award

1-31-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

Department

Liberal Studies

First Reader

Richard Chrisman

Second Reader

Mark Rye

Abstract

The study of forgiveness gained momentum in the 1980's when scientists were interested in finding a link between forgiveness and its benefits to mental health. The research resulted in a plethora of published books on the topic of forgiveness, found in the self-help section of many booksellers. However, the topic of forgiveness is often evident in literature for adults and for children, as well. This concept as seen in children's literature has undergone changes over history. This final project analyzes select picture books and books for independent readers and adopts a historical perspective in order to illuminate a historical shift in how punishment and forgiveness play out in literature for children.

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