Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies

Drawing on Pitt’s nationally-renowned faculty in Children’s Literature and Culture, CLCS pursues the interdisciplinary study of children’s literature and media from the U.S., Great Britain, and beyond. Pitt was a pioneering department in the field of children’s literature and continues to help forge new directions in the field. 

Graduate students in the area benefit from:

  • Rigorous training in historical and archival literary studies as well as exceptional support for interdisciplinary projects on children's literature, media, and culture.
  • An active undergraduate Children’s Literature program that offers excellent teaching opportunities for PhD students.
  • Faculty strengths in American and British studies, queer studies, ecocriticism, ethnography, musicology, readership/literacy, and new media.
  • The Elizabeth Nesbitt and Nietz Old Textbook Collections (children’s literature, materials related to the history of children’s literature, nineteenth-century schoolbooks).