Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures


University of Winnipeg

The Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures (CRYTC) supports scholarly inquiry into literary, media, and other cultural texts for children and youth. Directed by Dr. Doris Wolf, with assistance from the Research Coordinator, Larissa Wodtke, the Centre provides a focus for research in the field at the University of Winnipeg, houses the journal Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, facilitates the development and management of collaborative national and international research projects, hosts visiting speakers and researchers, and maintains links with other research centres in children's studies internationally... more

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Issue 8.2 of Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures is out now! See Jeunesse's website for more information about this issue, and about how to submit articles and how to subscribe.

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CRYTC Faculty and Affiliate Receive ChLA Awards

March 28, 2017

The Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures would like to congratulate Mavis Reimer and Clare Bradford on receiving 2017 Children’s Literature Association book awards.

CRYTC affiliate Clare Bradford received the ChLA Book Award for The Middle Ages in Children’s Literature (Palgrave, 2015), and she and Mavis Reimer received the Honor Edited Book Award for Girls, Texts, Cultures (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2014). Girls, Texts, Cultures is a volume initiated by a symposium hosted by CRYTC in 2010.

The ChLA Book Award is awarded annually by the Children’s Literature Association to recognize outstanding book-length contributions to children’s literature history, scholarship, and criticism. The ChLA Edited Book Award and Honors recognize essay collections that make a distinct or significant contribution to our understanding of youth literature from a literary, cultural, historical or theoretical perspective.

More details about 2017 ChLA award winners can be found on the ChLA website.

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The Maurice Sendak Exhibition in CRYTC

March 15, 2017

From March 22 to April 10, 2017, the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures will be hosting The Maurice Sendak Exhibition in Room 3C23B.

This exhibition is part of a free series of events organized by the University of Winnipeg’s English practicum class (ENGL-3120), and it will feature the Perry Nodelman Maurice Sendak Book Collection.

This exhibition acknowledges the support of the University of Winnipeg Experiential Learning Fund and the Experiential Learning Network; Professor Emeritus Perry Nodelman and the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures; the UW library; the UW archives; and Dr. Naomi Hamer and the practicum course students in the Department of English (UW).

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Katherena Vermette Public Reading

January 10, 2017

On March 8, 2017 at 12:30PM, University of Winnipeg’s Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence Katherena Vermette will be giving a free public reading in Room 1LO7.

A Métis writer from Treaty One territory, Katherena won the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry for her first book, North End Love Songs. She is also the author of the children’s picture-book series The Seven Teachings Stories, and the novel The Break. Her short film documentary, This River, was released in 2016.

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"WWI and the Homefront in the Italian Children’s Magazine Corriere dei Piccoli: Representations and Idealization of the Battlefront and Nationhood" by Dr. Fabiana Loparco

July 12, 2016

CRYTC is pleased to present a talk by visiting scholar Fabiana Loparco on July 28 from 12:30PM to 1:30PM in Room 2C16.

This presentation aims to explore the warring education of children in Italy during WWI on the pages of the most important Italian children’s magazine, the Corriere dei Piccoli. Analysing stories and comics published from 1914 to 1918, Dr. Loparco will examine the magazine’s educational messages, which instructed children about the values of sacrifice, duty, and homeland in order to build a “militarized childhood.” The patriotic representations in the Corriere dei Piccoli altered the ethical nature of the war. By ignoring the reality of battlefields, comics, on one hand, described WWI as a harmless, funny game, while tales, on the other hand, described the war as a “training of courage” and a “birthplace of heroes.” Dr. Loparco will also demonstrate that the particular interpretation of the conflict proposed by the Corriere had the intent of unifying the nation around common ideals that would have shaped and reinforced a national identity for the children of the young Italian kingdom.

Fabiana Loparco obtained her Ph.D. in History of Education at the University of Macerata (Italy) in 2015. Currently, she is a teaching assistant in the Italian Department of Dalarna University (Sweden). Her research focuses on the history of Italian and English children’s literature and children’s magazines in the 19th and 20th centuries, war propaganda in children’s magazines during WWI, the first Italian socialist magazines for children, primary school education under fascism, and the history of Italian teachers’ associations. She is the author of The Corriere dei Piccoli and World War I.

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