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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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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Call for Papers: IRSCL Congress 2017

February 22, 2016

The 23rd Biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature will be hosted by the Children’s Studies Program, Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University in Toronto, Canada.

Congress Co-Convenors
Cheryl Cowdy and Peter E. Cumming

Congress Dates
Saturday, July 29 to Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Congress Venue
Keele Campus, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Children’s Studies Program is an Honours BA program with more than 500 majors and minors. York University is the third-largest university in Canada. Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth-largest city in North America, and the leading Canadian destination for tourists. The economic, transportation, and cultural hub of Canada, with direct flights to many cities around the world, Toronto is one of the safest and most multicultural cities in the world.

Congress Theme
"Possible & Impossible Children: Intersections of Children’s Literature & Childhood Studies"

At least since Jacqueline Rose’s provocative argument about the "impossibility" of children’s fiction in 1984, children’s literature scholars have been profoundly anxious about "the child" and "children" in relation to children’s literature. Richard Flynn (1997), Mary Galbraith and Karen Coats (2001), Perry Nodelman (2008), David Rudd (2013), and Marah Gubar (2013) have variously noted the dangers, difficulties, necessities, and desirability of approaching children’s texts through conceptions of "children," "childhood," and "adulthood." Thus, this Congress is grounded in ongoing debates in children’s literature scholarship about possible relationships of “the child,” "children," and "childhood" to children’s literature; to what extent and in what ways such relationships are possible or "impossible"; and to what extent and in what ways these are necessary and/or desirable.

Over the past three decades, the multidisciplinary fields of children’s, childhood, and youth studies have developed dramatically. Childhood and youth studies, constantly negotiating intersections between actual young people and sociocultural constructions and representations of childhood and youth, offer compelling, if problematic, points of inquiry into the study of children’s literature, just as children’s and young adult literatures continue to challenge and inform childhood and youth studies.

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