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 7.1 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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Perry Nodelman Receives the International Brothers Grimm Award

July 2, 2015

The International Institute for Children’s Literature in Osaka (IICLO) is pleased to announce Perry Nodelman as the fifteenth recipient of the International Brothers Grimm Award.

In September 2014, IICLO sent questionnaires to 400 scholars in which they requested recommendations for candidates, and by the end of November 2014, the IICLO had selected 12 nominees. In December 2014, after researching these nominees and their achievements, the Japanese committee members narrowed the list of candidates down to the following four:

Clare Bradford (Australia)
Hans-Heino Ewers (Germany)
Perry Nodelman (Canada)
Roberta Seelinger Trites (U.S.A.)

In March 2015, a final meeting of the Japanese committee was held, and they decided that the winner was Professor Perry Nodelman in Canada. The award presentation ceremony and Professor Perry Nodelman’s commemorative lecture will be held on 21 November 2015. At the ceremony, a trophy and a prize of one million yen will be given by the Kinrankai Foundation, a supporter of the award.

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Jeunesse Articles Receive ChLA Awards

June 26, 2015

Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures is pleased to announce that two articles published in the journal were honoured at the 2015 Children’s Literature Association conference that took place in June in Richmond, Virginia.

The ChLA Article Award for outstanding article was awarded to Zetta Elliott for "The Trouble with Magic: Conjuring the Past in New York City Parks," published in Issue 5.2 (2013), and Rachel Conrad received the Honor Award for her article, "’We Are Masters at Childhood’: Time and Agency in Poetry by, for, and about Children," also published in Issue 5.2 (2013).

ChLA Article Awards are awarded annually by the Children’s Literature Association to recognize outstanding articles focusing on a literary, historical, theoretical, or cultural examination of children’s texts and/or children’s culture. Winning articles have been judged to provide new insights into the field, making a distinct or significant scholarly contribution to the understanding of children’s literature. The Children’s Literature Association is a non-profit association of scholars, critics, professors, students, librarians, teachers and institutions dedicated to the academic study of literature for children. ChLA recognizes exceptional scholarship in and service to the field of children’s literature by annually selecting recipients for awards promoting international scholarship; honoring undergraduate, graduate, and faculty scholarship; honoring lifetime service to the field; and celebrating works of literature for children of high literary merit.

Housed at the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures at the University of Winnipeg, Jeunesse is an interdisciplinary, refereed academic journal whose mandate is to publish research on and to provide a forum for discussion about cultural productions for, by, and about young people.

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Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship - University of Roehampton

June 2, 2015

Department of English and Creative Writing

Postgraduate research studentships – Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship

The University of Roehampton is pleased to make its annual Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship open to a general call for research topics in the field of children’s literature. This will be awarded to a postgraduate PhD student working in the field of children’s literature or creative writing for children. The Jacqueline Wilson Scholar will be based in the award-winning National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL) with access to the Children’s Literature Collection and archives, and will join a lively community of researchers, writers and students. This fully funded scholarship will cover home/EU fees of £4052 for Home/EU students and maintenance of £16,057 p.a. in 2015/16 for 3 years full-time subject to satisfactory progress.

The scholarship is open to new students only and preference may be given to proposals that build on the research interests of the NCRCL. These include, but are not limited to: philosophy; theory; historical fiction; landscape; domestic spaces; memory; reading. Applicants are encouraged to identify potential supervisors as part of their application.

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Transcultural Production of Children’s Literature in Postwar Taiwan: Liang Lin’s I Want a Big Rooster and Little Duckling Gets Back Home - A Lecture by Andrea Mei-Ying Wu

May 28, 2015

The Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures is pleased to host a lecture by Dr. Andrea Mei-Ying Wu, a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Minnesota and Associate Professor at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. Her lecture, entitled “Transcultural Production of Children’s Literature in Postwar Taiwan: Liang Lin’s I Want a Big Rooster and Little Duckling Gets Back Home,” will take place from 10:00AM to 11:15AM on Thursday, June 11 in room 3M52 at the University of Winnipeg.

If globalization is to be understood as a process infused with dynamic and multi-dimensional interactions, communications, negotiations, and at times tensions and confrontations, it is significant to see how local subjects (re)imagine, (re)define, and represent themselves in the global context and how they react to and (re)appropriate the norms of the dominant in the transcultural process. This lecture will deal with the transcultural production of children’s literature in postwar Taiwan, with a focus on Liang Lin’s Wo yao da gongji (I Want a Big Rooster) and Xiao yaya huijia (Little Duckling Gets Back Home), two of the initial and representative publications of ertong duwu bianji xiaozu (the Editorial Task Force for Children’s Books) in the early postwar decades.

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New Book - Seriality and Texts for Young People

February 4, 2015

Seriality and Texts for Young People: The Compulsion to Repeat, edited by Mavis Reimer, Nyala Ali, Deanna England, and Melanie Dennis Unrau, is now available from Palgrave Macmillan.

Seriality and Texts for Young People is a collection of thirteen original, scholarly essays about series and serial texts directed to children and youth. Each begins from the premise that a basic principle of seriality is repetition and explores what that means for a range of primary texts, including popular narrative series for children, comics, magazines, TV series, and digital texts. Contributors featured include internationally-recognised scholars such as Perry Nodelman, Margaret Mackey and Laurie Langbauer, and the essays cover texts such as the Harry Potter novels, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Anne of Green Gables. The introduction provides a framework for the detailed explorations, reviewing some of the most important contemporary theories of repetition, pointing to some key criticism on series, and speculating on the significance of the series form for the field of young people’s texts. To find out more, please click here.

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