Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures

Discourses of Homelessness and Texts for Young People

CRYTC Member: Mavis Reimer

The beginning of the twenty-first century has seen an increasing number of fictional and non-fictional narratives published in Canada and internationally for young readers that are preoccupied with child subjects on the move: immigrants, refugees, runaways, exiles, tourists, travelers, vagrants, and street kids. In this project, I look at various collections of texts about these young homeless subjects in terms of contemporary theories of globalization and postmodernity: my collections of texts include textbooks about homelessness, contemporary YA fiction, “Safe Streets” and Panhandling Acts, narrative films about street kids, and the discourses of the 2011 Occupy movements.