WWI and the Homefront in the Italian Children’s Magazine Corriere dei Piccoli: Representations and Idealization of the Battlefront and Nationhood

Fabiana Loparco Lecture

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.

The Digital Blackfoot Storytelling Project: Methodological Approaches to Child-Centred, Community-Driven Research

Erin Spring Lecture

The Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures is pleased to host “The Digital Blackfoot Storytelling Project: Methodological Approaches to Child-Centred, Community-Driven Research” a public lecture by Dr. Erin Spring on February 11 from 2:30PM to 3:30PM in Room 2D11.

The recently released Executive Summary of the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada calls for the production of culturally appropriate and relevant environments as a means of promoting child welfare and resilience. In this talk, Dr. Spring will reflect on the early stages of an ongoing interdisciplinary project that brings together multiple researchers from the Institute for Child and Youth Studies at the University of Lethbridge, policy makers, and community members from a non-profit organization for urban Blackfoot children. Blackfoot youth are becoming para-ethnographers, collecting stories about their culture, history, and language from their Elders to upload into a digital library. This library will assist in the delivery of culturally relevant educational programming, while facilitating intergenerational knowledge transmission. Dr. Spring’s talk will explore the value of using digital methods, photo-elicitation, and child-centered action research to achieve the aim of producing an enduring, culturally-relevant resource for the youth. Specifically, she will reflect on the ways in which these methodological approaches are centering the children and community members as active participants in the research project.

Dr. Erin Spring is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute for Child and Youth Studies at the University of Lethbridge. She is currently conducting reader-response research with Blackfoot youth living on a reserve in Southern Alberta, which is funded through the International Board of Books for Young People’s Frances E. Russell Grant. She is also the project manager of the Digital Blackfoot Storytelling Project. Erin completed her PhD in Children’s Literature at the University of Cambridge.

Launch of Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow at O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation

Piisim Finds Her Miskanow Cover

On December 7, 2015, the team that created Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow returned the book to its community O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation at South Indian Lake in northern Manitoba. The launch was held at Oscar Blackburn School with an audience of students, teachers, Chief and council, and community members. The research team gave a classroom set of Pīsim Finds Her Miskanow, along with a Teachers Guide for the book, to Oscar Blackburn School. The community honoured the research team by distributing gifts to them. Author William Dumas made remarks, and the launch event was followed by a feast hosted by the community.

We acknowledge the support of the Marsha Hanen Global Dialogue and Ethics Award to make this launch possible.

An American Film Critic, a British intellectual, and a Peruvian Bear Walk into a Bar…: Civility and Conviviality in the Digital Age

Paddington Bear

On November 20 at 12:30PM in Room 2M70, Dr. Daniel McNeil (Associate Professor, History, Carleton University) is delivering a public talk entitled “An American Film Critic, a British intellectual, and a Peruvian Bear Walk into a Bar…: Civility and Conviviality in the Digital Age.” Dr. McNeil is a prominent historian and cultural theorist specializing in twentieth and twenty-first centuries cultural and intellectual history; Black Atlantic Studies; British Cultural Studies; Critical Race Studies and Sexuality; and Migration and Diaspora Studies.

His talk addresses the public intellectual work of notorious American film critic Armond White and celebrated British intellectual Paul Gilroy. In order to illuminate the idiosyncratic ways in which these writers both engage with intellectual work produced outside of academia, the talk will be interspersed with clips from the popular family film Paddington (2014). In doing so, it argues that the slyly subversive film updates the well-known stories of the beloved bear from “darkest Peru,” which first appeared in print in 1958, in relation to post/colonial ideas about English politeness and Caribbean calypso with the type of political intelligence and irony that has been demonstrated by Gilroy and White throughout their careers as cultural critics. The talk is moderated by Dr. Bruno Cornellier (English, University of Winnipeg). Everyone is welcome.

Mediating Bodies: Representing Femininity in Contemporary Young People’s Fairy-Tale Adaptations

Emma Whatman Lecture Poster

CRYTC is pleased to host “Mediating Bodies: Representing Femininity in Contemporary Young People’s Fairy-Tale Adaptations” a public lecture by Emma Whatman on November 18 from 12:30PM to 1:20PM in Room 3C30.

This talk examines fairy-tale adaptations for young people and investigates how medium, and medium-specific conventions impact on how female identities, bodies, and sexualities are represented in adaptations of “Snow White,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Cinderella” across a variety of media. For the purpose of this talk, Emma Whatman will speak to new media applications and comic books. She argues that new media applications that adapt fairy-tale princess narratives promote problematic gender and beauty ideologies for implied young female users. In contrast, the second part of this talk will address how the same fairy-tale narratives are adapted to the comic-book medium in DC Vertigo’s series Fairest. In particular, she investigates how females are represented and characterised in relation to toughness, sexualisation and postfeminist subjectivities. This presentation questions if through the comics medium these characters are able to have control and agency, or if they revert to being fetishized objects of the male gaze under the guise of postfeminism.

Emma Whatman is a PhD candidate and sessional tutor at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Her research focuses on representations of female embodiment and subjectivity in contemporary fairy tale adaptations for young people across multiple media. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures at the University of Winnipeg where she is teaching a course around her research. She completed her BA (Hons) in 2012 and was awarded First Class Honours.

Distinguished Lecture and Reception for Perry Nodelman

Perry Nodelman Distinguished Lecture

on Thursday, November 12 at 7:00PM
at The University of Winnipeg, Room 2M70

Before and Beyond Words About Picture: Picture Books and Picture Book Studies, Then and Now

Dr. Perry Nodelman, Professor Emeritus, The University of Winnipeg, is the recipient of the 2015 International Brothers Grimm Award, which is presented by the International Institute for Children’s Literature in Osaka to a scholar who has produced outstanding research in the field of children’s literature and picture books. The Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures and the UW Department of English are honouring his achievement through a public lecture and reception.

Dr. Nodelman was a Professor in the Department of English at The University of Winnipeg for thirty-seven years. He is the author of Words About Pictures: The Narrative Art of Children’s Picture Books (1988), The Pleasures of Children’s Literature (1992), and The Hidden Adult: Defining Children’s Literature (2008), and he has written many influential articles on children’s literature, as well as a number of novels for young readers.

A Phallic Dog, A Stuffed Coyote, and the Boy Who Won’t Come Out: Revisiting Queer Visibility in Young Adult Fiction

Derritt Mason Lecture

The Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures is pleased to present “A Phallic Dog, A Stuffed Coyote, and the Boy Who Won’t Come Out: Revisiting Queer Visibility in Young Adult Fiction,” a lecture by Dr. Derritt Mason from the University of Calgary on Monday, September 21, 2015, from 2:30PM to 3:30PM. It will take place in Room 2M72 at the University of Winnipeg campus.

This lecture revisits John Donovan’s groundbreaking novel I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip, first published in 1969 and widely recognized as the first North American young adult novel with gay content. Now four years shy of its fiftieth anniversary, Donovan’s novel is treated by many contemporary critics as little more than a relic, rife with tropes inherent to the gay problem novels of a bygone era. Dr. Mason argues that this novel–so often lambasted for its hopelessness, stereotypes, and omissions–is a lot queerer than it may initially appear, and much more relevant to contemporary notions of sexuality and queerness than many critics suggest.

Dr. Derritt Mason is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Calgary. His primary teaching and research interests sit at the intersection of children’s literature, queer theory, and cultural studies. Dr. Mason holds a PhD from the University of Alberta, where he wrote a dissertation that deploys anxiety as a lens for thinking about queer young adult fiction and its criticism. His publications include essays on the It Gets Better anti-bullying YouTube project (ESC: English Studies in Canada 38.3-4), and the history of childhood and perversity (Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 3.1). Dr. Mason recently co-edited a special issue of ESC (40.1) entitled Hysteria Manifest: Cultural Lives of a Great Disorder.

Transcultural Production of Children’s Literature in Postwar Taiwan: Liang Lin’s I Want a Big Rooster and Little Duckling Gets Back Home

Andrea Wu Lecture Poster

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.

Book Launch for Seriality and Texts for Young People

Seriality and Texts for Young People Book Cover

Please join members and friends of the UW’s Cultural Studies Graduate Program to celebrate the launch of a new book of essays: Seriality and Texts for Young People: The Compulsion to Repeat edited by Mavis Reimer, Nyala Ali, Deanna England, and Melanie Dennis Unrau.

Friday, March 27 at 12:30 in 2C13

brief readings from the text
refreshments will be served

Seriality and Texts for Young People, published by Palgrave Macmillan, contains an introduction by the editors and 13 original scholarly essays, including UW and UW-affiliated scholars charlie peters, Brandon Christopher, Perry Nodelman, Debra Dudek, and Larissa Wodtke. The volume originated in the international symposium Narrative, Repetition, and Texts for Young People, conceived by Dr. Mavis Reimer and hosted by her graduate class in Cultural Studies at the UW in June 2011. Please join us to celebrate this distinguished achievement by our colleagues.