Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures


Researching Children's Literature, UWinnipeg Magazine (Spring, 2017), pp. 38-39

Features Mavis Reimer

Dr. Mavis Reimer was convinced she was an expert in English literature. And then she had a daughter....... more.

The Other Side of Anne of Green Gables, The New York Times Magazine (April 27, 2017)

Features Mavis Reimer

Do you know Anne Shirley? You would like her. Everybody does. A lively and optimistic survivor with a feverish imagination and unchecked enthusiasms, she is a redheaded outsider who becomes an insider without forsaking her peculiarities or her intelligence....... more.

Grown-up Storytime in March and more, UW News Centre (March 8, 2017)

Features Naomi Hamer

The University of Winnipeg’s English practicum class (ENGL-3120) is inviting you to participate in Grown-up Storytime and other engaging activities in the library in the month of March. In addition to story time, The Maurice Sendak Exhibition will be on display, the Exploring the Archives event will be taking place, and the library is calling for design submissions for its new study carrels...... more.

Naomi Hamer’s Research on Children’s Museums, UW Department of English (March 2016)

Features Naomi Hamer

Dr. Naomi Hamer is Assistant Professor of English and an affiliate of the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures (CRYTC), which is housed at the University of Winnipeg. Her current research project, entitled “The Children’s Story Museum: The Design of Spaces for Interactive and Immersive Experiences with Children’s Books,” investigates children’s museums and exhibits that focus on children’s authors and illustrators, fairytale and folkloric narratives, and general concepts of story and storytelling...... more.

Book inspired by discovery of remains, The Metro (September 25, 2013)

Features Mavis Reimer

Some stories are so big they need more than one person to tell them. A group of archaeologists, educators, and illustrators, an aboriginal storyteller, and a University of Winnipeg professor have worked together over the past five years to create a picture book about a young Cree woman who lived in northern Manitoba in the mid-17th century. The book is called Pisim Finds Her Miskanow...... more.

16 writers, 2 editors, 1 HUGE METAPHOR, Winnipeg Free Press (July 20, 2013)

Features Deborah Schnitzer

'Thursday 23 September, 8:22 a.m., Assiniboine Universtiy. On a benign September morning, strangers converge on a bricked quadrangle -- and at a perilous edge none could anticipate.' So begins this surprisingly readable collaborative novel, the brainchild of two Winnipeg editors and penned by 16 writers, most of whom are Canadian but not well-known..... more.

On "The Pleasures of Children’s Literature" (Perry Nodelman & Mavis Reimer), niftynotcool Blog (April 16, 2013)

Features Perry Nodelman and Mavis Reimer

This post is not the first in which I discuss my interest in children’s literature (like my love of YA fiction), and it will likely not be the last. My inspiration today is my current preoccupation: studying for my final exam in a Children’s Literature course (an Education course this time, cross-listed with English). The textbook shaping and informing this course is a lovely little volume called (you guessed it) The Pleasures of Children’s Literature.... more.

UWinnipeg Alum Damian Tryon & his students (February 25, 2013)

Features Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures

Damian Tryon (BA’09), a Language Arts teacher at Kildonan-East Collegiate, is among the first cohort of UWinnipeg graduates to obtain a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies, in 2010. Tryon has found that his UWinnipeg education, combined with his Bachelor of Education, helps him in the classroom.... more.

Disco dazed: Celebrating its birth... and the fact I didn't kill myself on the floor, Winnipeg Free Press (October 19, 2012)

Features Mavis Reimer

As most of you are no doubt aware, today is an incredibly historic day. Get ready to get down and get back up again, because it appears today is the 53rd anniversary of the opening of the world's first discotheque (pronounced "deesk-oth-akew)....more.

CTV Interview About the Death of Maurice Sendak (May 8, 2012)

Features Naomi Hamer

Barbie + Britney ( – Beyoncé) = Science!, Hawkblocker (July 17, 2012)

Features Naomi Hamer

What’s going on at the European Commission? Barely three months since the EC was forced to recall an EU ad portraying non-member countries as a horde of exotic foreigners threatening a white woman who seemed to represent “pure” Europe, they’re in trouble again for a new campaign with the apparently laudable goal of encouraging young women to study science... more.

U of W lures history-making Saudi scholar, Winnipeg Free Press (February 16, 2012)

Features Sabah Aisawi

Sabah Aisawi will join the University of Winnipeg as a visiting research fellow from February to June.

As the first woman to gain a PhD in children's literature in Saudi Arabia she will look at cultural diversity and portrayal of disability in children’s literature... more.

Eclectic award winner, Jewish Independent (July 1, 2011)

Features Deborah Schnitzer

Dr. Deborah Schnitzer arrived in Winnipeg in 1988 to take on the role of director of the writing centre of the then-new University of Winnipeg writing program. A wordsmith by nature, Schnitzer persisted in her literary path, becoming a professor of English at U of W, where she teaches today. She is also a filmmaker, writer and activist. Recently, she was presented with the Margaret Lawrence Award for Fiction for her 2009 novel An Unexpected Break in the Weather... more.

"Making it happen" in The Prime Times, Winnipeg Free Press (January 20, 2011)

Features Deborah Schnitzer

"Do not stand idly by."

This is the principle that University of Winnipeg professor Deborah Schnitzer lives by in her work and exemplifies in her life.

A writer, editor, teacher and activist, Schnitzer, 60, has dedicated her career to fostering creative collaborations in activism and art, social change and academics. The author of two books of poetry and two novels, editor of anthologies and contributor to several books, Schnitzer knows how to make things happen. Her vibrant personality, her commitment to justice and her flair for funky clothing make her an unmistakable creative force in the community... more.

"Can you ever really return home?" on CBC Radio One's Cross Country Checkup (August 15, 2010)

Features Mavis Reimer

Host Rita Celli explores the questions: Can you ever go home again? What happened when you tried? Was it everything you hoped for ....or did you make a getaway? Mavis Reimer explains this contradiction in literature: why, generally, adults can't go home but children always must. For more information about this program, click here.

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"The Cambridge Companion to Children's Literature: Value in Kid Lit" on parentcentral.ca (February 14, 2010)

Features Mavis Reimer

For a long time, children's literature wasn't granted the same attention the scholarly world bestowed on so-called "adult" literature – Shakespeare, Austen, Atwood et al. Now children's lit is a respectable academic field of its own. Naturally, some of the more abstract analyses of children's books will reward specialists versed in the terminology of literary criticism. But children's books belong to all of us, and there are some critical works with a scope that reaches out to anyone who has questions to ask of children's literature as a whole. The Cambridge Companion to Children's Literature is one of those books....more

Interview with Sequential Tart: "Supernatural Love" (April 6, 2009)

Features Catherine Tosenberger

In 2006, Sera Gamble, then the Executive Story Editor for Supernatural, described the show to Sequential Tart's Mary Borsellino as "the epic love story of Sam and Dean." Although it's a description she teases show creator Eric Kripke with, it sums up a fundamental element of the show's appeal. Last fall, University of Winnipeg Assistant Professor Catherine Tosenberger used the phrase as the title of her paper on how literary, cultural and folkloric discourses of incest inform both Supernatural and the fan fiction it inspires...more

"Twilight rising" in The Ottawa Citizen (June 8, 2008)

Features Mavis Reimer

Warning: If you have a daughter in her early teens, chances are good she's in love with Edward Cullen. Totally and irretrievably infatuated. Edward is gorgeous, considerate and protective, an all-around romantic. He drives a Volvo. The bad news is that he's a vampire. The good news is that he's a fictional character and rather virtuous, even if he were a real teenage boy. Your daughter would be completely safe with Edward -- he's not after sex because, well, he's a vampire and if he lost control, there would be nothing left of the object of his affections but a bloody smear. Edward is all about control. Move over, Anne Rice, and maybe J.K. Rowling, too. A series written by a Stephenie Meyer, a 34-year-old, Arizona-based, Mormon mother of three whose series about Bella Swan, an ordinary and somewhat clumsy girl who stumbles upon a clan of ethical vampires, is the hottest and most inexplicable thing in young adult fiction, propelled by social networking and word-of-mouth....more