Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures


charlie peters

charlie peters


charlie peters is a communications consultant and an independent scholar who teaches courses and does research at the University of Winnipeg, where she has been an editor of Jeunesse and an associate of the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures. charlie's research interests include ontology, nineteenth-century literature, cultures of childhood, and indigeneity. charlie lives at the Cyrk on Young Street, an art house where occasional salons, music concerts, and film festivals are held.


“Can Children Rule?: An Enquiry into Locke’s Ideas of Children and Government,” jointly with Mavis Reimer. Accepted for publication in Where Children Rule, eds. Christopher (Kit) Kelen and Björn Sundmark, forthcoming.

“Girls, Animals, Fear, and the Iterative Force of the National Pack: The Diarists of the Dear Canada Series.” Seriality and Young People’s Texts: The Compulsion to Repeat. Ed. Mavis Reimer, Nyala Ali, Deanna England, and Melanie Dennis Unrau. Houndsmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Print.

“Ignorant and Innocent: The Childs of Common Cultural Discourses,” with Mavis Reimer (first author). Introduction to the Forum on Theorizing Young People. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 3.2 (2011): 88-99.

Courses 2015-2016


ENGL-3160/5-245 (W)


In this course, we will study picture books by indigenous authors in the wider context of picture book studies, more generally. Several of the texts on our book list are accounts of people’s lives, so biography will be a specific focus. We will look closely at two theoretical approaches in particular: ecocriticism and film adaptation. We will also consider the picture books’ engagements with broader cultural frames such as colonization and the residential school system.

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