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Anne Rusnak

Retired Instructor III

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Anne Rusnak
Modern Languages and Literatures
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9
Canada

Anne Rusnak

Biography

I first became interested in Francophone adolescent literature as I researched the theme of the quest in early 20th century French literature while preparing my Master's thesis in French. Amongst the archetypal images of humankind, the theme of the quest is fundamental. Who was this hero presented to adolescents and young adults and what was their quest? My interest in the hero and their evolution in children's and adolescent literature of the 20th century became the topic of my thesis for my DEA in Bordeaux, France. Upon my return to Canada in the late 1980s, my focus turned to Francophone children's literature published in Canada. I was struck by the phenomenal expansion of children's book publishing in Quebec, which accounted for 97% of all the literature published in French in Canada. A literature that was almost non-existent in the late 1960s and early 1970s was now rich, abundant and diversified. Who was this hero presented to Québécois children and adolescents after the Quiet Revolution? This led me to become interested in the politics of children's and adolescent literature.

My research has taken me to the National Library of Canada in Ottawa, the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec in Montreal as well as the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris where I am now analysing the narrative patterns of Francophone adolescent and children's novels published in France and comparing them to the patterns I have studied in Canada. You can find out more about what I have discovered about the politics of Francophone Canadian children's literature in FREN-2681/3 Children's Literature of French Canada.

Recipient of the Clifford J. Robson Award for Excellence in Teaching (1986), Co-Recipient of the Frances E. Russell Award for Research in Canadian Children's Literature (1999).

Degrees received

  • D.E.A., Université de Bordeaux III (1987)
  • M.A. University of Manitoba (1984)
  • B.A. (Honours) (First Class Honours), University of Winnipeg (1977)

Current research areas

  • Narrative patterns of Francophone children's and adolescent literature published in France in the late 20th century

Featured Publications

  • Le home: un espace privilégié en littérature de jeunesse québécoise. Home Words: Discourses of Children's Literature in Canada. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2008. 51-66.

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  • Littérature? canadienne? pour la jeunesse? Canadian Children's Literature/ Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 32.1 (Spring 2006): 5-7. Link
  • Children's Literature in French. The Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. W.H. New, editor. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002. 201-203.

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  • The Representation of Home in Canadian Children's Literature/La représentation du chez-soi dans la littérature de jeunesse canadienne. Canadian Children's Literature/ Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 100/101 (Winter 2000/Spring 2001): 9-46. Jointly with Mavis Reimer. Link

Publications

  • Le home: un espace privilégié en littérature de jeunesse québécoise. Home Words: Discourses of Children's Literature in Canada. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2008. 51-66.

    Find this book in the UW library

  • Jeunesse. Canadian Children's Literature/ Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 34.2 (Fall 2008): 5-6. Link
  • (Ré)écriture pour la jeunesse. Canadian Children's Literature/ Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 34.1 (Spring 2008): 17-18. Link
  • Valorisation de la littérature pour la jeunesse. Canadian Children's Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 33.2 (Fall 2007): 17-18. Link
  • Au-delà des frontières. Canadian Children's Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 33.1 (Spring 2007): 1-3. Link
  • Regard sur l'image. Canadian Children's Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 32.2 (Fall 2006): 14-15. Link
  • Littérature? canadienne? pour la jeunesse? Canadian Children's Literature/ Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 32.1 (Spring 2006): 5-7. Link
  • Joignez-vous à notre discussion! Canadian Children's Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 31.2 (Fall 2005) : 20-21. Link
  • Aube nouvelle pour la CCL/LCJ. Canadian Children's Literature / Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 31.1 (Spring 2005): 19-21. Link
  • Romans de jeunesse. Canadian Literature 184 (Spring 2005): 123-126. Link
  • Présentation: Listes, secrets, propriétés et peurs. Canadian Children's Literature/Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 109-110 (Spring-Summer 2003): 10-11. Link
  • Children's Literature in French. The Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. W.H. New, editor. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002: 201-203.

    Find this book in the UW library

  • The Representation of Home in Canadian Children's Literature/La représentation du chez-soi dans la littérature de jeunesse canadienne. Canadian Children's Literature/ Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse 100/101 (Winter 2000/Spring 2001): 9-46. Jointly with Mavis Reimer. Link
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