Blog Assignment #1: Discussion questions: Every participant in the seminar will be responsible for generating three or four discussion questions for 2 class sessions (i.e. you will post these questions twice during the semester, not every week). Note that this blog assignment asks you to produce questions, not discursive posts. Your questions can address the primary source, the secondary sources, or a combination of the primary and secondary sources. Let your curiosity guide you here—and try to pose questions that will spark the most open-ended, engaged discussion.
September 7th: Palacio, Wonder
Elizabeth A. Wheeler, “No Monsters in this Fairy Tale: Wonder and the New Children’s Literature.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 38.3 (Fall 2013): 335-350.
September 14th: Tamaki and Tamaki, Skim
Marty Fink, “It Gets Fatter: Graphic Fatness and Resilient Eating in Mariko and Jillian Tamaki’s Skim.” Fat Studies, 2 (2013): 132–146.
Tuesday, September 19th (Thursday schedule): Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Kenneth Kidd, “Queer Theory’s Child and Children’s Literature Studies.” PMLA 126 (2011): 182-188.
Shusterman, Challenger Deep
Maria Nikolajeva, excerpts from Reading for Learning: Cognitive Approaches to Children’s Literature (Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014). Print copy on reserve:
Alexie, Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Bryan Ripley Crandall, “Adding a Disability Perspective When Reading Adolescent Literature: Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” The ALAN Review (Winter 2009): 71-78.
Adrienne Kertzer, “Not Exactly: Intertextual Identity and Risky Laughter in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” Children’s Literature 40 (2012): 49-77.
Roberta Seelinger Trites, “Blending and Cultural Narratives,” in Literary Conceptualizations of Growth (John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014): 55-79.
Angela Johnson, a cool moonlight