Reading Schedule

Reading Schedule:

August 31st: Thomas, The Hate U Give

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.

 September 21st:

Class cancelled as per academic calendar

September 28th:

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:

“What is Cognitive Criticism and what’s in it for children’s literature research?”: 1-20.

“Knowledge of Self”: 141-154.

“How to read a children’s book and why:” 225-228.

October 5th:

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.

October 12th:

Roderick McGillis, “Humour and the body in children’s literature,” in The Cambridge Companion to Children’s Literature, Edited by M. O. Grenby and Andrea Immel (Cambridge University Press, 2009): 258-271.

October 19th:

Roberta Seelinger Trites, “Blending and Cultural Narratives,” in Literary Conceptualizations of Growth (John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014): 55-79.

Angela Johnson, a cool moonlight

You might be interested in reading the other primary sources she uses, including:

Monica Hughes, Keeper of the Isis Light; Neal Shusterman, Unwind; Boori Monty Pryor, Njunjul the Sun.

 Keeper of the Isis Light was a really important childhood book for me; I met Monica Hughes several times when I was growing up in Fort McMurray, Alberta (she lived in Edmonton, Alberta and some of her books were inspired by Edmonton and also the Canadian north). I interviewed her for the collection I co-edited with Elaine Ostry, Utopian and Dystopian Writing for Young Adults.