Environmental Heroism and the Power of Storytelling in the Novels and Papers of Brian Doyle: “The Infinite Family of Organisms”

  • Julia Anderson Boyd
Keywords: Doyle, Brian, Groundwood Books Papers, Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books, ecocriticism, environmental justice, ecopedagogy, ecoliteracy, ecopoesis

Abstract

Brian Doyle’s much-noted emphasis on environment provides a rich entry-point into his multi-award-winning corpus. Young protagonists’ bonds with nature resonate throughout Doyle’s work, especially as they mature into community leaders exploring eco-social justice. This paper maps Doyle’s developing engagement with environmental and ecosocial justice themes through research in the Brian Doyle Fonds and Groundwood Books Fonds, archives that provide invaluable but as-of-yet underutilized resources for scholars of Canadian children’s literature. It argues that Doyle’s novels develop a vision of interpenetrated social and environmental justice rooted in children’s empowerment as artistic creators and community leaders.

Author Biography

Julia Anderson Boyd

Julia Anderson Boyd graduated with an M. A. in English from the University of Toronto in 2014 and is currently preparing for Ph.D. research. A recipient of numerous academic awards, including two Governor General’s medals for outstanding academic achievement, Julia is passionately dedicated to exploring literature and social/ecological justice movements, with a focus on interdisciplinary curriculum and sustainable non-violent cultural development.

Published
2017-01-30
How to Cite
Anderson Boyd, J. (2017). Environmental Heroism and the Power of Storytelling in the Novels and Papers of Brian Doyle: “The Infinite Family of Organisms”. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 8(2). Retrieved from http://jeunessejournal.ca/index.php/yptc/article/view/292
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