Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 2018-09-16T01:42:35-05:00 Heather Snell Open Journal Systems <p><em>Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures</em> is an interdisciplinary, refereed academic journal whose mandate is to publish research on, and to provide a forum for discussion about cultural productions for, by, and about young people. Our scope is international; while we have a special interest in Canada, we welcome submissions concerning all areas and cultures. We are especially interested in the cultural functions and representations of “the child.” This can include children’s and young adult literature and media; young people’s material culture, including toys; digital culture and young people; historical and contemporary constructions, functions, and roles of “the child” and adolescents; and literature, art, and films by children and young adults. We welcome articles in both English and French. <em>Jeunesse</em> was formerly <em><a href="">Canadian Children's Literature/Littérature canadienne pour la jeunesse</a></em>.</p> Masthead 2018-09-15T18:37:13-05:00 Lauren Bosc 2018-09-15T18:37:13-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Table of Contents 2018-09-15T18:39:43-05:00 Lauren Bosc 2018-09-15T18:39:43-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## To Be, or Not to Be an Adult, That Is the Question 2018-09-15T18:57:40-05:00 Heather R. Snell 2018-09-15T18:57:40-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Troubling the Image-Work of Children in the Age of the Viral Child: Re-Working the Figure of the Child 2018-09-15T19:06:04-05:00 Bryoni Trezise <p>This article works toward an expanded reading of the viral child by beginning with the “origin” example of the 2007 viral video known as “Charlie Bit My Finger—Again!” In drawing on theatrical as well as sociological histories of the “priceless” child, it thinks through the evolution of the scriptive, performative, and economic dimensions of children and young people’s material and digital media cultures. It argues that the kinds of capital produced by the digital circulation of images of children and young people, as well as the kinds of labour—immaterial, affective, temporal—that those images exploit, reproduce, and transgress both hyperbolize and trouble the increasingly economized cultures of subjectivity and temporality that are experienced by children today.</p> 2018-09-15T19:06:04-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Selfish Giants and Child Redeemers: Refiguring Environmental Hope in Oscar Wilde’s and Clio Barnard’s <em>The Selfish Giant</em> 2018-09-15T19:01:22-05:00 Kyo Maclear <p>In this paper, I explore how stories of lost and broken worlds have been tied to hopes about the redemptive possibilities of a new generation. I historicize and complicate the idea of children as environmental stewards of an imagined planetary future. I investigate the issue further by examining the particular figure of the child redeemer and our “investment in the image of the child as a sign of the future, as defence against loss of significance in the world” (Lebeau 179). Oscar Wilde’s&nbsp;<em>The Selfish Giant</em>&nbsp;and Clio Barnard’s recent film adaptation of Wilde’s book will be the objects of&nbsp;my discussion. Barnard’s film, set in the post-industrial landscape of Bradford, England, offers child protagonists who unsettle the familiar fantasy of redemption and invite us to think past sentimental and nostalgic arguments for ecological preservation (premised on preserving an unjust world as it is). While it is important not to topple the myth of childhood innocence only to resurrect another myth of childhood agency, I am interested in these moments of refusal and how they point to the limits of a sentimental ecology.</p> 2018-09-13T23:35:18-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Traumatic Geographies: Mapping the Violent Landscapes Driving YA Rape Survivors Indoors in Laurie Halse Anderson’s <em>Speak</em>, Elizabeth Scott’s <em>Living Dead Girl</em>, and E. K. Johnston’s <em>Exit, Pursued by a Bear</em> 2018-09-15T19:15:03-05:00 Amber Moore <p>The rape of the land and of women has long been connected in literature and across cultures (Phillips). Young Adult (YA) sexual assault narratives are growing increasingly popular, and the location of attacks in such stories is significant, such as when rape is depicted in nature, because, in reality, much sexual violence occurs in the private sphere (Kerber)—the home (Altrows). Using an ecofeminist lens and conceptions regarding the treatment of sexual violence&nbsp;in children’s and YA literature (Marshall, “Stripping”; “Girlhood”), this paper examines&nbsp;<em>Speak</em>&nbsp;(Anderson),&nbsp;<em>Living Dead </em><em>Girl</em>&nbsp;(Scott), and&nbsp;<em>Exit, Pursued by a Bear</em>&nbsp;(Johnston), which all set rape scenes outdoors. When individuals are violated in outdoor spaces, these sites can come to hold traumatic memories, prompting a shift in survivors’ relationships with the outdoors. For the protagonists in all three novels examined here, outdoor spaces come to represent pain, and so a critical consideration of the setting of sexual assault in these stories—particularly spaces with land, trees, and water—is warranted.</p> 2018-09-15T19:15:03-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Missing B Word: Compulsory Binarization and Bisexual Representation in Children’s Literature 2018-09-15T18:59:46-05:00 Jennifer Coletta <p>This project uses some LGBTQ youth’s social media posts and Allison Weir’s framework for identification-with identity politics to analyze and evaluate bisexual representation in YA literature. The essay posits that bisexual characters are often erased in literature because of common stereotypes and what the author calls “compulsory binarization,” or the assumption that a character is either gay or straight unless otherwise labelled. To combat this, the essay suggests that a superb bisexual YA novel first include a clear naming of bisexuality within the text; in addition, effective bisexual representation should challenge normative binaries and stereotypes.</p> 2018-09-13T22:50:13-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Good Vampires Don’t Eat: Anorexic Logic in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series 2018-09-15T19:19:57-05:00 Emma Dunn <p>This paper argues that the convergence of post-feminist and Victorian values in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels perpetuate a logic of anorexia. Drawing on a selection of fan fiction in which young female authors rewrite Bella’s character as anorexic, this paper further argues that through fan fiction, young authors gain agency in making explicit the anorexic logic that is central to the canon texts and to mainstream girlhood as a whole; however, as each author negotiates her conflicting position as critic and subject of post-feminist culture, her narrative epitomizes the complex and contradictory nature of anorexic ideology itself.</p> 2018-09-15T19:19:57-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## De la promoción de la lectura al arte de la hospitalidad / Promoting Readership and the Art of Hospitality 2018-09-16T01:18:30-05:00 Daniel Goldin Halfon Michèle Petit Evelyn Arizpe <p>N/A</p> 2018-09-16T01:18:29-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Refusing the Role, Embracing the Hole 2018-09-16T01:23:37-05:00 Joshua Whitehead <p>Review of:</p> <p>Allan, Jonathan A. <em>Reading from Behind: A Cultural Analysis of the Anus,</em> U of Regina P, 2016.</p> 2018-09-16T01:23:37-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Envious Virgins and Adolescent Sexuality: The (Un)Importance of the Hymen in Virginity Studies 2018-09-16T01:27:08-05:00 Deanna England <p>Review of:</p> <p>Allan, Jonathan A., et al., editors.&nbsp;<em>Virgin Envy: The Cultural (in)Significance of the Hymen</em>. U of Regina P, 2016.</p> <p>Flynn, Laurie Elizabeth.&nbsp;<em>Firsts: A Novel</em>. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2015.</p> <p>Rosin, Lindsey.&nbsp;<em>Cherry</em>. Simon Pulse, 2016.</p> <p>Silvera, Adam.&nbsp;<em>History Is All You Left Me</em>. Soho Teen, 2017.</p> 2018-09-16T01:27:08-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Questioning, Debating, and Problematizing Agency in Childhood Studies Research 2018-09-16T01:30:25-05:00 Kaitlynn Weaver <p>Review of:</p> <p>Esser, Florian, Meike S. Baader, Tanja Betz, and Beatrice Hungerland, editors. <em>Reconceptualising Agency and Childhood: New Perspectives in Childhood Studies,</em> Routledge, 2016.</p> 2018-09-16T01:30:25-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Imagination and Inquiry: Creative Approaches to Encouraging Literacy Development 2018-09-16T01:34:01-05:00 Karen Magro <p>Review of:</p> <p>Murris, Karin. <em>The Posthuman Child: Educational Transformation through Philosophy with Picturebooks</em>. Routledge, 2016.</p> 2018-09-16T01:34:01-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## <em>De l’impuissance à l’autonomie</em> à l’intersection des luttes pour les droits linguistiques et de la littérature pour enfants 2018-09-16T01:37:30-05:00 Samantha Cook <p>Review of:</p> <p>Poliquin, Laurent. <em>De l’impuissance à l’autonomie : évolution culturelle et enjeux identitaires des minorités canadiennes-françaises</em>. Prise de parole, 2017.</p> 2018-09-16T01:37:30-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Moving Forward in Remembering a Truthful Past 2018-09-16T01:41:15-05:00 Catherine Appleton <p>Review of:</p> <p>Arato, Rona. <em>The Ship to Nowhere: On Board the Exodus.</em> Second Story, 2016.</p> <p>Kacer, Kathy, and Jordana Lebowitz. <em>To Look a Nazi in the Eye: A Teen’s Account of a War Criminal Trial.</em> Second Story, 2017.</p> 2018-09-16T01:41:15-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## About <em>Jeunesse</em> 2018-09-16T01:42:35-05:00 Lauren Bosc 2018-09-16T01:42:35-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##