Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 2021-01-06T13:12:02-06:00 Sarah Olive Open Journal Systems <p><em>Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures</em> is an interdisciplinary, scholar-led, 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, for, and about children and young adults. We welcome articles in both English and French. <em>Jeunesse</em> was formerly <em><a href="">Canadian Children's Literature/Litterature canadienne pour la jeunesse</a></em>.</p> Masthead 2020-12-10T11:03:46-06:00 Lauren Bosc 2020-12-10T10:05:04-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Table of Contents 2020-12-10T11:03:46-06:00 Lauren Bosc 2020-12-10T10:05:43-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Surviving a Pandemic 2020-12-10T11:03:46-06:00 Heather Snell 2020-12-10T10:07:07-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Flourishing in Country: An Examination of Well-Being in Australian YA Fiction 2020-12-10T11:03:46-06:00 Adrielle Britten Brooke Collins-Gearing <p>This article is the result of a collaboration between two academics—one Indigenous and one non-Indigenous—to investigate the representation of Indigeneity in two contemporary YA novels. Melissa Lucashenko’s <em>killing Darcy</em> is narrated by multiple Indigenous and non-Indigenous characters, whereas Clare Atkins’s <em>Nona and Me</em> is told from the perspective of a white character and explores her relationship with an Indigenous community. Cultural identity forms a significant part of well-being, and this article investigates versions of sufficient well-being. It explores how the novels represent flourishing subjects—both Indigenous and non-Indigenous—in the context of Australia as it struggles to come to terms with its colonial past and demonstrates how cognitive mapping replaces damaging colonial assumptions about Indigenous Peoples with a model of overcoming.</p> 2020-12-10T10:30:10-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Board(er) Games: Space, Culture, and Empire in <em>Jumanji</em> and Its Intertexts 2020-12-10T11:03:46-06:00 Samira Nadkarni Aishwarya Subramanian <p>Two recent transmedia narratives—Karuna Riazi’s 2017 middle-grade novel <em>The Gauntlet</em> and the 2017 film <em>Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle</em>—have attempted to reclaim the 1995 film <em>Jumanji</em>’s colonial narrative (adapted from Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 picture book). Both present forms of the “portal fantasy,” in which a protagonist supernaturally breaches the borders of another world. <em>The Gauntlet</em> transports its Muslim Bangladeshi American protagonist to a fantastical board game, whereas <em>Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle</em> reconfigures the genre as multimedia immersive gameplay in a fictional “other” realm. Although these reworkings seemingly destabilize white supremacy by centring multi-ethnic American identities, their negotiations with the board game, itself a product of imperial history and a manifestation of the “gamification” of empire (wherein progress is measured by control of the board) complicate this. The creation of an American neo-colonial nationalism through a system of orientalizing these fantastic spaces (the jungle within the 2017 film and Riazi’s clockwork Islamic city) affirms the need for their control or eventual destruction by the protagonists. This effectively creates cultural borders that extend into these fictional spaces, playing out historical systems of empire in a bid to gain access to neo-empire.</p> 2020-12-10T10:57:20-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures “You Were Born with a Giant Silver Spoon in Your Mouth”: Geography, the Young, and Social Class in Finnish Films in the 2000s 2021-01-06T13:12:02-06:00 Tommi Römpötti <p>In several Finnish films of the 2000s, Finland is portrayed as divided geographically into two parts: the small urban area around Finland’s capital, Helsinki, in the south and the rural areas in the country’s north. This polarization frames conceptualizations of social class, particularly in films that depict young people leaving their homes. <em>Forbidden Fruit</em> (<em>Kielletty hedelmä</em>) and <em>August</em> (<em>Elokuu</em>) are examples of Finnish cinema in the 2000s that negotiate ideas about class and circulate this polarized imagination through geography. Both films depict the young leaving their homes and then clashing with a geographically marked border. The films are analyzed in the context of the neo-liberal success story which defines the ideal subject of contemporary society. The article argues that the cinematic journeys of the young show the power of geography in reproducing class structures.</p> 2020-12-10T10:42:32-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Entering the Chthulucene? Making Kin with the Non-human in Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner’s Starbound Trilogy 2020-12-10T11:03:47-06:00 Alena Cicholewski <p>Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner’s YA Starbound Trilogy takes its readers to a faraway future in which humanity has colonized several foreign planets. This is made possible through the invention of hyperspace travel by engineer and entrepreneur Roderick LaRoux, who—upon discovering that the dimensions affected by this mode of travel are inhabited by a sentient collective consciousness—imprisons and enslaves parts of this consciousness to exploit them to maximize his profits. Throughout the trilogy, six teenage protagonists encounter the imprisoned sentient non-humans (known as “whispers”), form collaborative relationships with them, and eventually set them free. In this article, I argue that while the Starbound Trilogy advocates for multispecies justice through its representation of teenagers who form alliances with non-human beings and stand up to corporate practices exploiting them, the novels ultimately fall short of abandoning their anthropocentric perspective.</p> 2020-12-10T10:20:30-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Shakespeare Criticism and Performance in Children’s Literature: <em>In Summer Light</em> and <em>Becca Fair and Foul</em> 2020-12-10T11:03:47-06:00 Philip Smith <p>In this article, I seek to place Zibby Oneal’s <em>In Summer Light</em> and Diedre Baker’s <em>Becca Fair and Fou</em>l in dialogue with the body of texts that adapt Shakespeare’s works into literature for children. In each of these novels, young women interpret and adapt Shakespeare’s <em>The Tempest</em>. Both texts are self-reflexive adaptations; the stories themselves resonate thematically and geographically with <em>The Tempest</em>, and yet both are overtly conscious of the process and politics of adaptation containing, as they do, characters who interpret and critique Shakespeare’s text.</p> 2020-12-10T10:33:59-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Whose Research Is It? Reflection on Participatory Research with Women and Girls with Disabilities in the Global South 2021-01-06T13:01:30-06:00 Xuan Thuy Nguyen <p>Drawing on the Transforming Disability Knowledge, Research, and Activism project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2016-2020), this article critically reflects on the project’s participatory research process that involved young women and girls with disabilities in the Global South. I discuss epistemological and methodological questions related to the deployment of decolonizing research methodologies in the Global South in relation to theoretical and methodological approaches for engaging girls with disabilities. I argue that a critical, reflexive, and decolonizing research approach that embodies knowledge from the Global South is essential for empowering these girls to express themselves through multiple forms of representation.</p> 2020-12-10T10:27:14-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Case Studies of the Child’s Perspective 2020-12-10T11:03:47-06:00 Lois Burke <p>Review of:</p> <p>Moruzi, Kristine, Nell Musgrove, and Carla Pascoe Leahy, editors. <em>Children’s Voices from the Past: New Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives</em>. Palgrave, 2019.</p> <p class="bookreviewlist" style="margin-left: 36.0pt; text-indent: -36.0pt; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman',serif;" lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> 2020-12-10T10:15:34-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Cameras and Constructs and Cancels, Oh My! Thinking Through Youth and Celebrity 2020-12-10T11:03:48-06:00 Maria Alberto <p>Review of:</p> <p>Duvall, Spring-Serenity, editor. <em>Celebrity and Youth: Mediated Audiences, Fame Aspirations, and Identity Formation</em>. Peter Lang Inc., 2019.</p> <p>Lyga, Barry, and Morgan Baden. <em>The Hive.</em> Kids Can Press, 2019.</p> <p>Reid, Raziel. <em>Kens. </em>Penguin Teen, 2018.</p> <p>Gershowitz, Jordan, and Sandhya Prabhat (illustrator). <em>Ignore the Trolls. </em>Pow! Kids Books, 2019.</p> 2020-12-10T10:15:05-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Posthumanism, Parenting, and Agency: A Review of Naomi Morgenstern’s <em>Wild Child</em> 2020-12-10T11:03:48-06:00 Jen Harrison <p>Review of:</p> <p>Morgenstern, Naomi. <em>Wild Child: Intensive Parenting and Posthumanist Ethics. </em>U of Minnesota P, 2018.</p> 2020-12-10T10:49:28-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Youth Agency and Ideology: <em>La Movida</em> and the Demise of the Francoist Regime 2020-12-10T11:03:48-06:00 Julia Lin Thompson <p>Review of:</p> <p>Valencia-García, Louie Dean.<em> Antiauthoritarian Youth Culture in Francoist Spain: Clashing with Fascism</em>. Bloomsbury, 2018.</p> 2020-12-10T10:44:55-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Navigating Precarities: Agency, Intergenerational Care, and Counter-Narratives among Indigenous Migrant Youth 2020-12-10T11:03:48-06:00 Diane Nititham <p>Review of:</p> <p>Heidbrink, Lauren. <em>Migranthood: Youth in a New Era of Deportation. </em>Stanford UP, 2020.</p> 2020-12-10T10:08:51-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Integration and Inequality: Mid-1900s Midwest American History, As Told by Modern Youth Literature 2020-12-10T11:03:48-06:00 Heather J. Matthews <p>Review of:</p> <p>Cline-Ransome, Lesa. <em>Finding Langston.</em> Holiday House, 2018.</p> <p>Cline-Ransome, Lesa. <em>Leaving Lymon. </em>Holiday House, 2020.</p> <p>Cutler, Jane. <em>Susie Q Fights Back</em>. Holiday House, 2018.</p> 2020-12-10T10:17:09-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures About <em>Jeunesse</em> 2020-12-10T11:03:48-06:00 Lauren Bosc 2020-12-10T10:04:25-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures