Call for Papers: 2019 ChLA Diversity Committee’s Annual Sponsored Panel on “Intersectional Approaches to Activism and Social Equity in Children’s and Young Adult Literature”

Call for Papers: 2019 ChLA Diversity Committee’s Annual Sponsored Panel Children’s Literature Association Conference June 13-15, 2019 Indianapolis, Indiana Intersectional Approaches to Activism and Social Equity in Children’s and Young Adult Literature To what extent can children’s and young adult literature push readers to acknowledge and advocate for more democratic and egalitarian ways of existing … Continue reading Call for Papers: 2019 ChLA Diversity Committee’s Annual Sponsored Panel on “Intersectional Approaches to Activism and Social Equity in Children’s and Young Adult Literature”

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Call for Papers: Research on Diversity in Youth Literature 2.1 – Special Issue on Queer Futurities in Youth Literature

  Call for Papers: Research on Diversity in Youth Literature 2.1 - Special Issue on Queer Futurities in Youth Literature RDYL 2.1 will be guest edited by Dr. Angel Daniel Matos (San Diego State University) and Dr. Jon Michael Wargo (Boston College). RYDL is a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal hosted by St. Catherine University’s Master … Continue reading Call for Papers: Research on Diversity in Youth Literature 2.1 – Special Issue on Queer Futurities in Youth Literature

A Quick Update

Hello readers! I hope all has been well, and I hope you've been having a relaxing and/or productive summer. I'm writing this post to give you a few quick updates! First and foremost, I completed my one-year postdoctoral fellowship at Bowdoin College in June. I had an absolutely wonderful time researching and teaching there. My … Continue reading A Quick Update

Course Syllabus: Queer Young Adult Literature

Hello readers! So, I'm finally teaching one of my dream courses, and it's one that I've been anxious to teach for quite some time! Click here to access the syllabus that I've designed for an intermediate seminar that I’m currently teaching at Bowdoin College. The seminar is entitled Queer Young Adult Literature, and it is currently offered under Bowdoin’s … Continue reading Course Syllabus: Queer Young Adult Literature

Course Syllabus: Young Adult Speculative Fiction

Hello readers! As promised, here is the syllabus for a seminar that I'm currently teaching at Bowdoin College. The seminar is entitled (Im)Possible Lives: Young Adult Speculative Fiction, and it is currently offered under Bowdoin's English Department and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program. The course description is as follows: How do wizards, monsters, cyborgs, and … Continue reading Course Syllabus: Young Adult Speculative Fiction

Developing a Course on Metafictional Young Adult Literature

During the past couple of weeks, I've been working on developing various literature courses, including a course on the metafictional turn in contemporary young adult literature. As of now, I have entitled the course Book-Ception: The Metafictional Turn in Young Adult Literature. For those of you who are confused about the title, -Ception is a … Continue reading Developing a Course on Metafictional Young Adult Literature

Course Syllabus for “The Young Adult Novel” – University of Notre Dame

Here is the syllabus for a course that I designed on the Young Adult Novel. I will teach this course during the fall 2014 semester at the University of Notre Dame. I'm very excited about this course for various reasons--mostly because I finally get to teach the texts that I work with and that I love. This course is … Continue reading Course Syllabus for “The Young Adult Novel” – University of Notre Dame

Ellen Wittlinger’s [Parrotfish]: A Transgender Coming-Out Novel

What made a person male or female, anyway? The way they looked? The way they acted? The way they thought? Their hormones? Their genitals? What if some of those attributes pointed in one direction and some in the other? - Ellen Wittlinger, Parrotfish (p. 131) Although Julie Anne Peters' Luna was the first young adult text to tackle … Continue reading Ellen Wittlinger’s [Parrotfish]: A Transgender Coming-Out Novel

Structure and Development in Mark Haddon’s [The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time]

The publication history of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the God in the Night-Time (2003) is indeed very curious, mostly because it was deliberately marketed as both a children's book and an adult novel. This leads me to invoke a pressing issue among scholars and readers who are concerned with narratives of youth: is it possible, nowadays, … Continue reading Structure and Development in Mark Haddon’s [The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time]