Reading Schedule

Reading and Assignment Schedule:

Feb 2nd :

Lori Gruen, “Introduction” to Critical Terms for Animal Studies.  University of Chicago, 2018: 1-14.

Lisa Rowe Fraustino, “The Rights and Wrongs of Anthropomorphism in Picture Books,” in Ethics in Children’s Literature, ed. Claudia Mills. Taylor & Francis, 2014: 145-162.

Feb 9th:

Leslie Bow, “Racial Abstraction and Species Difference: Anthropomorphic Animals in ‘Multicultural’ Children’s Literature,”  American Literature 191 (2) (June 2019):  323–356.

“The CCBC’s Diversity Statistics: A Conversation with Kathleen T. Horning,”  The Horn Book (March 27, 2017).

Feb 16th:

Keywords exercise, with Critical Terms for Animal Studies.  In partnership with Karl Steel’s class “Little Beasts” (via zoom during our regular class time).

Feb 23rd [in-person]:

Tess Cosslett, “Animal Autobiographies,” in Talking Animals in British Children’s Fiction, 1786-1914.  Ashgate, 2006: 63-93.

Ursula K. LeGuin, “Cheek by Jowl: Animals in Children’s Literature” [2004 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture, April 2, 2004].  Children and Libraries (Summer/ Fall 2004): 20-30.

Anna Sewell, Black Beauty: His Grooms and Companions: The Autobiography of a Horse.  Translated from the Original Equine by Anna Sewell.  London: Jarrold and Sons, 1877:

March 2nd [in-person]:

Saunders, Beautiful Joe, ed Chez, with attention to the appendices and introduction as well.

Articles from Childhood and Pethood: New Perspectives on Childhood Studies and Animal Studies, edited by Anna Feuerstein, Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo (Routledge, 2017):

Monica Flegel, “Children and Animal ‘Pets,’” xiii-xix.

Kenneth Kidd, “On Childhood Studies and Human Exceptionalism,” xix-1.

Anna Feuerstein and Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo, “Introduction: The Cultural Politics of Childhood and Pethood,” 1-20.

Roxanne Harde, “’Doncher be too sure of that!’: Children, Dogs, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps’s Early Posthumanism,” BookBird 53.1 (2015): 10-23.

March 9th [in-person]:

Brigitte Fielder, “’No Rights That Any Body is Bound to Respect:’ Pets, Race, and African American Child Readers,” Who Writes for Black Children?  African American Children’s Literature before 1900, ed. Katharine Capshaw.  University of Minnesota Press, 2017: 164-181.

Brigitte Fielder, “’As the Crow Flies’: Black Children, Flying Africans, and Fantastic Futures in The Brownies’ Book.”  The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 14. 3 (Fall 2021): 413-436.

March 16th:

Hugh Lofting, The Story of Doctor Doolittle:

Sara L. Schwebel and Jocelyn Van Tuyl, “The Newbery Medal is 100.  It’s Smuggled Some Real Duds Onto Our Library Shelves” (January 22nd, 2022):

John Clement Ball, “Max’s Colonial Fantasy: Rereading Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are,Ariel: A Review of International English Literature 28.1 (January 1997): 167-179.

March 23rd:

Rescheduled to meet with Karl Steel’s class: Derrida, The Animal That Therefore I Am.  Details pending.

March 30th:

E. B. White, Charlotte’s Web [any edition will do].

Amy Ratelle, “Ethics and Edibility in Charlotte’s Web,” The Lion and the Unicorn 38.3 (September 2014): 327-341.

April 6th [in-person]:

Roxanne Harde, “’He called their namesakes, the animals, from each direction’: Kinship and Animals in Indigenous Children’s Literature,”  Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 46.3 (Fall 2021): 230-243.

Van Camp and Littlechild, A Man Called Raven.

“Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection,” various contributors, edited by Matt Dembicki.

April 13th [in-person]:

Pennypacker, Pax.

Gail Melson, “Reaching across the Divide,” Why the Wild Things Are (Harvard UP, 2001): 22-44.

Carmen Kynard, “Black Girlhood Stories: Outsmarting Every Fox!”

McKissack and Isadora, Flossie and the Fox.

April 20th: Spring Recess

April 27th:

Works in Progress Session I

May 3rd (date may change based on availability of Karl Steel’s seminar participants):

Academic and professional opportunities in critical animal studies [journals, fora, conferences, etc]

May 11th:

Works in Progress Session II