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.
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).
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.
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.
Rescheduled to meet with Karl Steel’s class: Derrida, The Animal That Therefore I Am. Details pending.
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]:
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
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]
Works in Progress Session II