Friday, March 12, 2010

Child Lit & Environment (Toronto Conference)

Children's Literature and the Environmental Imagination symposium held earlier this month at the University of Toronto's Trinity College. Speakers included renowned Harvard professor Lawrence Buell, who literally wrote the book on the matter of how literature represents the natural environment in his 1996 work The Environmental Imagination: Thoreau, Nature Writing and the Formation of American Culture, but this was the first time he had focused on children's literature specifically, he said. He and the other panelists—authors M.T. Anderson, David Almond, Susan Cooper, Sarah Ellis, Tim Wynne-Jones, and environmental journalist Marguerite Holloway—seemed to generally agree that while no one book is likely to change the world, children's literature can have a significant impact...

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