Wednesday, December 29, 2010
ENGLISH / ENGLISH EDUCATION
Institution:Dixie State College Posted:December 27, 2010Location:UtahEmployment Level:Tenured, tenure trackWebsite:http://www.dixie.eduApplication Deadline:February 7, 2011 Category:English/ literature Employment Status:Full-timeSalary:Not specified Responsibilities:
Â· Develop and teach courses in secondary English education, including methods courses and young adult and children's literature for the DSC English Department's secondary education program.
Â· Work with the education department supervising secondary practicum students and student teachers.
Â· Teach other English and composition courses as needed.
Â· Oversee and conduct outreach efforts for the English program.
Â· Serve on college and departmental committees as assigned.
Â· Attend department, division, and faculty meetings; work with other faculty in program management; and adhere to college policies.
Â· Doctorate degree in English or Education (with a strong emphasis in English education) or an Ed. D. (with a strong emphasis in English education and a Master's degree in English) from a regionally accredited institution.
Â· Extensive education and/or experience in teaching English at the secondary level.
Â· Applicants should show potential for excellence in teaching, research, and service, and should possess strong verbal and written communication skills.
Terms of Contract: Tenure-track (10-month) faculty position. Salary is based on nationally competitive Dixie State College faculty salary schedule. Excellent benefit package.
Application Procedures: Application review begins February 7, 2011, open until filled. Submit a Dixie State College application, cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to: Office of Human Resources, Dixie State College, 225 South 700 East, St. George, UT, 84770. For more information, call (435) 652-7520 or fax (435) 656-4001. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply for this opening, please call Human Resources at (435) 652-7520.
About Dixie State College: Dixie State College is a state-supported four-year college of nearly 9,000 students that is continually expanding its educational offerings and programs. Dixie State College's mission is to help students achieve their academic, career, and life goals, including goals related to basic skills, core content knowledge, and knowledge that broadens and enriches students' lives.
About the Area: St. George, home of Dixie State College, is located 300 miles south of Salt Lake City and 110 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. With an area population of 74,000, St. George is a tourist magnet due to its proximity to such scenic wonders as Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon National Parks, Cedar Breaks and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, and Lakes Powell and Mead. For more information on the area visit: http://www.utahstgeorge.com/
DSC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The College is firmly committed to non-discrimination and affirmative action and it is the policy of the College to strive to afford equal opportunity to qualified individuals, regardless of their religion, race, color, age, disability, gender, Vietnam or disabled veterans status or national origin and to conform to applicable laws and regulations.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
An interesting discussion in the New York Times:
Monday, December 27, 2010
Mary Galbraith offers a provocative interpretation of Chris Van Allsburg's Polar Express in the new issue of Interjuli, a German journal about children's literature. According to Galbraith, The Polar Express can be summarized as "René Magritte journeys to Nuremberg to meet Adolf Hitler."
Other essays by Mary Galbraith:
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
ChLA Newsletter Co-Editor Search
The ChLA Newsletter is a semiannual publication for the members of the Children’s Literature Association. It reports information pertinent to the activities of ChLA, such as ChLA election results and awards, ChLA Board actions, conference information, MLA sessions on children’s literature, and so forth. The Newsletter editor(s) are appointed by the ChLA President, with approval of the ChLA Executive Board, for a 3 year term, renewable with Board approval.
Currently, two editors work together to share the following responsibilities: coordinating with the ChLA Administrator, ChLA President, committee chairs and others to collect information to go into the Newsletter in a timely manner; soliciting and/or writing and editing items that will be published in the newsletter; putting items into standard newsletter format (layout); sending the final version of the newsletter and sending a PDF to the ChLA Administrator for posting to the ChLA website; and reporting to the ChLA Board on newsletter actions taken.
The current newsletter editors’ terms expire in June of 2011; thus, the Association is soliciting ChLA members who would like to serve in this capacity. The new editor(s) will be responsible for producing the Fall 2011 issue. Interested parties should send a letter of interest to the ChLA Board identifying qualifications for the position by January 15, 2011. Letters to the Board may be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to ChLA office.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Last October Jerry Griswold spoke on politics in contemporary children's books in a lecture in Paris titled "When the American Right Gets History Wrong"...
Now the Boston Globe is covering this topic in an essay featuring scholar Michelle Abate:
"Would you like to teach your child about American values this Christmas? You can pick up a copy of “Of Thee I Sing,” the new children’s book by Barack Obama. Or if you prefer, you can pick up a copy of “The Liberal Clause,” in which Obama, Grinch-like in a Santa suit, traduces the Christmastution till he is finally stopped...."
Friday, December 17, 2010
From John Stephens
Emeritus Professor in English
Editor, International Research in Children's Literature
Edinburgh University Press Table of Contents Alert
International Research in Children's Literature
Volume: 3, Number: 2 (Dec 2010)
The above issue is now available online from Edinburgh University Press at:
The table of contents for this issue is listed below. Click on the links below to view the abstract for each article, or click on the link above to read the table of contents online.
Illuminating Ethical Responsibility to Others through Children's Literature
Creating a ‘Masala’ Self: Bicultural Identity in Desi Young Adult Novels
A Sense of (Be)longing in Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing
The Pursuit of Wholeness in Maurice Gee's O Trilogy
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollowness: A Narratological and Ideological Critique of J.K. Rowling's Magical System
Constructions of Death in Young Adult Fantastic Literature
Obsidian Knives and High Tech: Latin America in Contemporary Adventures Stories for Young Adults
Impartiality and Attachment: Ethics and Ecopoeisis in Children's Narrative Texts
Shaking Up Egyptian Children's Literature: The Stories of Muhammad Afifi Matar
Children's Fiction about 9/11: Ethnic, Heroic and National Identities. Jo Lampert. New York: Routledge, 2010. 204 pages USD 93.18 (hardcover).
Fairy Tales Reimagined: Essays on New Retellings. Edited by Susan Redington Bobby. Jefferson: McFarland, 2009. 260 pages. USD 35 (paperback).
Representations of Technology in Science Fiction for Young People. Noga Applebaum. New York: Routledge, 2010. 198 pages. USD 97.41 (hardcover).
Fundamental Concepts of Children's Literature Research: Literary and Sociological Approaches. Hans-Heino Ewers. London and New York: Routledge, 2009. 187 pages. USD 76 (hardback).
Critical Multicultural Analysis of Children's Literature: Mirrors, Windows, and Doors. Maria Jose Botelho and Masha Kabakow Rudman. New York: Routledge, 2009. 376 pages. USD 49.95 (paperback).
Thursday, December 16, 2010
When Random House announced that they would publish President Barack Obama’s children’s book Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters this fall, Mike Luckovich drew an editorial cartoon for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution picturing Republican spokesman Newt Gingrich pointing at the book and observing, “Proof Obama hates adult readers.” As Luckovich’s cartoon comically pointed out, even so simple a thing as the appearance of a children’s book would likely spark reactions from the President’s critics. Indeed, after the book was published, a Fox News forum objected to Obama’s choice of Sitting Bull among the thirteen Americans the book honored; the headline read “Obama Praises Indian Chief Who Defeated U.S. General.” . . .
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The editorial by Mavis Reimer and review essays are also open access.
Articles in this issue include:
• Perry Nodelman's "The Mirror Staged: Images of Babies in Baby Books"
• Caroline de Launay's "La dialectique de l'espace dans Harry Potter: le motif du passage secret"
• Rachel Hendershot Parkin's "Breaking Faith: Disrupted Expectations and Ownership in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga"
• Brian Gibson's "Please, sir, I want some more. . . . Please, sir . . . I want some more": Unhooding Richler's Fang to Find Justice for Oliver Twist and Jacob Two-Two"
Housed in the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures (CRYTC) and produced under the sponsorship of the Associate Vice-President (Research) and the Dean of Arts at the University of Winnipeg, with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures is an interdisciplinary, 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.
More information on how to submit papers and how to subscribe can be found on our website: http://jeunessejournal.ca.
To recommend Jeunesse to your institution's library, download our form here: http://crytc.uwinnipeg.ca/pdf/Jeunesse - JOURNAL LIBRARY RECOMMENDATION FORM.pdf
Larissa Wodtke, MA
Managing Editor, Jeunesse - CCL/LCJ
Research Coordinator, CRYTC
Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures (CRYTC)
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9
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Friday, December 10, 2010
79011, Lviv, Stryiska str., 26/6, Ukraine
Tel. : (032) 275 81 71; (067) 876 97 97; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
II International symposium “Literature. Children. Time”
(1-5 June, 2011, Lviv, Ukraine)
1-5 (5 days) June 2011 in the Western Scientific Centre of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine an international scientific conference "Literature for Children and Youth: other / different, else's / our own children" will take place within the All-Ukrainian project "Literature. Children. Time". The conference arranger - Ukrainian Research Center of Children’s and Youth Literature - invites you to participate in its work.
The main thematic areas:
Historical context of the development of literature for children and youth.
Children's folklore and national poetic creativity for children.
Classics of literature for children and youth.
Modern prose and poetry for children and youth.
Theoretical aspects of the research of literature for children and youth.
Cultural-style systems in the literature for children and youth.
Intertext in the field of the development of literature for children and youth.
Comparative aspects in the study of literature for children and youth.
“News of Ukrainian Literature for Children and youth"; "Translated literature for children and youth: news, recommendations, suggestions, wishes"," Illustration as an implicit part of the text for children and youth", "Reading at school ";" Workshop of textbooks editing”.
Conference languages: Ukrainian, Russian, German and English.
To participate in the conference please send an application by May 1, 2011 addressed to the head of Ivano-Frankivsk branch of Children's and Youth Literature Research Centre Tatiana Kachak at this Internet address: email@example.com
Articles in Proceedings will be accepted for further study by Editorial Board of the Research Collection “Literature. Children. Time” during participants' registration and at e-mail of the Centre: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference fee - 50 euros. Articles publishing – 5 euros/page.
The program of the second International Symposium “Literature. Children. Time" includes literary festival of children's writers.
Supervisors of the conference:
Cand.Phil.Sci., Assoc. Prof. Hnidets Ulyana,
The President of Ukrainian Research Center of Children’s and Youth Literature
Cand.Phil.Sci. , Assoc. Prof. Tatiana Kachak,
The Head of Ivano-Frankivsk branch of Ukrainian Research Center of Children’s and Youth Literature
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Want to come to next year's conference? Stay in touch with SDSU's blog; we'll be announcing it.
Monday, December 6, 2010
C LT 470 FOLK LITERATURE J. GRISWOLD
An examination of fairy tales (e.g. Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella) and ways of understanding them.
ENGL 401 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE P. SERRATO
Children’s literature is an intriguing and fascinating genre. Far more often than not, the picture books, chapter books, pop-up books, and mystery novels typically categorized (if not dismissed) as children’s fare work in complicated ways that are sometimes problematic, frequently brilliant, and always interesting. This semester we will explore some of the amusing, surprising, and even shocking aspects of a number of books for children. As we come face to face with sadistic barbers, spoiled brats, abused dolls, an idiosyncratic redhead, and a shark with some really sharp teeth, we will examine what books like The Secret Garden, Where the Wild Things Are, The Raggedy Ann Stories, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Castaway Pirates are really about. In all honesty, as we delve ever deeper into these and other works, mucking about in their messier elements, you can expect that we will engage ideas and meanings that—hopefully for better but maybe for worse—you would never expect to find in books defined and marketed as literature for children. Granted, for some people, thusly scrutinizing books with which they may have some emotional attachment (e.g., Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight, Moon, Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever, Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree) can be traumatizing. For me, it is a lot of fun and enables a profound appreciation and respect for the genre.
Heinrich Hoffman Struwwelpeter
Robert Munsch Love You Forever
Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree
Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden
Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann Stories
Robert Arthur The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot
Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Gary Paulson Nightjohn
Juan Felipe Herrera Downtown Boy
Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are
Jim Murphy An American Plague
Astrid Lindgren Pippi Longstocking
Mary Downing Hahn The Doll in the Garden
Anthony Brown Voices in the Park
Ray Marshall and Wilson Swain The Castaway Pirates: A Pop-Up Tale of Bad Luck, Sharp Teeth, and Stinky Toes
David Levithan Marly’s Ghost
Rita Williams-Garcia Jumped
ENGL 501 LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN J. GRISWOLD
An introduction to children's literature, featuring fairy tales, novels, and picture books: e.g. The Emperor's New Clothes, Peter Pan, and The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
ENGL 502 ADOLESCENCE IN LITERATURE P. SERRATO
This semester we will survey a broad yet by no means comprehensive swath of literature for and about adolescents. For the sake of some historical perspective, we will begin with Horatio Alger’s Ragged Dick, the Nancy Drew mystery, The Hidden Staircase, and the German drama, Spring’s Awakening. After investigating the (perhaps surprising) nature, politics, and implications of these texts, we will delve into more recent fare. As we proceed through texts such as Monica Sone’s autobiographical Nisei Daughter, Joseph Bruchac’s folktale-inflected horror yarn, Skeleton Man, Laurie Halse Anderson’s historical Forge, and Ron Koertge’s story of an unlikely friendship, Stoner and Spaz, we will plot some of the
multifarious ways that authors have both depicted adolescence and written for adolescents. Our overarching aim is to develop critically and theoretically sophisticated methodologies for examining and understanding the representation of adolescents and adolescence in literature and other media in different historical and cultural contexts.
Requirement: Workload will include assigned reading (of course), plenty of short in-class and out-of-class writing (which will require that you do the reading), two exams, and a paper.
Horatio Alger Ragged Dick
Carolyn Keene The Hidden Staircase
Frank Wedekind Spring’s Awakening: A Children’s Tragedy (Smith & Kraus 1575255138)
Monica Sone Nisei Daughter
Walter Dean Myers Fallen Angels
Juan Felipe Herrea Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box
Neal Shusterman Unwind
Virginia Euwer Wolff Make Lemonade
Francesca Lia Block Weetzie Bat
Ron Koertge Stoner & Spaz
David Levithan Boy Meets Boy
Brian James Zombie Blondes
Joseph Bruchac Skeleton Man
Laurie Halse Ander
ENGL 727 SEMINAR: POETRY AND CHILDHOOD J. THOMAS
In this course we will explore contemporary notions of “the child” and their representations in and correspondences to poetry written for and about young people. Informed by Randall Jarrell’s claim that Modernism is an extension of Romanticism (“End of the Line”) and Charles Bernstein’s related argument that the line between Modernism and Postmodernism is blurrier than generally believed, this course traces the legacies of Romanticism and its constructions of childhood from the early 20th century to the present, exploring the intersections between these constructions and our ideological assumptions about poetry and poetics. We will read widely, engaging the poetry of authors as varied as Joe Brainard (I Remember), John Ciardi (The Reason for the Pelican), T.S. Eliot (Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats), Robert Frost (You Come Too), Lyn Hejinian (My Life), Langston Hughes (The Dream Keeper),
Randall Jarrell (The Bat-Poet), June Jordan (Who Look at Me), Robert Lowell (Life Studies), Theodore Roethke (I am! Says the Lamb), Carl Sandburg (Early Moon), and Gertrude Stein (The World Is Round, To Be, a Book of Alphabets and Birthdays).
Requirement: Students will be responsible for a group presentation, a critical review of a scholarly text pertaining to the course’s subject, and a final project of their design.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
AMERICAN LITERATURE ASSOCIATION
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE SOCIETY
MAY 26-29, 2011
The Children’s Literature Society of the ALA seeks abstracts for two panels on children’s literature for the American Literature Association Conference to be held May 26-29, 2011, at The Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA.
Images, Imagination and Children’s Literature: Graphic Novels and Picture Books through History.
This panel explores the expression of the American imagination through illustrated literature for youth. This interpretation of images and the text that mediates them will deepen our understanding of how the American imagination exists in children’s literary tradition. Papers in this panel investigate uniquely American attributes in graphic novels, picture books and other forms of illustrated literature. Papers may also investigate how defining characteristics of American illustrated literature for youth have influenced or been influenced by literary culture. Papers about influential illustrators are also of interest, as are papers that offer an historical or interpretative overview of the topic.
Please send panel proposals or paper abstracts (250-500 words) by December 30, 2010 to Linda Salem http://email@example.com
Please include academic rank and affiliation and AV requests
Hard copies can also be sent to
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8050
The Digital Worlds of Children’s Literature: From Video Games to the iPad
When Steve Jobs presented the iPad, combining the e-book format with multimedia capabilities, “books” and “reading” were alleged to have changed. But this “change” had already been occurring in the world of children’s new media adaptations and formats The seamless relationship of young people and new media has, in fact, led the MIT Comparative Media Studies website to call the generation entering the 21st century, “generation.com”; and, as New Media critic James Paul Gee affirms, they are the “natives” in this brave new digital world.
Innovation is at the heart of children’s literature. It has a rich tradition of opening new areas both in form and content, and it has been on the cutting edge of the digital revolution. This revolution has been transforming the way we are telling stories and how we read, changing our understanding of authorship, and creating new genres as it influences older ones.
This panel explores the rich, wide-ranging, and multidimensional digital worlds of children’s and young adult literature. This includes new narrative strategies evolving out of video games, children’s literature and educational websites; poetry—the creation of a digital poetics; creative non-fiction and fiction emerging from fan-fic sites and blogging; and new forms of story and picture, text and image, that are arising from new technologies like the iPad, Kindle, and Tablet.
What do these changes, transformations, and new forms tell us about reading—given that in addition to fan-fic sites and blogging, many of the new technologies allow the “reader” to become an “author” of the original text? How are these new forms changing narrative, poetry, and other genres? What shapes are story and poem taking in this new digitalized space?
Please send panel proposals or paper abstracts (250-500 words) by December 30, 2010 to Dorothy G. Clark: Dorothy.firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include academic rank and affiliation and AV requests
Hard copies can also be sent to
Dorothy G. Clark
Dept. of English
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8248
Conference details may be found at the American Literature Association web
American Literature Association Home
Dorothy G. Clark, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Subject Matter Option Advisor
California State University, Northridge
Friday, December 3, 2010
Lang & Lit, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504 http://www.bard.edu/mat/
Faculty in MAT Graduate program 
The Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program is now accepting applications for a faculty position in English literature, teaching at the common campus of the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program and the Paramount Bard Academy (PBA), a charter school serving grades 6-12, in Delano, California. This is a full-time appointment and preference will be given to literature scholars with a specialty in areas that connect to the California State curriculum standards. The MAT Program is committed to rigorous graduate training in biology, English, history, and mathematics; intense involvement in high school/middle school classrooms; partnerships for educational change with participant schools; and a re-conceptualized education curriculum. Courses in education and the student’s discipline are closely integrated in the MAT curriculum with the practical challenges of classroom instruction in a yearlong residency program at PBA and other local schools. In addition, the new PBA campus offers a unique opportunity for graduate and public school faculty and students to contribute to creating a model educational environment, linking theory and practice in the context of the daily operations of the Paramount Bard Academy. For this reason, the MAT program requires a high degree of faculty collaboration, and we seek full-time and part-time faculty who share our commitments. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. and a commitment to preparing high-quality teachers. Teaching begins in June 2011. Applications will be accepted immediately and hiring will be carried out on a rolling basis.
To apply, please send a letter of interest, current CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and names and contact information of three references by email only to email@example.com Please contact Bard’s MAT Program with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-758-7145. Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals who contribute to its diversity. AA/EOE [R]