21 September 2010

Simon Fraser University (BC)

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"What Children's Literature Tells Us" A new look on Aboriginal politics and aesthetics

When Clare Bradford took up an academic position, which involved teaching children's literature, she quickly realized that texts for children propose and advocate values, politics and social practices. She realized, too, that scholars developing new fields of study (like children's literature) must work strategically so as to build the standing of research in their chosen areas, and to demonstrate its significance in addressing contemporary questions. In this lecture Clare Bradford talks about children's books and what they tell us about the cultures and times in which they are produced, with an emphasis on the politics and aesthetics of Aboriginal children's literature. Using examples of historical and contemporary texts she shows how books for children address questions about colonization and its consequences, about global politics, and about childhood itself. She reflects on her own experience as a scholar in Australian and Canadian university settings.

Who? Professor Clare Bradford, University of Winnipeg/Deakin University, Australia, 2009 Visiting Trudeau Fellow

When? September 21, 2010, 7-9 p.m., followed by a reception

Where? Simon Fraser University, Segal Graduate School of Business Building, Room 1300-1500; Vancouver Campus