University of Winnipegccl

CCL, no. 115-116, Fall-Winter 2004


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Past, Present, Future

Editorial / Présentation

Past, Present, Future / Marie C. Davis [7-10]

A Fond Farewell / Mary Henley Rubio [11-13]

La CCL/LCJ, de Guelph à Winnipeg / Daniel Chouinard [14-15]


Uncanny Encounters: Home and Belonging in Canadian Picture Books / Kerry Mallan [17-31]

    Abstract: This paper considers Freud's notion of the uncanny in relation to a selection of Canadian picture books that look at stories of immigration. The discussion considers how each of the female protagonists experiences the uncanny as she adjusts to life in Canada and comes to terms with her sense of difference and longing. By taking an uncanny reading of the texts, ideas of home, identity, and belonging are unsettled in ways that invite readers to reconsider how the texts under discussion engage with these concepts.

A Monochromatic Mosaic: Class, Race, and Culture in Double-Focalized Canadian Novels for Young People / Perry Nodelman [28-56]

    Abstract: Continuing an investigation of Canadian novels for children and young people with alternating narrations focalized through two main characters, described in an article published in Canadian Children's Literature in 2003, this present article focuses on texts that make questions of class, race, and ethnicity explicit and centrally thematic. These novels confirm a tendency found in the texts explored earlier to affirm and celebrate acceptance of class, racial, and ethnic difference, but to do so in ways that actually undermine tolerance and legislate conformity. In addition, a group of texts that describe immigrants learning to cope with life in Canada offer a shared vision of the history of their life elsewhere as that which must be remembered, but remembered most significantly as over and opposite to life in Canada now. These novels then establish for their characters a sense of themselves as Canadians formed specifically in opposition to their former lives elsewhere and thus requiring continuing remembrance of that defining other. This article suggests that the shared characteristics of the novels under discussion resonate significantly in terms of widespread Canadian ideas about multiculturalism. One novel originally published in French in Quebec contradicts the patterns found in the English-language texts, suggesting that the values affirmed in the books under discussion represent specifically English-Canadian views.

Child Heroes of the Working Class: Working-Class Tales for Youth in Nineteenth-Century Canada / Jean Stringam [61-80]

    Abstract: This essay, the second in a series, examines short adventure fiction by and about Canada and Canadians published in popular U.S. and British periodicals for youth between 1870 and 1914. While similar tales have often been analyzed from colonialist and imperialist perspectives, the unfamiliar stories in this collection reveal much about imbedded societal beliefs and value systems that speak directly to working-class ideology. These stories provide evidence that the values considered self-evident to middle-class authors, readers, educators, and social reformers were questionable, if not antithetical, to the values of the working-class people who form the subject of many of the tales. A double focalization of class voice occurs in these stories in ways that make a reconsideration of class perceptions and allegiances essential.

Traditional Fantasy and the Nineteenth-Century Canadian Short Adventure Tale: Working-Class Tales for Youth in Nineteenth-Century Canada / Jean Stringam [81-104]

    Abstract: This essay, the third in a series, examines short adventure fiction by and about Canada and Canadians published in popular U.S. and British periodicals for youth between 1870 and 1914. While the more fully-developed stories in this group rightly take their place alongside short stories the world over, the simpler tales demonstrate pre-literate qualities found in all folk literature. Print media simply saved the variants at a time when the oral tradition was inoperable in Canada due to proximity and increased literacy. The following study examines these variants against folktale patterns in terms of setting, characterization, plot, theme, and in context with well-known categories of folk literature such as fables, noodlehead tales, tall tales, and fairy tales.

The Jewish Experience in Canadian Children's Literature / Judith Saltman [105-43]

    Abstract: This survey considers the categories, trends, and patterns of the Jewish experience as depicted in Canadian children's literature. It traces the historical development and types of fiction, picture books, folklore, and poetry published in Canada with Jewish themes, elements, and characters. It also assesses the extent to which Canadian children's books with Jewish content reflect Canadian Jewish identity and experience, and if any differences exist between American and Canadian children's books with a Jewish presence. The annotated bibliography includes books by both Jewish and non-Jewish writers and illustrators that address aspects of Jewish culture, history, characters, and themes.

A Select Bibliography of Canadian Picture Books for Children by Aboriginal Authors / Paul DePasquale and Doris Wolf [144-59]

    Abstract: This select bibliography is a sampling of the comprehensive descriptive bibliography of children's and young adult books by Aboriginal authors published since 1967 which the authors have been working on since 2002 and are close to completing. This present bibliography focuses on the front and back lists of seven publishers that publish Canadian Aboriginal children's literature, three of which are Aboriginal publishers and the remaining four general and/or mainstream publishers. By including only authors who self-identify as Aboriginal, this resource stands apart from existing ones that use a "by and about" selection criteria ("by and about" Aboriginal peoples, First Nations, Natives, etc.,), which allows for the inclusion, without identification, of books by non-Aboriginal authors. The authors hope that this select bibliography and especially the comprehensive one to come will be a useful resource for educators, librarians, students, community groups, parents, researchers, writers, and anyone else with an interest in Aboriginal literature but who have struggled to identify Aboriginal-authored children's literature for teaching, studying, research, and enjoyment purposes.

Reviews / Comptes rendus

Traveling Girls: Writing the Haves and Have-Nots of Late Modernity in Young Adult Fiction / Sarah Brophy [161-67]

  • Mud City, by Deborah Ellis
  • A Singing Bird Will Come: Naomi in Hong Kong, by Karmel Schreyer
  • Getting a Life, by Jocelyn Shipley
  • More Than You Can Chew, by Marnelle Tokio
  • Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me, by Julie Johnston
  • Hero of Lesser Causes, by Julie Johnston

Something Wicked This Way Plods: Fantasizing the Banality of Evil / Hilary Turner [167-74]

  • The Princess Pawn, by Maggie L. Wood
  • Dance of the Stones, by Andrea Spalding
  • The Shining World, by Kathleen McDonnell
  • The Sacred Seal, by J.C. Mills
  • The Messengers, by J.C. Mills
  • The Book of Dreams, by O.R. Melling
  • The Dirt Eaters, by Dennis Foon

Are We There Yet? Stories of Maps and Their Mapmakers / Gordon Lester [174-76]

  • The Road to There: Mapmakers and Their Stories, by Val Ross

Teamwork and Overcoming Fears / Margaret Steffler [177-80]

  • Underdog, by Eric Walters
  • Murder at the Winter Games, by Roy MacGregor
  • Newton and the Giant, by Michael McGowan
  • Monster in the Mountains, by Shane Peacock
  • The Mariner's Curse, by John Lunn

Goddess and Heroine / Bert Almon [180-83]

  • Inanna: From the Myths of Ancient Sumer, by Kim Echlin
  • See Saw Saskatchewan: More Playful Poems from Coast to Coast, by Robert Heidbreder
  • I Gave My Mom a Castle, by Jean Little
  • Ann and Seamus, by Kevin Major
  • A Grain of Sand, by P.K. Page

Three Big Books of Canada / Gordon Lester [183-85]

  • The Big Book of Canada: Exploring the Provinces and Territories, by Christopher Moore
  • The Kids Book of Black Canadian History, by Rosemary Sadlier
  • The Kids Book of Great Canadians, by Elizabeth MacLeod

Waiting and Running in Books for Boys in Canada / Roderick McGillis [185-96]

  • Theories of Relativity, by Barbara Haworth-Attard
  • Torn Away, by James Heneghan
  • Take the Stairs, by Karen Krossing
  • Tom Finder, by Martine Leavitt
  • The Losers' Club, by John Lekich
  • Hold Fast, by Kevin Major
  • Waiting for Sarah, by Bruce McBay and James Heneghan
  • The Journey Home, by Mike McCarthy
  • My Name Is Mitch, by Shalagh Lynne Supeene
  • And In the Morning, by John Wilson

Postcards from the Past: The Public Record of Private Lives / Hilary Turner [196-201]

  • The Courtesan's Daughter, by Priscilla Galloway
  • I Came as a Stranger: The Underground Railroad, by Bryan Prince
  • There You Are, by Joanne Taylor
  • Ordinary Miracles, by Diana Aspin
  • Initiation, by Virginia Frances Schwartz
  • An Earthly Delight, by Janet McNaughton

Going Beyond the Limits of YA Fiction / Laurence Steven [201-06]

  • The Black Sunshine of Goddy Pryne, by Sarah Withrow
  • The Canning Season, by Polly Horvath
  • The Flrst Stone, by Don Aker
  • Flux, by Beth Goobie
  • The Hippie House, by Katherine Holubitsky

Items reviewed in this issue / Ouvrages recensés [207-08]

Calls for Papers / Appels à contribution [209-16]

The cover illustration is taken from Courage to Fly by Troon Harrison. Illustration by Zhong-Yang Huang. Reprinted by permission of Red Deer Press.

L'illustration de la couverture est tirée du livre Courage to Fly de Troon Harrison. Illustration de Zhong-Yang Huang. Avec la permission de Red Deer Press.

For Ian, Arianna, and Juliet — M.D.

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