Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures 2020-06-26T14:09:14-05:00 Heather Snell Open Journal Systems <p><em>Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures</em> 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. Our scope is international; while we have a special interest in Canada, we welcome submissions concerning all areas and cultures. We are especially interested in the cultural functions and representations of "the child." This can include children's and young adult literature and media; young people's material culture, including toys; digital culture and young people; historical and contemporary constructions, functions, and roles of "the child" and adolescents; and literature, art, and films by children and young adults. We welcome articles in both English and French. <em>Jeunesse</em> was formerly <em><a href="">Canadian Children's Literature/Litterature canadienne pour la jeunesse</a></em>.</p> Purple Mountains 2020-06-26T13:55:13-05:00 Heather Snell <p>DOI: <a href="">10.1353/jeu.2019.0014</a></p> 2020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Representing Death in Children’s Literature: Border Crossings 2020-06-26T14:07:17-05:00 Maria José Botelho Marsha Jing-Ji Liaw <p>Review of:</p> <p>Dekko, Espen. <em>Paws and Edward</em>. Illustrated by Mari Kanstad Johnsen, Kids Can, 2019.</p> <p>James, Matt. <em>The Funeral</em>. Groundwood Books, 2018.</p> <p>Quan, Betty. <em>Grandmother's Visit</em>. Illustrated by Carmen Mok, Groundwood Books, 2018.</p> <p>Young, Cheyanne. <em>The Last Wish of Sasha Cade</em>. Kids Can, 2018.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DOI: <a href="">10.1353/jeu.2019.0026</a></p> 2020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Utopian Grandparents 2020-06-26T14:07:39-05:00 Perry Nodelman <p>Review of:</p> <p>Balasubramaniam, Saumiya. <em>When I Found Grandma</em>. Illustrated by Qin Leng, Groundwood, 2019. 32 pp. $17.95 hc. ISBN 9781773060194.</p> <p>Chabbert, Ingrid. <em>A Drop of the Sea</em>. Illustrated by Guridi, Kids Can, 2018.</p> <p>Lê, Minh. <em>Drawn Together</em>. Illustrated by Dan Santat, Disney Hyperion 2018.</p> <p>Sage, James. <em>Old Misery</em>. Illustrated by Russel Ayto, Kids Can, 2018.</p> <p>Uegaki, Cheri. <em>Ojiichan’s Gift</em>. Illustrated by Genevieve Simms, Kids Can, 2019.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DOI: <a href="">10.1353/jeu.2019.0027</a></p> 2020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Leaving Home: Stories about Immigration, Migration, and the Diaspora 2020-06-26T14:08:05-05:00 Emily R. Aguiló-Pérez <p>Review of:</p> <p>Charles, Veronika Martenova. <em>The Land Beyond the Wall: An Immigration Story</em>. Nimbus, 2017.</p> <p>Díaz, Junot. <em>Islandborn</em>. Illustrated by Leo Espinosa, Penguin, 2018.</p> <p>Gay, Marie-Louise. <em>Mustafa</em>. Groundwood, 2018.</p> <p>Morales, Yuyi. <em>Dreamers</em>. Porter, 2018.</p> <p>Tran-Davies, Nhung N. <em>Ten Cents a Pound</em>. Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon, Second Story, 2018.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DOI: <a href="">10.1353/jeu.2019.0028</a></p> 2020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Writing Identities, Erasing Borders: <em>The Night Diary</em>, <em>Front Desk</em>, and Our Shared Story of Migration 2020-06-26T14:08:31-05:00 Paige Gray <p>Review of:</p> <p>Hiranandani, Veera. <em>The Night Diary</em>. Kokila, 2018.</p> <p>Yang, Kelly. <em>Front Desk</em>. Levine, 2018.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DOI: <a href="">10.1353/jeu.2019.0029</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Beyond the Digital Border: Modern Life on the Network 2020-06-26T14:08:53-05:00 Christina Fawcett <p>Review of:</p> <p>Barnard, Sara, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson, Eleanor Wood. <em>Floored: When Seven Lives Collide</em>. Macmillan Children’s Books, 2018.</p> <p>McCulloch, Amy. <em>Jinxed</em>. Simon and Schuester, 2018.</p> <p>Owen, David. <em>All the Lonely People</em>. Atom, 2019.</p> <p>Steven, Laura. <em>The Exact Opposite of Okay</em>. Electric Monkey, 2018.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DOI: <a href="">10.1353/jeu.2019.0030</a></p> 2020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures State Against the Migrant Child: US Government Systems and Legal Processes in Dealing with Undocumented Youth 2020-06-26T14:09:14-05:00 Catherine Appleton <p>Review of:</p> <p>Boehm, Deborah A., and Susan J. Terrio, editors. <em>Illegal Encounters: The Effect of Detention and Deportation on Young People.</em> NYU P, 2019.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DOI: <a href="">10.1353/jeu.2019.0031</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures About <em>Jeunesse</em> 2020-02-24T16:06:52-06:00 Lauren Bosc 2020-02-24T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Masthead 2020-02-24T16:06:51-06:00 Lauren Bosc 2020-02-24T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Table of Contents 2020-02-24T16:06:51-06:00 Lauren Bosc 2020-02-24T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Kid President: The Aesthetics of Childhood in Political Cartoons 2020-06-26T13:56:07-05:00 Tran Nguyen Templeton Chris Moffett <p>Since the 2016 US presidential election, a number of political cartoons have been produced that depict Donald Trump as an infant or toddler. He is drawn in diapers and with any number of objects we associate with young children, as well as engaging in behaviours such as crying, whining, and melting down. As a genre, the political cartoon offers complex readings, yet this particular phenomenon, in its repeated renderings, seems to signal just as much, if not more, animosity toward children than toward Trump. The question is, who is the real object of critique in these visual displays? What are the assumptions that cartoonists have about children, and how is the child deployed in and through these images? In this work, we examined thirty political cartoons depicting Trump as an infant or toddler, along with related artifacts, dating from 2015 to 2018. We discuss the ways that the cartoonists rely on stereotyped affects and behaviours of childhood to express purportedly progressive notions of equity. The effect of this growing archive of images, however, may betray those objectives, instead enacting power over the figure of the child.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DOI: <a href="">10.1353/jeu.2019.0015</a></p> 2020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Only Connect: Children’s Literature and Its Theory in the Extended Present 2020-06-26T14:02:29-05:00 Madeleine Hunter <p>While an unfolding backlash against globalization has resulted in a tightening of the borders that police our movement through space, the borders that structure our temporal experience have been made newly porous by technologies that alter the terms of our presence in that space. This paper argues that our current condition of ubiquitous connectivity—our constant interconnection and integration into larger flows of information and communication—has brought about a paradoxical anxiety of disconnection that finds expression in the field’s growing “kinship” movement. In the digital age, instantaneous communication butts up against infinite information, giving birth to the extended present—a temporality in which the borders of the now seem to be both ever diminishing and expanding. What does this mean for the temporal alterity that subsists between adult and child as theoretical constructs? What happens to the adult-child relationship in the age of the constant update? This paper examines to what extent the field’s current turn toward models that emphasize similarity—or “kinship”—over difference constitutes an attempt to reaffirm a continuity between past and present that is threatened by the rise of new media technologies, and ponders what the attempt to cohere our disparate temporalities into the present might mean for the future of the field and those on whose behalf it proposes to speak.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DOI: <a href="">10.1353/jeu.2019.0016</a></p> 2020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Unfiltered and Unapologetic: March for Our Lives and the Political Boundaries of Age 2020-06-26T14:02:59-05:00 Emily Bent <p>When young people took to the streets on 24 March 2018 as part of March for Our Lives (MFOL), they leveraged narratives of age and generation to inspire others to take action on preventing gun violence incidences across the United States. Despite the political precarity associated with their ages, student-activists claimed public space and voice as more than the victims of the so-called “mass shooting generation.” This article explores how narratives of age and generation shape their political legibility and authority in the MFOL movement. Based on analyses of Parkland student speeches and reflections and MFOL protest signs, I consider the paradoxical manner in which youth-activists play with notions of age in order to mark themselves as essential political actors <em>and</em> vulnerable not-yet subjects in need of protection. It is my contention that MFOL illustrates the liminal borders of youth political (in)visibility and the transformative possibilities of age-based politics for youth-activists.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DOI: <a href="">10.1353/jeu.2019.0017</a></p> 2020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures “I See Nothing but a Fence of Tears”: The Impact of Australia’s Immigration Detention and Border Protection Policies on the Asylum Seeker Child’s Geographies of Hope and Hopelessness 2020-06-26T14:03:28-05:00 Dani McAlister Harriot Beazley Wynonna Raha <p>As a signatory to both the United Nation Refugee Convention and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Australia’s border protection policy to detain offshore asylum seekers who reach Australian borders by boat, including accompanied and unaccompanied minors, is under intense international scrutiny. In the context of Australia’s “Operation Sovereign Borders,” however, the asylum seeker child’s perspectives and their geographies of hope and hopelessness have not yet been fully explored. Drawing on recent literature within children’s geographies, which emphasizes the “emotional” matters within policy development and professional practice, and how they affect children, this paper seeks to contribute to emerging debates exploring borders, asylum seeker children, and children’s emotional geographies. Utilizing drawings, letters, and poems produced by children for an Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention on Nauru, a child-centred approach was applied to privilege children’s own perspective of their indefinite internment. The primary focus of the paper is to emphasize the ways in which “the asylum seeker child” constructs their own emotional geographies within the inherently complex and restrictive context of Australia’s border protection policy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DOI: <a href="">10.1353/jeu.2019.0018</a></p> 2020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Coming of Age in the Rio Grande Valley: Race, Class, Gender, and Generations in Narco Culture 2020-06-26T14:03:57-05:00 Rosalynn A. Vega <p>Based on ethnographic observations in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, this article examines the multiple, overlapping, criss-crossing axes of inequality that both shape and fracture the experiences of individual borderland residents. Instead of focusing on the national border, this article analyzes intersecting axes of social inequality and uses ethnographic data to describe social borders that divide and separate those living in the borderlands. Using ethnographic data culled from 133 young adults in focus group settings, this article merges the theory of intersectionality with border studies scholarship in order to analyze how socio-economic stratification, gender inequality, histories of racial discrimination, and generational differences map onto one another in a place characterized by narco violence. In essence, the article demonstrates how the lives of adolescents and young adults in the Rio Grande Valley are ensnared within a unique matrix of intersecting axes of inclusion and exclusion.&nbsp; The intersecting axes of gender, race, and class inequality unfold in a context of “narco culture,” where residents are not only living along the US-Mexico border, and within social webs of intersectional borders, but also on the border of legality/illegality.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DOI: <a href="">10.1353/jeu.2019.0019</a></p> 2020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Visualizing the Voiceless and Seeing the Unspeakable: Understanding International Wordless Picturebooks about Refugees 2020-06-26T14:04:25-05:00 Gabriel Duckels Zoe Jaques <p>This article investigates the formal and ethical implications of the wordless picturebook about refugees, a recent and international phenomenon. Picturebooks in this small and expanding sub-genre, we argue, are part of the “children’s literature of atrocity” (Baer 382) and use the quintessential features of the wordless form to empower or disempower, humanize or otherize, their child refugee subjects. Some of the examples we engage with problematically rely upon a clumsy refugee/non-refugee binary between safe white child and seemingly perpetually unsafe black “other,” whereas the remaining examples use the wordless form to create more collaborative, dialogical, and less binarized depictions of the relationship between the shores of Europe and the conceptualized Global South. To represent this “unspeakable” reality through wordless picturebooks emphasizes their potency at enabling readers to take risks in their navigation of meaning, transforming non-verbal affective response into speaking the unspeakable aloud.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DOI: <a href="">10.1353/jeu.2019.0020</a></p> 2020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Reforming Borders of the Imagination: Diversity, Adaptation, Transmediation, and Incorporation in the Global Disney Film Landscape 2020-06-26T14:04:52-05:00 Michelle Anya Anjirbag <p>The transmediation involved in recent Walt Disney Company productions including <em>A Wrinkle in Time</em>, <em>Black Panther</em>, <em>Thor: Ragnarok</em>, <em>Coco</em>, and <em>Moana</em> engage with a process of visualizing the nonvisual in ways that have heretofore differed from past Disney offerings. These films respond to calls for increased diversity, unlocking the potential of imagined spaces on a global scale. Although it addresses postcolonial identity politics that are both salient and fraught in the current geopolitical climate, such diversity nevertheless serves Disney’s corporate interests, (re)producing a colonizing progression decentralized from the nation-state but rooted in projection of culture. As Disney adapts new narratives, it also engages in a process of incorporation, absorbing these narratives into the larger framework of the overarching corporate structure of the “magic kingdom”—intended to designate a cultural home for childhood, imagination, and reminiscence of how things were and what they might become. I contend that Disney’s incorporation of new narratives extends greater access to imaginary spaces while producing a homogenizing effect on global media culture.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DOI: <a href="">10.1353/jeu.2019.0021</a></p> 2020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures The Role of Borders in the Lives of Greek–Cypriot Enclaved Children in Ira Genakritou’s <em>Beyond the Barbed Wire</em> 2020-06-26T14:05:16-05:00 Maria Chatzianastasi <p>A dramatic increase in Cypriot juvenile literature appeared in the decades following the traumatic events of the <em>coup d’etat</em> and subsequent Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. A crucial aspect of the political-national situation arising from those events—which affected the political geography of Cyprus, defined its contemporary history, and had an impact on several areas, including writing for the young—was the creation of a 180 km border dividing the island. The focus of this paper is on literary representations of enclavement and the strong impact borders and barbed wire played in the lives of young enclaved—those who chose to stay in their place of origin rather than be displaced. The discussion focuses on the book <em>Πέρα από το συρματόπλεγμα</em> (<em>Beyond the Barbed Wire</em>) and the traumatic separations of young children from their families arising from enclavement. Τhe story offers important insights into a situation that is not so well known or represented in juvenile literature and highlights the threating, violating, and traumatic role borders can play in young people’s lives.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DOI: <a href="">10.1353/jeu.2019.0022</a></p> 2020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Representing Childhood and Forced Migration: Narratives of Borders and Belonging in European Screen Content for Children 2020-06-26T14:05:44-05:00 Christine Singer Jeanette Steemers Naomi Sakr <p>This article explores representations of childhood and forced migration within a selection of European screen content for and about children. Based on the findings of a research project that examined the intersections of children’s media, diversity, and forced migration in Europe (, funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, the article highlights different ways in which ideas of borders and belonging are constructed and deconstructed in a selection of films and television programs that feature children with an immigration background. Drawing on ideas around the “politics of pity” (Boltanski; Chouliaraki), the analysis explores conditions under which narratives of otherness arise when it comes to representing forcibly displaced children within European-produced children’s screen media. It also examines screen media that destabilize borders of “us” and “the other” by emphasizing the agency of children from migration backgrounds and revealing both the similarities and the differences between European children with immigration backgrounds and White European-born children. It is argued here that these representations destabilize narratives of borders and otherness, suggesting that children with a family history of immigration “belong” to European societies in the same ways as White European-born children.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DOI: <a href="">10.1353/jeu.2019.0023</a></p> 2020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures “It’s Such a Small Planet, Why Do You Need Borders?”: Seeing Flying in <em>Le Petit Prince</em> and Its Screen Adaptations 2020-06-26T14:06:13-05:00 Aneesh Barai <p>In this article, I analyze the potential positive impact of aerial perspectives on children’s understanding of their place in the world, with <em>Le Petit Prince</em> envisioning a borderless world of ecological and social unity. The novellas of the pilot and author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry encourage their projected viewers to see the interconnectedness of all life, including the life of the planet itself. Most notably, <em>Le Petit Prince</em> raises environmental responsibility in discussing the prince’s planet and undermines ideas of national difference as the prince views the earth from space. Visual adaptations of <em>Le Petit Prince </em>by Stanley Donen and Will Vinton pick up on Saint-Exupéry’s phenomenology of perception and translate them through visual techniques into politicized aerial perspectives. Looking at <em>Le Petit Prince</em> and its film adaptations, this article argues that aerial perspectives work to transform children’s perceptions and break down bordered mappings of the world.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DOI: <a href="">10.1353/jeu.2019.0024</a></p> 2020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures Good, Mad, or “Incurably Bad:” The Borders of Normalcy and Deviance in Film Representations of Sociopathic White Schoolgirls 2020-06-26T14:06:42-05:00 Caroline Hamilton-McKenna Elizabeth Marshall Theresa Rogers <p>Through the lens of feminist cultural geography, the authors seek to understand how film and television depictions of the violent white schoolgirl across the idealized space of white suburbia temporarily disrupt but ultimately sustain the borders that define gender, youth, normalcy, and deviance. The authors analyze contemporary cinematic and televised dramas, including Peter Jackson’s 1994 film <em>Heavenly Creatures</em>, the 2018 HBO series <em>Sharp Objects</em>, and Cory Finley’s 2017 film <em>Thoroughbreds</em> to demonstrate how spatial dimensions of “deviant” white adolescent femininity enforce the boundaries of “normal” girlhood.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>DOI: <a href="">10.1353/jeu.2019.0025</a></p> 2020-02-12T00:00:00-06:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures