British and American children’s literature has long been dominated by a white, middleclass, heteronormative construction of childhood and has frequently been guilty of marginalising or stereotyping groups which do not fit this ideal.
In recent years, however, children’s and young adult fiction has become increasingly committed to diversifying its representation of youth identities and experiences.
At a talk on Wednesday June 7, Dr Lucy Andrew will trace the history of constructions of childhood in texts for young people from the mid-19th century to the present day and will consider the ways in which modern children’s and young adult fiction gives a voice to previously marginalised and disempowered groups such as BME and LGBTQ communities, the disabled, low-income families, young offenders and psychologically vulnerable young people.
The event takes place at Rowley’s House, Barker Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1QH, from 1pm.
Admission is free, but booking is essential.
For further information or to book email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01743 297554.