Hampshire Professor 雷切尔康拉德 Recognizes 而且 Advocates for Young Creators of Literature

We spoke to 罕布什尔学院 Professor of Childhood Studies 雷切尔康拉德 about her courses 而且 the ways in which they have influenced her recent publications.

What does being a faculty member at Hampshire allow you to do that you couldn’t do elsewhere, 而且 what excites you about teaching here?

Part of what I value about teaching at Hampshire is being able to create 而且 evolve classes about topics that really matter. I wouldn’t be able to do that elsewhere because of the courses’ priorities 而且 the ways they cross disciplinary boundaries. These classes become spaces of shared discovery for both Hampshire students 而且 me.

近年来, through my background in literature 而且 childhood studies, I’ve created courses that focus on young people as creators of literature 而且 not just consumers of adult-produced culture. It’s pretty rare for college courses to include texts written by young people on the required-reading list, let alone to have youth-authored texts be the primary reading materials for a course. The students in these classes inspire me to keep working at finding ways to center young people as artists 而且 activists.

What are some of the classes you teach 而且 how do they connect to your own research or scholarship?

今年春天我教了一门课, 第二次, 叫做“重塑青年作家, which involves case studies of young writers engaging with contexts of injustice through the forms of diary/memoir or poetry. After the semester ended, I was invited to write 一篇关于安妮·弗兰克的文章, whose diary had been a major component of the course, for the 华盛顿邮报》“历史制造”专题. This summer marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of Anne Frank’s diary, 而且, 在我的文章, I discuss how her own intentions as a writer have been largely neglected for those 75 years.

My course Youth Writing for Justice centers on nonfiction writing by young activists on racial, 气候, 和环境正义. Before I taught the course for the first time, I had written a 学术文章 on two texts by young 气候 activists we study—Xiuhtezcatl Martinez 而且 Greta Thunberg—for a special issue of the journal 狮子与独角兽 on children’s literature 而且 气候 change. After I convinced the creators of a new 气候文化网站 合并一个类别 youth-authored书, I ended up writing reviews of the major books we read in the class. That’s been typical of my experience doing this work—that it requires advocating for young authors to be included in a project.

Part of what I value about teaching at Hampshire is being able to create 而且 evolve classes about topics that really matter. I wouldn’t be able to do that elsewhere because of the courses’ priorities 而且 the ways they cross disciplinary boundaries.
雷切尔康拉德

Tell us about your recent publications.

I have two recently published books that intersect with my classes. 在过去的几年里, I’ve had wonderful students in my classes on poetry 而且 childhood; eventually, the background for those classes led me to develop my 2020 book, Time for Childhoods: Young Poets 而且 Questions of Agency. 在这, I make an argument for the importance of recognizing young poets as artists 而且 cultural creators, 而且 I look specifically at different ways that young poets shape 而且 manipulate time in their poems as ways of asserting their agency 而且 control over time.

My other recently published book emerged from 20 years of co-teaching with 布朗肯尼迪,文学荣誉退休教授. At the end of that run, we co-edited a book of essays, Literary Cultures 而且 Twentieth-Century Childhoods, which grew from some of our values 而且 interests in teaching together about literature of childhoods. The book is about texts for young 而且 adult audiences that construct child voices, challenge received notions of childhood, speak to the multiplicity of children’s experiences 而且 perspectives, 而且 participate in cultural 而且 political projects. It also contains a set of chapters on young people’s creation 而且 co-creation of literary-cultural texts 而且 projects, one of which was the public television show 变焦, from the 1970s, that interested me as a young person. The book received an honor award for outst而且ing book of literary criticism from the Children’s Literature Association.

你现在在忙什么?

My current scholarly project is on young African American poets writing in the 1960s 而且 1970s, 而且 focuses on their artistry 而且 social-political critique. I’m really interested in how young Black poets engaged with crucial themes 而且 issues that resonated during that era. I’ve been writing a couple of 学术文章s on this topic 而且 I plan to use my upcoming sabbatical to do further research toward framing it as a book project.

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