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Navigating NYC in Children’s Books: A Whistle-Stop Tour - Thu, November 8, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 5:15pm

When: Thursday, November 8, 2012 5:15 PM - 6:15 PMWhere:    Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (BRBL)   121 Wall St., New Haven, CT 06511   (Location is wheelchair accessible)Tags: arts, humanities, reading, talkFaculty Bio: Trinity College of DublinDescription: The 2012 Betsy Beinecke Shirley Lecture on American Children's LiteratureNavigating NYC in Children’s Books: A Whistle-Stop TourNew York has always featured prominently in children’s literature of the city. From picture books to young adult fiction, this talk provides a whistle-stop tour of a diverse range of books that engage with New York as a city space. Drawing upon the work of numerous authors and illustrators from Margaret Wise Brown to Brian Selznick, the talk traces the shared relationship between literature and the city, discussing the books within the context of urban transformation and renewal, particularly in the 20th and 21st centuries. It is argued, that in many of these books, as the protagonists navigate their way through particular urban spaces, they often piece together the story of the city and their place within it. These processes ultimately lead them to discover their own personal identities, which in turn help shape the identity of New York City.Dr. Pádraic Whyte is Assistant Professor of English and co-director of the Graduate program in Children’s Literature at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is author of 'Irish Childhoods: Children’s Fiction and Irish History' (2011) and is currently co-editing a volume on 'New York City and Children’s Literature' (2013). He lectures on a range of topics at undergraduate and graduate level including critical approaches to children’s literature, Irish children’s literature, space and place in children’s literature, and Young Adult fiction. He is a curator of children’s book exhibitions and is the current Chair of Ireland’s Children’s Book of the Year Awards.Open To: General PublicAdmission: FreeContact Information:    Tim Young      timothy.young@yale.edu

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