Panel: Teaching Juvenilia Then and Now and Tomorrow – “Towards a Course of Action: Integrating Juvenilia into a Program of Study”

Stream: Teaching Juvenilia Panel
Date: Saturday, 21 May 2022
Time: 10.30 am – 12.00 pm


Rob Breton will be on a panel that explores pedagogies of juvenilia, different ways of teaching the literature and visual art of young people. Whether emphasizing genre, periodization, geography, continuities between a young and mature artist, editorial work, or something else, an instructor needs to make difficult decisions if teaching a course on juvenilia. Recognizing the material difficulties many scholars have in determining what they are allowed to teach, he will discuss his experiences teaching a course on juvenilia, the choices he made, what “worked” best, and what he will do differently in the future. His paper, however, will also focus on the need to develop intermittent spaces of juvenilia study as a way to bring juvenilia into an interdisciplinary curriculum and promote it as uniquely versatile instructional resource. In other words, the paper proposes a way to build towards a course on juvenilia in the context of integrative and synthesizing undergraduate programmes of study.


Rob Breton (Presenter), Nipissing University
ROB BRETON, Professor of English Studies at Nipissing University (North Bay, Ontario, Canada), is a Victorianist who primarily studies radical literature from the early nineteenth century. He has published books with the University of Toronto Press and Routledge that examine working-class writing from the period. His essays have appeared in journals such as Victorian Studies. He has also edited a book on the early writings of John Ruskin with the Juvenilia Press, and an essay on Ruskin’s juvenilia with the Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, as well as an essay on Ernest Jones in the Journal of Juvenilia Studies.

Juliet McMaster (Presenter), University of Alberta
JULIET MCMASTER, University Professor Emerita of the University of Alberta, is the founder of the Juvenilia Press. Her work in juvenilia includes Jane Austen, Young Author (author), The Child Writer from Austen to Woolf (co-editor with Christine Alexander), Jane Austen’s The Beautifull Cassandra (editor and illustrator), articles for the Journal of Juvenilia Studies, and several editions for the Juvenilia Press – including works of Jane Austen, George Eliot, Opal Whiteley and Marjory Fleming (co-editor with students). She has also published books on Thackeray, Trollope, Dickens, and the eighteenth-century novel, and an adventure novel for young adults, Blades Against the Dark.

Pamela Nutt (Presenter), Independent Scholar
PAMELA NUTT is an independent scholar, and a former Head of English and Dean of Students at Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney. She is also a former coordinator of the NSW Trial Higher School Certificate examination papers in English for the Catholic Secondary Schools Association of Australia. With her students, she has worked on four volumes for the Juvenilia Press. The subjects of these volumes have been drawn from late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Australia, and have examined the impact of emerging nationhood and recognition of what it is to be Australian for these young writers.