Towards a Course of Action: Integrating Juvenilia into a Program of Study

Stream: Teaching Juvenilia
Date: Friday, 22 July 2022
Time: 1.00 pm – 2.30 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, 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.