Teaching Juvenilia Journals

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


This panel 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, our panel nonetheless hopes to demonstrate that the teaching of juvenilia will be a rewarding experience for both student and instructor. Juliet McMaster, pondering the different genres among juvenilia, proposes a course devoted to the juvenile journal, including such texts as those by Marjory Fleming, Richard Doyle, Iris Vaughan, Opal Whiteley, and Anne Frank. One focus of the discussion will be the material concerns facing the diarist, who, writing to the moment, must necessarily find paper to write on (or a book to write in), materials to write with, light to write by, and a (probably secret) place to keep what's written. The personal record provides valuable access to the young author’s early professional ambitions and creative process, besides such matters as his or her literary models, relations with adults, and creative energy.

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.