Lately with the CCRG

By Casey Wilson

I admit, I’ve been negligent about keeping the blog updated with the activities of the Children’s Culture Reading Group. That changes today!

Last month, we had a lovely discussion about the various forms of Alice in Wonderland. Ranging from the original texts to Disney’s marketing of the Tim Burton film to Spirited Away, we tried to reason out why it is that Alice maintains such a hold on the children’s literature world — and the world at large. We couldn’t solve the puzzle entirely in a solitary hour, but we did arrive at a tenuous conclusion that the story has become larger than its origins, growing closer to a fairy tale that lends itself to many and varied interpretations. (A notion supported by the post-CCRG-meeting announcement that there would be an Alice-centric episode of Once Upon a Time.)

This month, we will be taking a broad view of young adult literature with a simple assignment: come ready to discuss at least one young adult novel released last year. By comparing what will surely be a wide range of choices, given our many and varied interests, we will hopefully be able to make some interesting connections and spot some thematic trends worth discussing. This meeting will be on Saturday; if you’re a UF grad who wants to join us, just let us know and we’ll get you the details.

As for March, let us just say that there’s little film called The Hunger Games coming out…

Casey is a PhD student.

Categories: CCRG, Critical Conversations, On and Around Campus

CCRG: September Meeting Rundown

By Casey Wilson

This weekend saw the semester’s first meeting of the Children’s Culture Reading Group. We kicked things off in style — Toya even made a cake in the shape of a castle! (It was awesome. And delicious.) We spent some time sharing books in the realm of children’s culture we had encountered recently that we found interesting — from YA novels to adult nonfiction:

Our next meeting will come at the end of October, so that we can take full advantage of celebrating Halloween! Start thinking of your costume now. Our theme for October is Neil Gaiman, so read one or more of his books and come prepared to discuss the creepiest thing about them. (And anything else that you found interesting. But it’s Halloween, so creepy rules all.)

Full date, time, and other info for the October meeting will come soon. Keep checking back!

Casey Wilson is a PhD student. She’s happy to share the duties of running the CCRG with Toya, especially when it results in remarkable baked goods.

Categories: CCRG, On and Around Campus

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