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Anna Weinand

Anna Weinand
Address University of Trier
DM 257
Phone +49 (0) 651 201 2202
E-Mail weinanda@uni-trier.de
 

Dissertation

The Child as ‘Generational Other’: Narratives of Childhood Practices and Children’s (Self-)Positioning During Times of Crisis in Canadian Literature

(Supervisor: Folke Gernert, Trier)

My dissertation aims at analyzing literary representations of children’s experiences and practices of diversity in culturally diverse context in Canadian literature. Taking into account theoretical approaches from childhood studies, studies on children’s literature/children in literature, as well as gender, queer and postcolonial studies, I would like to explore how the depicted children are constructed with regard to culturally specific ideas about childhood. In order to do so, I will approach the selected novels with a twofold reading of the child-characters depicted therein: firstly, I intend to examine how children are depicted as “epistemological empty spaces” (Niewenhuys 6) that are to be filled with cultural content. Since these contents and the ways that they are to be acquired are defined by adults, it can be said that children are positioned as passive objects by adults in culturally diverse societies. The expectations that different adult actors have concerning children’s development may contradict each other, thereby pulling and pushing children in different directions at the same time. This type of reading implies the question, how authors construct their child characters in a similar way, i.e. as culturally empty spaces that merely symbolize a more general matter without being potent individuals. Secondly, I will have a look at texts that might break with these patterns and present child characters in a different way, namely not as mere symbols or metaphors, but as individuals capable of challenging the positions that are imposed on them in order to actively position themselves in culturally diverse contexts. My analysis will, furthermore, have a narratological focus, thereby approaching the question of literary presentation techniques to write children and the question of how voicing children in literature works.

Nieuwenhuys, Olga (2012): “Theorizing Childhood(s): Why we need postcolonial perspectives”, in: Childhood 20:1, 3-8.

Education

2012 - 2016
University of Trier, Master of Education in French, Spanish and English / Master of Arts in French and Spanish
Title of Master’s Thesis: “Kindheit und Subjektivität in Réjean Ducharmes L’avalée des avalés“
2009 - 2012
University of Trier, Bachelor of Education in French and Spanish
Bachelor’s Thesis: “Das Spanische in den USA – Bilingualismus, Diglossie und Code-Switching”
2008 - 2009
Law Studies

Work Experience

2016
University of Trier, Bachelor seminar: “Weibliches Schreiben in Mexiko”
2013 - 2016
IRTG Diversity (University of Trier), Student research assistant
2012/13
University of Trier, Tutorial (Language Class in French): “Oral and Written Communication I”
June 2014
Department of Romance Studies (University of Trier), Student assistant to Prof. Dr. Béatrice Bagola in the context of the International Colloquium “Français du Canada – Français de France: L’Amérique francophone – Carrefour culturel et linguistique“ (19-21 Jun. 2014, Trier)
Jan. 2011 – Apr. 2013
University of the Greater Region (University Trier), Student assistant to the project officer at the University of Trier

Awards and Fellowships

2012 - 2015
Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft, Full scholarship, granted by the "Studienkolleg für Lehramtsstudierende im Studienförderwerk Klaus Murmann"

Publications

2017
"‘Papi está a la vuelta de cualquier esquina‘ – Transnational Patriarchy, the Queer Child and the Possibility of Emancipation in Rita Indiana Hernández‘ Papi", in: André Klump/Christine Felbeck (eds.), Domincanidad/Dominicanity. Perspectivas de un concepto (trans)nacional/Perspectives on a (Trans)national Concept (Frankfurt: Peter Lang), 301-313.

Conference Presentations

Jan. 2017
Escritura femenina en México
Ringvorlesung: Etapas de la literatura mexicana, Trier, Germany, 24/01/2017.
Sep. 2016
Representaciones de la niñez en la literatura canadiense del siglo XX
Summerschool/Escuela de Doctorado 2016, Hentern, 07-08/09/2016.
Jul. 2014
Transnational Patriarchy, the Queer Child and the Possibility of Emancipation in Rita Indiana Hernández’ Papi
International Conference on the Dominican Republic and Its Diasporas: Dominicanity – Perspectives on a (trans-)national concept, Universität Trier, 02-03/07/2014.

 
 
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