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Cheryl Cowdy

Department of Humanities

Assistant Professor
 
Office: Ross, S811
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 77567
Emailccrawfor@yorku.ca
Secondary websitewww.youtube.com/watch?v=3mjCaKp9_kA
 
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Cheryl's current research explore the possibilities of readerly experience created by transmedia texts for young people. She is also interested in the ideological work of play, ritual, and of trauma in 19th-century and contemporary English-Canadian adventure novels, in YA fiction, and in graphic texts. In addition, her work explores the psychogeographical, examining the relationship between spaces and subjectivity in English-Canadian suburban texts for adults and young people. She is dedicated to interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research.

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Research Interests

Children and Youth , English , Children's Literature; Canadian literature; suburban space in postmodern culture.

Selected Publications

2013. "Do Something! Disciplinary Spaces and the Ideological Work of Play in James De Mille's _The B.O.W.C._ and Richard Scrimger's _Into the Ravine_. _Jeunesse_ 5:1 (Summer 2013): 16-37.

2012. “Resistant Rituals: Self-Mutilation and the Female Adolescent Body in Children’s Fairy Tales and Young Adult Fiction.” Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature. Special Issue: Trauma in Children’s Literature. 50:1 (2012). 42-52. Print.

2011. "Ravines and the Conscious Electrified Life of Houses: Margaret Atwood's Suburban Künstlerromane." Special Issue: Adolescence in Canadian Literature. Studies in Canadian Literature 36:1 (2011): 69-85. Print.

2011. "The Visual Poetics of Play: Childhood in three Canadian graphic novels.” Special Issue: Childhood in Literature, Media, and Popular Culture. Global Studies of Childhood 1:4 (2011): 291-301. www.wwwords.co.uk/GSCH . Web.

Current Research Projects

  • Transmedia Texts, Young People, and Cultural Change.  more...

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Book Chapters

2001 “Carolina Maria de Jesus.” Encyclopedia of Life Writing. Ed. Margaretta Jolly. London, Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001: 501-502.

2000 “‘An Acadia Within:’ Carnivalizing the Epic Impulse in Antonine Maillet’s Pélagie.” Women in Storytelling. Ed. Afra Kavanagh. Sydney, NS: UCCB Press, 2000: 155-169.

Journal Articles

2013. "Do Something! Disciplinary Spaces and the Ideological Work of Play in James De Mille's _The B.O.W.C._ and Richard Scrimger's _Into the Ravine_. _Jeunesse_ 5:1 (Summer 2013): 16-37.

"Do Something! Disciplinary Spaces and the Ideological Work of Play in James De Mille's _The B.O.W.C._ and Richard Scrimger's _Into the Ravine_. _Jeunesse_ 5:1 (Summer 2013): 16-37.

2012. “Resistant Rituals: Self-Mutilation and the Female Adolescent Body in Children’s Fairy Tales and Young Adult Fiction.” Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature. Special Issue: Trauma in Children’s Literature. 50:1 (2012). 42-52. Print.

2011. "Ravines and the Conscious Electrified Life of Houses: Margaret Atwood's Suburban Künstlerromane." Special Issue: Adolescence in Canadian Literature. Studies in Canadian Literature 36:1 (2011): 69-85. Print.

2011. "The Visual Poetics of Play: Childhood in three Canadian graphic novels.” Special Issue: Childhood in Literature, Media, and Popular Culture. Global Studies of Childhood 1:4 (2011): 291-301. www.wwwords.co.uk/GSCH . Web.

2006 “‘The Bomb is Only a Metaphor Now:’ Barbara Gowdy’s Falling Angels.” Descant 132 Vol. 37:1 (Spring 2006): 64-71.

1999 “Lines of Flight: Negotiating The Life and Times of Captain N.” With Douglas Glover. Henry Street 8.1 (Spring 1999): 26-42.

1999 “Becoming Masks: The Life and Times of Captain N at n-1 Dimensions.” Henry Street 8.1 (Spring 1999): 7-25.

Book Reviews

2009 "Lines, Horizons, Fissures, Fixtures." Review of Emotional Geographies. Space and Culture: the international journal and weblog dedicated to social spaces of all kinds.


Cheryl's current research explore the possibilities of readerly experience created by transmedia texts for young people. She is also interested in the ideological work of play, ritual, and of trauma in 19th-century and contemporary English-Canadian adventure novels, in YA fiction, and in graphic texts. In addition, her work explores the psychogeographical, examining the relationship between spaces and subjectivity in English-Canadian suburban texts for adults and young people. She is dedicated to interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research.


Secretary/ Treasurer, ARCYP (Association for Research in Cultures of Young People), 2011-2012. Contributor, Numéro Cinq Magazine. Numerocinqmagazine.com. Ed. Douglas Glover. 2011-present.

Area of Specialization

children's and young adult literature and culture


Degrees

PhD, York University
MA, Carleton University
BA, University of Toronto


Research Interests:

Children and Youth , English , Children's Literature; Canadian literature; suburban space in postmodern culture.

Current Research Projects

  • Transmedia Texts, Young People, and Cultural Change.
    Summary: 
    This two-year project explores the possibilities of readerly experience created by multimedia and transmedia texts, those created by children and disseminated on the internet, as well as those created by adults for consumption by children and young people. It considers the possibilities of experience created by textual narratives and by their various digital extensions. Primary texts in the study include digital stories created by children and young people, digital novels such as the_Inanimate Alice_ project, and the multimedia book by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral, _Chopsticks_, in addition to the latter’s various digital extensions, including a tumblr site, and interactive iPad application.

    Description: 
    How do electronic and digital media affect children’s critical and aesthetic literacy and complement or detract from their experiences of the literary? In what ways do young people's experiences with multimedia and transmedia texts constitute radical changes in their reading practices that might evoke equally radical cultural and or social changes? Using as a theoretical framework Marshall McLuhan’s theories concerning media effects (_The Medium is the Massage_), acoustic space, ‘hot’ and ‘cool’ media (_Understanding Media_) and the significance of changing “sense ratios” created by the extension of new technologies “into the social world” (_Gutenberg Galaxy_), my project extends the contributions of recent scholarship in media and literacy studies by considering the innovative potentialities of multimedia texts; how do they go beyond pedagogical utility when literacy meets literary in the contexts of cultural studies and McLuhan’s thought? It is my hypothesis that experiences with these multimedia or transmedia texts invite readers to encounter words, images, music, sound, and video in ways that have the potential to create new or changing “sense ratios” in cultures of the Global North from which they are currently produced; that these have cultural and social implications beyond the individual, and that multimedia texts compel those who participate in their narrative process to be self-reflexive about their involvement in the narrative and meaning-making processes.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

    Start Date:  Month: Jul  Year: 2013
    End Date:  Month: Jun  Year: 2015

    Funders: 
    SSHRC

Selected Publications

2013. "Do Something! Disciplinary Spaces and the Ideological Work of Play in James De Mille's _The B.O.W.C._ and Richard Scrimger's _Into the Ravine_. _Jeunesse_ 5:1 (Summer 2013): 16-37.

2012. “Resistant Rituals: Self-Mutilation and the Female Adolescent Body in Children’s Fairy Tales and Young Adult Fiction.” Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature. Special Issue: Trauma in Children’s Literature. 50:1 (2012). 42-52. Print.

2011. "Ravines and the Conscious Electrified Life of Houses: Margaret Atwood's Suburban Künstlerromane." Special Issue: Adolescence in Canadian Literature. Studies in Canadian Literature 36:1 (2011): 69-85. Print.

2011. "The Visual Poetics of Play: Childhood in three Canadian graphic novels.” Special Issue: Childhood in Literature, Media, and Popular Culture. Global Studies of Childhood 1:4 (2011): 291-301. www.wwwords.co.uk/GSCH . Web.

All Publications

Book Chapters

2001 “Carolina Maria de Jesus.” Encyclopedia of Life Writing. Ed. Margaretta Jolly. London, Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001: 501-502.

2000 “‘An Acadia Within:’ Carnivalizing the Epic Impulse in Antonine Maillet’s Pélagie.” Women in Storytelling. Ed. Afra Kavanagh. Sydney, NS: UCCB Press, 2000: 155-169.

Journal Articles

2013. "Do Something! Disciplinary Spaces and the Ideological Work of Play in James De Mille's _The B.O.W.C._ and Richard Scrimger's _Into the Ravine_. _Jeunesse_ 5:1 (Summer 2013): 16-37.

"Do Something! Disciplinary Spaces and the Ideological Work of Play in James De Mille's _The B.O.W.C._ and Richard Scrimger's _Into the Ravine_. _Jeunesse_ 5:1 (Summer 2013): 16-37.

2012. “Resistant Rituals: Self-Mutilation and the Female Adolescent Body in Children’s Fairy Tales and Young Adult Fiction.” Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature. Special Issue: Trauma in Children’s Literature. 50:1 (2012). 42-52. Print.

2011. "Ravines and the Conscious Electrified Life of Houses: Margaret Atwood's Suburban Künstlerromane." Special Issue: Adolescence in Canadian Literature. Studies in Canadian Literature 36:1 (2011): 69-85. Print.

2011. "The Visual Poetics of Play: Childhood in three Canadian graphic novels.” Special Issue: Childhood in Literature, Media, and Popular Culture. Global Studies of Childhood 1:4 (2011): 291-301. www.wwwords.co.uk/GSCH . Web.

2006 “‘The Bomb is Only a Metaphor Now:’ Barbara Gowdy’s Falling Angels.” Descant 132 Vol. 37:1 (Spring 2006): 64-71.

1999 “Lines of Flight: Negotiating The Life and Times of Captain N.” With Douglas Glover. Henry Street 8.1 (Spring 1999): 26-42.

1999 “Becoming Masks: The Life and Times of Captain N at n-1 Dimensions.” Henry Street 8.1 (Spring 1999): 7-25.

Book Reviews

2009 "Lines, Horizons, Fissures, Fixtures." Review of Emotional Geographies. Space and Culture: the international journal and weblog dedicated to social spaces of all kinds.