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21: Childhood

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| Spring 2001 |

Editors: Christina Ritchie and Jacob Wren

Contents:

  • ‘Introduction: Childhood’, Christina Ritchie
  • ‘Famous Disappearing Act’, Daniel Olson
  • ‘Herman the Disabled Superhero’, Nops Fannin
  • ‘Annie Tikivik, Mary Korgak and Surusimituq Michael’, Interview by Jennifer Kennedy
  • ‘Graduation’, James Aqpik
  • ‘Children’s Day-Care/CD-ROM, Cartoon, Computer Screen Library’, Dan Graham
  • ‘On Childhood, Wildness and Freedom’, Adriana S. Benzaquén
  • ‘Untitled’, Lisa Carver
  • ‘In conversation with Christina Ritchie’, Taiga Lipson
  • ‘1973-1974 Drawings by Joe Clarence’, Cliff Eyland
  • ‘What Are You Looking at? Lewis Carroll’s photographs and the paradoxes of perception’, Caroline Dionne
  • ‘An Anatomy of Control’, Bettina Von Zwehl
  • ‘Poems’, Amy Brenner
  • ‘Flowers of Evil’, Sadko Hadzihasanovic
  • ‘Limbic Moments’, Gary Kibbins
  • ‘Blancmange with Almond Milk / Chantal Thomas, translated by Allen S. Weiss
  • ‘Childhood’, Emily Vey Duke
  • ‘For a Philosophy of Infancy’, Giorgio Agamben, translated by Elias Polizoes
  • ‘Every House I’ve Ever Lived in Drawn from Memory: Mnemonic Construction in Progress’, Alex Morrison
  • ‘Correspondence’, Jonah H. Peretti

Excerpt:

Adriana S. Benzaquén, “On Childhood, Wildness, and Freedom”:

“Then we must wonder, what risks are entailed when the adult seizes the place of the subject in the discourse about the child? In modern Western societies, ‘the child’ is a double figure: an object known by various disciplines and made to participate in social and cultural institutions, but also a pervasive image in the collective and individual adult imagination. Ever since Rousseau’s pedagogical musings, and Blake’s and Wordsworth’s poetry, the image of the child has offered one of the most vigorous embodiments of adult attitudes, beliefs, and desires. ‘The child’ stands for the prelapsarian (or pre-modern) vision of innocence, purity, and unity with nature. In turn, it encapsulates the modern idea (and lived experience) of the adult self as a self within the product of personal history.” (35)

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