Productive Remembering of Childhood: Child–Adult Memory-Work with the School Literary Canon
AbstractThis essay, co-written by adult and child researchers, marks an important shift in the field of children’s literature studies because it promotes an academic practice in which children are actively involved in decision-making. In our polyphonic account of the collaboration, we draw on the ideas of productive remembering, re-memorying, and child-led research to advance a new pedagogical approach to the current, adult-centered literary school canon in Poland, which was compiled in 2017 by a panel of politically appointed experts. We exemplify our proposal by discussing “Staś and Nel in the 21st Century”: Do Long-established School Readings Connect Generations?”, a participatory research project conducted at a primary school in Wrocław, Poland, in spring 2018. As we argue, selected texts from the canon may catalyze memories of childhood from older readers that can be shared with younger readers to develop their own connections with these texts. Such an exchange may open new individual and collective remembering spaces linking intragenerational perspectives with intergenerational meanings and resulting in a school canon that promotes both national cohesion and openness to other cultures. Seen thus, our approach can be adopted in school and other settings to engage children and adults as co-creators of particular memory-work methods. In broader terms, it can promote a critical and action-oriented understanding of the heritage of childhood in Poland and elsewhere. View Full-Text
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Deszcz-Tryhubczak, J.; Marecki, M.; Chawar, E.; Kaczkowska, M.; Kowalska, K.; Kulawik, A.; Ożlańska, M.; Palczyńska, M.; Parcheniak, N.; Pszczołowski, E. Productive Remembering of Childhood: Child–Adult Memory-Work with the School Literary Canon. Humanities 2019, 8, 74.
Deszcz-Tryhubczak J, Marecki M, Chawar E, Kaczkowska M, Kowalska K, Kulawik A, Ożlańska M, Palczyńska M, Parcheniak N, Pszczołowski E. Productive Remembering of Childhood: Child–Adult Memory-Work with the School Literary Canon. Humanities. 2019; 8(2):74.Chicago/Turabian Style
Deszcz-Tryhubczak, Justyna; Marecki, Mateusz; Chawar, Ewa; Kaczkowska, Magdalena; Kowalska, Katarzyna; Kulawik, Aleksandra; Ożlańska, Maja; Palczyńska, Milena; Parcheniak, Natalia; Pszczołowski, Eryk. 2019. "Productive Remembering of Childhood: Child–Adult Memory-Work with the School Literary Canon." Humanities 8, no. 2: 74.
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