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Colonial girls' literature and the politics of archives in the digital age

Smith, Michelle J. and Moruzi, Kristine 2012, Colonial girls' literature and the politics of archives in the digital age, Papers: exploration into children's literature, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 33-42.

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Title Colonial girls' literature and the politics of archives in the digital age
Author(s) Smith, Michelle J.
Moruzi, Kristine
Journal name Papers: exploration into children's literature
Volume number 22
Issue number 1
Start page 33
End page 42
Total pages 10
Publisher Magpies magazine
Place of publication Victoria Park, W.A.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1034-9243
1837-4530
Keyword(s) children's literature
colonialism
girls
archives
digital humanities
Summary In this paper we examine the politics of print and digital archives and their implications for research in the field of historical children's literature. We use the specific example of our comparative, collaborative project 'From Colonial to Modern: Transnational Girlhood in Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Print Cultures, 1840-1940' to contrast the strengths and limitations of print and digital archives of young people's texts from these three nations. In particular, we consider how the failure of some print archives to collect ephemeral or non-canonical colonial texts may be reproduced in current digitising projects. Similarly, we examine how gaps in the newly forged digital "canon" are especially large for colonial children's texts because of the commercial imperatives of many large-scale digitisation projects. While we acknowledge the revolutionary applications of digital repositories for research on historical children's literature, we also argue that these projects may unintentionally marginalise or erase certain kinds of children's texts from scholarly view in the future.
Language eng
Field of Research 200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
200506 North American Literature
200524 Comparative Literature Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Magpies Magazine
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