Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Have a Great Summer!!!

A final post to wrap up the inaugural (Winter 2011) semester of INF 2304: to let you know that your assignment and participation grades have been posted to Blackboard, and that your final essays are ready for pick up at student services.

Thank you all for the wonderful semester, for the compelling class discussions and for engaging so enthusiastically with the course materials. A special thanks to everyone who brought in their toys, books, candy and other children's cultural texts and artifacts over the course of the semester...this really contributed to building a "hands on" feel, and will certainly be something that I'll try to support even further in future iterations of this class.

Hope you all have a fantastic summer.

For those of you graduating this year - congratulations and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours!!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

If Disney Princesses Had Mothers

Since the idea of the absent mother in fairy tales came up in class discussions a few times, I thought I would link to a recent series of Huffington Post "If They'd Had Mothers" parodies featuring Jasmine ("You're in love with a homeless man who lives in an alley with his pet monkey?", Ariel ("Did you steal these things? Are you a hoarder?") and Belle ("Your father and I are taking him out to the country... to a farm where he can run free with other beasts"). I hope there will be more instalments (and comments - because this is the Internet and comments make everything more interesting and hilarious).

On a related note, there's actually an entry in Snopes about Walt Disney's mommy issues. And here's a fascinating essay about the orphaned hero by author Terri Windling - great read for those interested in myth and folklore. I'm sure there are tons of scholarly literature on the topic, and it's not too late for classmates to change their final essay topic! ;)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Friends of the Osborne Collection Have Invited INF2304 To....

Join them at this upcoming event: Mark your calendars for an upcoming opportunity to hear Martin Springett - children's author and illustrator - present a lecture and slide show on Pauline Baynes, his friend and colleague, as well as the illustrator for J.R.R. Tolkien and for C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia. As mentioned in the invitation, both authors were "Deeply influenced by the written works and the images Pauline created for them." At next month's lecture, Martin Springett will talk about the "personal and creative life of this truly engaging woman." See below for details. Admission is free, but please r.s.v.p. (acceptances only) by calling the Osborne Collection office: 416-393-7753.