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The Project of Quaring Childhood

The Project of Quaring Childhood Katherine h ennin ger t he Pr oject of Qu ar I n G   c h I l D hoo D Our goal in thisspeci alissue is tobri ng intodi alogue several fields thathav e developed substantiallyi n “Quaring the past two decades: childhood studies, critical race studies,q ueer theory,and new southernst ud - childhood” is ies. Whatthis has meant in practical terms has been the work of a headyride, withbraci nglyconcrete repercussions. Each of thesefie lds has sprung (some more con- materializing sistently than others) away from a historicalessen - queer tialism and toward a critiqueof how essentialisms affect history.Eac h is cruciallyeng aged withissues experience, of power, and each maintains (some more directly and quaring than others)an activist eng agement with“the real world,” theorizingideas that matter f or bodies, bod- material ies thatmatter f or ideas. Each seeks (more or less experience, explicitly)to bend thearc of themoral universe a little more quickly toward justice. and figures Yet only too recentlyhav e thesefie lds begun to of southern speak to each other. With a few exceptions,t alks thus far have been bilateral. Perhaps not surpris- childhood ingly, criticalrace studies and new southernst ud - are tools ies http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

The Project of Quaring Childhood

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 51 (1) – Dec 9, 2019

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
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1534-1461

Abstract

Katherine h ennin ger t he Pr oject of Qu ar I n G   c h I l D hoo D Our goal in thisspeci alissue is tobri ng intodi alogue several fields thathav e developed substantiallyi n “Quaring the past two decades: childhood studies, critical race studies,q ueer theory,and new southernst ud - childhood” is ies. Whatthis has meant in practical terms has been the work of a headyride, withbraci nglyconcrete repercussions. Each of thesefie lds has sprung (some more con- materializing sistently than others) away from a historicalessen - queer tialism and toward a critiqueof how essentialisms affect history.Eac h is cruciallyeng aged withissues experience, of power, and each maintains (some more directly and quaring than others)an activist eng agement with“the real world,” theorizingideas that matter f or bodies, bod- material ies thatmatter f or ideas. Each seeks (more or less experience, explicitly)to bend thearc of themoral universe a little more quickly toward justice. and figures Yet only too recentlyhav e thesefie lds begun to of southern speak to each other. With a few exceptions,t alks thus far have been bilateral. Perhaps not surpris- childhood ingly, criticalrace studies and new southernst ud - are tools ies

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Dec 9, 2019

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