UH West Oʻahu Assistant Professor of English Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo recently published her article “Can the Child Speak? Childhood in the Age of Nation-States, Childrens Rights, and the Role of Childrens Literature” as part of The Middle Ground Journal’s series on literature and the world.
In “Can the Child Speak?” Nolte-Odhiambo establishes that the institutions of childhood, and children’s books in particular, contain the child as both a controlled subject and a disruptive presence, and she proposes the potential of children’s literature for fostering a dialogical engagement between child and adult voices within as well as outside the texts.
Dr. Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo is an assistant professor of English at the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu, where she teaches courses that draw on her research in comparative literature, children’s literature, queer theory, and cultural studies. She is currently co-editing a collection of critical essays, Childhood and Pethood: Representation, Subjectivity, and the Cultural Politics of Power.