UH West Oʻahu Assistant Professor of English Dr. Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo co-edited Childhood and Pethood in Literature and Culture: New Perspectives in Childhood Studies and Animal Studies, a collection of essays published in Routledge’s Children’s Literature and Culture series.
The collection also includes an article co-authored by Dr. Nolte-Odhiambo and UH Mānoa’s Dr. Anna Feuerstein, “ ‘The cats are outside hanging’: Settler Colonialism, Racialized Animality, and Queer Kinship in Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Blu’s Hanging.”
According to Routledge, Childhood and Pethood in Literature and Culture: New Perspectives in Childhood Studies and Animal Studies “brings together new perspectives in childhood studies and animal studies” and “is the first collection to critically address the manifold alignments and frequent co-constitutions of children and pets in our families, our cultures, and our societies.”
The essays explore issues such as protection, discipline, mastery, wildness, play, and domestication in the relationships between children, pets, and adults. They “analyze legal discourses, visual culture, literature for children and adults, migration narratives, magazines for children, music, and language socialization to discuss how notions of nationalism, race, gender, heteronormativity, and speciesism shape cultural constructions of children and pets.”