- About the Contributors
- Chapter Abstracts
- The Fundamentals of Children’s Literature Criticism: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
- Randall Jarrell’s The Bat-Poet: Poets, Children, and Readers in an Age of Prose
- Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad Together as a Primer for Critical Literacy
- Blending Genres and Crossing Audiences: Harry Potter and the Future of Literary Fiction
- Wanda’s Wonderland: Wanda Gág and Her Millions of Cats
- A Cross-Written Harlem Renaissance: Langston Hughes’s The Dream Keeper
- Dumbo, Disney, and Difference: Walt Disney Productions and Film as Children’s Literature
- Redrawing the Comic-Strip Child: Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts as Cross-Writing
- The Cat in the Hippie: Dr. Seuss, Nonsense, the Carnivalesque, and the Sixties Rebel
- Wild Things and Wolf Dreams: Maurice Sendak, Picture-Book Psychologist
- Reimagining the Monkey King in Comics: Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese
- Froggy’s Little Brother: Nineteenth-Century Evangelical Writing for Children and the Politics of Poverty
- History in Fiction: Contextualization as Interpretation in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped
- Tom Sawyer, Audience, and American Indians
- Living with the Kings: Class, Taste, and Family Formation in Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
- A Daughter of the House: Discourses of Adoption in L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables
- Where in America Are You, God?: Judy Blume, Margaret Simon, and American National Identity
- Let Freedom Ring: Land, Liberty, Literacy, and Lore in Mildred Taylor’s Logan Family Novels
- “What Are Young People to Think?”: The Subject of Immigration and the Immigrant Subject in Francisco Jiménez’s The Circuit
- “My Book and Heart Shall Never Part”: Reading, Printing, and Circulation in the New England Primer
- Castaways: The Swiss Family Robinson, Child Bookmakers, and the Possibilities of Literary Flotsam
- Tom Brown and the Schoolboy Crush: Boyhood Desire, Hero Worship, and the Boys’ School Story
- Peter Pan as Children’s Theatre: The Issue of Audience
- Jade and the Tomboy Tradition
- Happily Ever After: Free to Be … You and Me, Second-Wave Feminism, and 1970s American Children’s Culture
- Paradise Refigured: Innocence and Experience in His Dark Materials
Abstract and Keywords
This article emphasizes Francisco Jiménez's effort to challenge media misrepresentations and xenophobic myths about undocumented workers. It is also argued that The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (1997) troubles naïve notions of nationalism by placing the migrant child's life at the center of the national imaginary, marking a larger goal in much Mexican-American children's literature. The Circuit is a collection of autobiographical short stories that provide a compelling firsthand account of a Mexican family's migration to the United States. It becomes a crucial contact zone within which the relationship of readers to the subject of immigration and to immigrant subjects is reconstituted. The presence in Panchito's life of other people who model resilience contributes to the development of his own strength. His maturation in The Circuit parallels and enables the maturation of the child reader.
Phillip Serrato is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. A specialist in Chicano/a literary and cultural studies, his publications include essays on the Personal Memoirs of Juan Seguín, the children’s television program Dragon Tales, and books for children by Chicano/a authors such as Luis J. Rodríguez and Gloria Anzaldúa.
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