In F2011 Lorraine Janzen's ENG 222 class, Fairy Tales and Fantasies, created a virtual exhibit in dialogue with the Osborne Collection's exhibit at Toronto Public Library. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of J.M. Barrie's iconic work of fiction, Peter Pan, both exhibits took "Peter Pan, Pirates, Mermaids, and Fairies" as their curatorial theme. Working in pairs, students selected a book from the Children's Literature Archive and created a Digital Exhibit focusing on one of the thematic categories. Each Exhibit analyzed how their selected figure (Peter Pan, Pirates, Mermaids, or Fairies) was represented in the CLA book and included a historical context or popular culture comparator. Building an Exhibit with connections to the Osborne Collection's contemporaneous Exhibit highlights the links between the activities of the university and our local community. The Digital Exhibit Assignment also gave students a real-world opportunity to share their knowledge of fairy tales as historically specific cultural artifacts whose meaning depends on their place, time, and medium of production.
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The projects in this Gallery are the work of students in Lorraine Janzen Kooistra’s F2010 undergraduate class, ENG 222: Fairy Tales and Fantasies. The students’ projects aim to showcase the collection of classic and popular works of fairy tales and fantasies in the Children’s Literature Archive (CLA) in Ryerson’s Centre for Digital Humanities.
Each student group curated an exhibit of a selected fairy tale, folk tale, legend, myth, or fantasy book from the Children’s Literature Archive. The students scanned bindings and illustrations and worked together to produce an attractive exhibition with informative curatorial commentary. The project combined bibliographic and archival work with secondary research and digital methodologies. All projects in this Gallery have been peer-reviewed and have met an established standard for online publication.
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