Introduction to Editor's Column


  • Rachel Conrad



This essay introduces the Editor’s Column of this issue of the Journal of Juvenilia Studies, a special feature consisting of five essays exploring complexities of trauma, intersectionality, and juvenilia through focusing on a youth-authored text. The five essays emerge from different disciplinary perspectives, attend to a range of historical and geographical locations, and focus on young writers who are from marginalised backgrounds and/or are not typically at the center of scholarly attention. This introductory essay raises the point that further conceptual work is needed regarding trauma and forms of oppression; questions of age, power, and intersectionality; and the nature of our access to young people’s perspectives in relation to intersectionality and trauma. The essay concludes by suggesting that engaging with questions of trauma, intersectionality, and juvenilia requires specifying, broadening, and deepening our frames.