Young Adult Literature @ PAMLA 2016 (abstract: 6/10/16; conference: 11/11-11/13/2016) [Update]

deadline for submissions: 
June 10, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
contact email: 

Young adult literature is home to a host of paradoxes. Inscribing the monstrous and yet rapturous, traumatizing and yet electrifying, self-alienated and yet self-conscious experience of adolescence, texts for and about young adults explore rich and radical liminalities. The Young Adult Literature session of PAMLA 2016 invites your proposal on any theme or topic of study pertaining to the vibrant field of YA literature and culture. We welcome engaging, provocative analyses of YA literature and texts (including graphic novels, comic books, video games, and/or films). Proposals attending to the conference theme "Archives, Libraries, Properties" are especially welcome.


The 2016 PAMLA conference special topic, “Archives, Libraries, Properties,” is an invitation to reflect on production, curation, transmission, and transformation. Accordingly, special topics may include but are not limited to:


  • Collective, corporate, and individual ownership of text or story
  • Text as historical document
  • YA literary tradition
  • Linear and non-linear literary temporalities
  • Nostalgia
  • Dystopias and utopias
  • Science fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Neo-Victorian literature
  • Representations of the past in time-slip fantasy and/or ghost stories
  • Retellings/re-visions of iconic stories
  • Representations of historical and/or cultural icons
  • Biofiction
  • Memory
  • Historical sensibilities and aesthetic influences
  • Transmedial adaptation
  • Intertextuality
  • Anachronisms
  • Graphics and illustrations
  • YA books/culture as commodity


Submit proposals of roughly 500 words as well as a 50-word abstract by June 10, 2016. Proposals must be submitted through the PAMLA online system: You can find out more regarding PAMLA sessions and topic areas here:   


The 2016 PAMLA conference will be held in Pasadena, California, from Friday, November 11, through Sunday, November 13, at the Westin Pasadena. More information is available at the PAMLA website, Conference guidelines and procedures, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, can be found at


For further information or for questions about the session, please contact Maryna Matlock at