Representations of the Other in Narratives of Rival Nations

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Lissi Athanasiou-Krikelis
contact email: 

ChLA19 "Representations of the Other in Narratives of Rival Nations"

Dr. Lissi Athanasiou-Krikelis (Assistant Professor) and Dr. Meral Kaya (Assistant Professor)


Panel for 2019 Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference “Activism and Empathy”, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, June 13-15, 2019


One way nations define their identity is through narratives that aim to differentiate them from the ethnic Other. Totalizing national and historical artifacts present a view of the nation as a homogenized structure, often alienating the Other in favor of valorizing the self. Since children’s literature is instrumental in shaping national identity, molding children into culture, history and heritage, it is important to examine how it partakes in the discussions of the ethnic Other.


This panel seeks papers that examine the representation of the Other in ethnic literatures of rival nations in twentieth century children’s and young adult fiction from around the world.


Please send a 250-word abstract and a brief bio by 10/1/2018 to Dr. Lissi Athanasiou-Krikelis at


Questions might include but are not limited to:   

  • How is the ethnic Other presented to young readers, and how are children initiated into certain political ideologies of the two nations? 
  • Do (historical) novels from different literary periods differ in their portrayal of the ethnic Other?
  • How are the male/female-Other or the child/ adult-Other different in their portrayal? 
  • Is the Other representative of a nation or is he/she individualized? 
  • How does the Other inform or contest ideas about the national self? 
  • How do non-fiction texts, such as biographies, depict the ethnic Other?