Transmedia Storytelling in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

deadline for submissions: 
March 3, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Carrie Sickmann Han / Children's and Young Adult Literature Forum at the 2020 MLA
contact email: 

The Children's and Young Adult Literature Forum invites abstract subissions for their 2020 MLA non-guaranteed session on Transmedia Storytelling in Children’s and Young Adult Literature:

In the digital age, children’s and young adult literature is not confined to the page. Screens display fictional characters and convey them from the library to the living room to the pocket, as readers follow their favorite narratives across a variety of devices that disperse fiction “across multiple delivery channels for the purpose of creating a unified and coordinated entertainment experience” (Jenkins). This panel will consider how transmedia storytelling practices are redefining our understanding of children’s and young adult literature. What role does social media play in the construction, representation, and reception of literature? Do video games enable participatory reading practices? How do avatars and online profiles enable the exploration of identity? Do young readers need to develop different literacy skills to engage with these modes of storytelling? What role do the readers, authors, and scholars of children’s and YA literature play in the history and development of transmedia storytelling? This session invites abstracts that respond to the above questions or any other aspects of transmedia storytelling in the context of children’s and young adult literature.

 

Send 500-word abstracts to Carrie Sickmann Han at csickman@iupui.edu by March 3, 2019.