CFP: [American] Teaching Little Women (1/24; ALA 5/22-25)

full name / name of organization: 
Mary Shelden
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Several recent landmarks in publication have encouraged serious study of
Louisa May Alcott’s beloved masterpiece, most notably the 2003 Norton
Critical Edition of Little Women, and the 2005 Library of America edition
of the March family trilogy. The Louisa May Alcott Society welcomes
proposals for brief presentations for a roundtable discussion of Little
Women and pedagogy. Possible subjects include:
• To what age is the novel best taughtâ€"elementary school, high
school, undergraduate college, graduate school?
• What contextual materials help illuminate the novel?
• In which subjects does Little Women instruct its readers and how
does Alcott deliver this instruction?
• What do the Marches and their circle have to tell us about
teaching methods, and how can their ideas inform our teaching of the
• With what other primary texts is Little Women most effectively
paired in the classroom?

As this is a roundtable emphasizing pedagogy, sharing of syllabi and
other course materials will be especially welcome at the session. Send
abstracts by January 24 2008 to: Mary Shelden,

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