CFP: [Children] Philip Pullman / NeMLA (Boston 2009)

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Shelley King
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Call for Papers: NeMLA (Boston, Feb. 26-Mar. 1, 2009)

Reading Genre in the Works of Philip Pullman
Visionary Romantic poet William Blake refers to writing as 'the wond'rous
art': perhaps in deference to this vital influence on his own work,
contemporary British author Philip Pullman describes reading, its
counterpart, as "a subtle art." Pullman's fascination with reading is
evident in all aspects of his work, from the intertextual nod to his own
wide-ranging literary experience given by the complex epigraphs scattered
throughout his oeuvre, to representations of the interpretive act such as
that figured in Lyra's ability to read the alethiometer in The Golden
Compass, to his concept of a "democracy of reading," the interpretive
process that embraces multiple, diverse responses to the polyphony of
voices represented within the text used by Pullman to articulate his
sense of reading as an ideological act. One significant aspect of
Pullman's approach to the politics of reading in his work for children
and young adults is his experimentation with multiple genres: high
fantasy, fairy tale, detective fiction, even Victorian penny dreadfuls.
This panel seeks papers addressing the role of genre in any aspect of
Pullman's work. Please submit 250-500 word abstracts by 15 September 2008
to Shelley King at

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