CFP: Children's Classics (4/15/06; MMLA, 11/9/06)

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Mr. Toad, Wolf Larsen, Heidi, Phileas Fogg, Ichabod, Sherlock, Anne, Alice, Tweedledum, Tweedledee,
Jacob Marley, Dr. Moreau, Long John Silver: in what ways do such literary characters and their
distant cousins endure? How were these classics in dialogue with other canonical works? Were
authors like Wilde and Eliot--in texts like The Selfish Giant or Old Possum's Book of Practical
Cats--at liberty to engage the imagination in alternative ways in material purportedly "for
children"? Have mediated versions of such characters replaced the mythical divinities in the
"public imagination?" How can we engage critical, historical, linguistic, or dialectical analyses
in exploring the enduring hermeneutical or pedagogical value of characters that have traditionally
appealed to children? Abstracts on all related topics are most welcome. Please contact Gretchen

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