CFP: [Children] Asterisks and Obelisks: Greece and Rome in Childrenâs Literature
Call for papers: Asterisks and Obelisks: Greece and Rome in Childrenâ€™s
University of Wales Lampeter, 6-10 July 2009.
Organisers: Helen Lovatt (Nottingham); Owen Hodkinson (Lampeter).
Keynote speakers: Prof. Edith Hall, RHUL
Prof. Sheila Murnaghan, Pennsylvania
Prof. Deborah Roberts, Haverford College
Childrenâ€™s authors confirmed as participating:
Michael Cadnum (author of many versions of classical myths based on Ovid
Lucy Coats (Atticus the storytellerâ€™s Greek myths)
Caroline Lawrence (the Roman Mysteries series),
Deadline for abstracts: 1 December 2008
This conference will be the first major conference on receptions of
classics in childrenâ€™s literature. Abstracts (up to 300 words) are
invited for papers (20 or 40 minutes) on any aspect of the reception of
classics (broadly construed: Greek and Roman texts, myths, culture,
history, etc.) in childrenâ€™s literature. We aim to bring together
contributors from a wide range of disciplines to gain different
perspectives on the issues (classics, English and other modern languages,
childrenâ€™s literature specialists, as well as authors of modern
childrenâ€™s literature reflecting the classical world, classics teachers,
classics outreach staff, etc). Contributions will range from broader
papers addressing issues specific to reception in childrenâ€™s literature,
to readings focussing on particular texts and receptions. See further
Please send abstracts to o.hodkinson_at_lamp.ac.uk and
helen.lovatt_at_nottingham.ac.uk; please give full name and title,
institution, provisional title of the paper, and specify whether a 20 or
40 minute paper.
Questions and issues to be explored (not exhaustive: any relevant topic
will be considered):
â€¢ what have been the roles of childrenâ€™s literature in contributing
to the broader awareness of the Classical world, from the beginning of
childrenâ€™s literature to the present? What (other) roles should it play?
â€¢ what roles have and could childrenâ€™s literature play(ed) in more
general education and in stimulating thought and imagination, in
particular through encounters with Classical myths, history, society, etc.
â€¢ what makes something â€˜childrenâ€™s literatureâ€™, â€˜teen fictionâ€™,
etc? (Why) is literature less likely to be studied by literary scholars
and taken seriously by literary critics and commentators if it has such
â€¢ has the advent and flourishing of such kinds of literature from
the Victorian period onwards led to the labelling of stories with
fantastical, mythological, and perhaps other elements previously at home
in main-stream literature as childrenâ€™s literature, or as not â€˜seriousâ€™
literature? Is there anything inherently â€˜childishâ€™ in the appeal of
myths or other aspects of the Classical world?
Explorations of these and other relevant issues through discussion
focussed upon particular texts or authors, and papers directly addressing
methodological or other broader questions, will be equally welcome. The
above points are by no means intended to be exhaustive or prescriptive.
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