CFP: L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables and the Idea of "Classic" (6/30/07; 6/25/08-6/29/08)

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M Elizabeth DeBlois
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Call for Proposals – 8th International Conference on Montgomery
Prince Edward Island, Canada
June 25-29, 2008

L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, and the Idea of "Classic"

Imagine Pippi Longstocking, Heidi, Nancy Drew, Tom Sawyer, Tarzan,
and Harry Potter at one gathering. What is a classic and what popular
books will become classics? In 2008, we invite you to consider AGG,
LMM, and the very idea of "classic" itself. What does the word
"classic" mean to young readers today and why does this matter? You
may want to consider AGG in relation to other phenomenally best-
selling books that had or have a cross-generational appeal but did
not or may not last through time; you may want to think about AGG
readers as part of a "fandom" and how this readership compares with
other fandoms. Why has Anne of Green Gables been around for 100
years? Will it make it for another 100? What do classics tell us
about perceptions of gender and class?

Join us in June of 2008 for an international celebration of
imagination and creativity and for a critique of the meaning and
power of the (popular) designation "classic."

Please send one-page abstracts (no more, please) and a short, one-
paragraph biographical sketch to the L.M. Montgomery Institute
(address information below) either electronically or by mail.
Deadline for submissions: June 30, 2007

L.M. Montgomery Institute
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PE
Tel: (902) 628-4346
Fax: (902) 628-4345

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