"Global Progeny: Medievalisms in Children's and Young Adults' Literature" - (Kalamazoo 2010)

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The Scholarly Community for the Globalization of the Middle Ages (SCGMA)
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Children's and young adults' fantasy works are often rife with
medievalisms, and in the past few decades the impact of globalization has emerged in the expanding scope of fantasy worlds.

For example, children's literature often features a big desert to the south inhabited by turbaned, scimitar-wielding neighbors who are typically enemies. In recent years, these "others" have been brought to the forefront and are heroes/allies rather than villains.

Tamora Pierce's feminist children's fantasy series Protector of the Small, for instance, includes a cultural exchange with the "Yamani Islands'—basically a representative of medieval Japan. In addition, Linda Sue Park' book A Single Shard (2002 Newberry Medal winner) details the life of a girl in mid- to late- 12th century Korea, while Kevin Crossley Holland writes about a boy's experiences on the Fourth Crusade, and a girl's on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, in his Arthur trilogy and its companion book, Gatty's Tale.

While we've detailed modern interpretations in this proposal, this session invites papers not only on modern re-interpretations of global perspectives of the medieval, but also presentations on medieval fantasy texts written outside of Britain/Europe addressed to or focused on children and young adults.

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract for a 20 minute paper to gabriel gryffyn (ggryffyn.cms@gmail.com) by 15 September 2009.