Nostalgia and Children's Literature 03/15/10 for the 2011 MLA Convention

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Lee Talley
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From the turn of the twentieth century's reverence for nostalgia to contemporary criticism's concern with the way it distorts, nostalgia has been a central part of children's literature and theory. Is nostalgia critically productive? To what ends does nostalgia work? Papers examining nostalgia's role in criticism or using nostalgia as the theoretical lens through which to read specific works of children's literature from any era are welcome. Please send 500 word proposals to Lee Talley at by March 15, 2010.