[UPDATE] American Childhoods: Representations of Childhood in pre-1900 American Literature
Whether they appear in literary works intended for adults or for children, and whether they are "real" or fictional, child characters are almost always the product of adult imaginings. What kinds of "cultural work" do child characters do in literary works? How is gender performed by these characters? How is national identity formed? This panel seeks papers which address these issues or others centered on the representation of children and childhood in American literary texts before 1900.
American Literature I (pre-1900)
Atlanta, Nov. 5-7, 2010
Inquiries and/or abstracts of 250 words may be sent to Chris Nesmith at: cnesmith[at]sc.edu.
Submission deadline: June 1, 2010