Immigration, Refuge, and Exile in American Children's Literature, May 24-27, 2012

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American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, CA
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This panel explores how experiences of immigration, refuge or exile have been told through American children's literature. How have these experiences been passed on through storytelling, folklore, folktales, poetry, picture books or other forms of children's literature, such as video games and other forms of digital media? How has global cultural awareness influenced identity understanding in children's and young adult literature? What questions do these topics lead us to ask about authenticity, relevance, and specificity in story depiction in literature? What other questions are raised?

Please send panel proposals or paper abstracts (250-500 words) by January 15, 2012 to Linda Salem and Dorothy Clark
Please include academic rank and affiliation and AV requests