Child Protagonists in [German] Literature and Film

full name / name of organization: 
Women in German and Children's Literature Divisions, MLA
contact email: 
malasa@camden.rutgers.edu

Call for Papers: Women in German (WiG) and Children's Literature Division of the MLA co-sponsored panel for the Modern Language Association Annual Conference (Boston, January 3-6, 2013)

Child Protagonists in [German] Literature and Film

This panel seeks papers on literature and films of the 20th century that portray children and youth (especially girls) in Germany and other European countries. In contrast to the stereotypically naïve image of children, literary and filmic child protagonists often demonstrate agency and the ability to operate independently of adults. We invite paper proposals that consider children and youth in this role. Genres may include travel literature, adventure, and fantasy; presenters may choose to focus on German-language texts or films, works in translation, or English-language texts or films dealing with (German-speaking) Europe. Presentations on works by German-speaking women, writers in exile, and minority writers are particularly welcome. Send abstracts (maximum 250 words) by March 15, 2012 to Jennifer Redmann, Franklin & Marshall College (jennifer.redmann@fandm.edu) and Lara Saguisag, Rutgers University (malasa@camden.rutgers.edu). (Note: this is not a guaranteed panel).

cfp categories: 
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
film_and_television
interdisciplinary
popular_culture
romantic
twentieth_century_and_beyond