Is there a “Light in the Attic”? : Exploring Children’s Poetry (abstracts due May 31st)

full name / name of organization: 
Children's Literature Discussion Circle (SAMLA)
contact email: 
megleroy@ufl.edu

Is there a “Light in the Attic”? : Exploring Children’s Poetry
Several scholars have tried to make the case for children’s poetry, attempting to highlight and restore many poets who wrote for children (Steven Withrow’s new blog, Poetry at Play, being a recent example). However, children’s poetry still stands in the back of the classroom and in the crevices of the scholarly imagination. Beyond the playful verses of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein, what is the place of children’s poetry in contemporary children’s literature studies? How is children’s poetry unique? How do we define children’s poetry/poetics? This year’s SAMLA Children’s Literature Discussion Panel seeks papers that address any issue involving children’s poetry with a particular interest in topics that address the conference theme. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

-- children’s poetry and play
-- children’s poetry and the importance of form, meter, and rhyme
-- children’s poetry as stories of exile
-- children’s poetry and tales of travel
-- children’s poetry and gender identity
--memoirs and narratives of children’s poets
-- children’s poetry and race
-- children’s poetry and social activism
--difference between children’s and “adult” poetry
-- children’s poetry and issues of credibility
--the child as poet
--children’s poetry as myth/fairy tale
-- digital poetics for children
--children’s poetry as memoir

Please send abstracts of 300-500 words as a Word document by May 31, 2012 to Megan Leroy at megleroy@ufl.edu. SAMLA 2012 will be held November 9-11, 2012 in Research Triangle Park, Durham, NC.

cfp categories: 
childrens_literature
poetry