Identity, Place and Environment in Literature for Young People: A One Day Colloquium Sept 29th, 2012

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University of Chichester
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Plenary Speaker – Ré Ó Laighléis author of Terror on the Burren, Battle on the Burren.

In ecocriticism, literature for young people has been an under-represented area. However, authors such as David Almond, Ré Ó Laighléis and Melvin Burgess have been writing about the relationship between the human and the 'more than human' in a number of highly acclaimed novels. The aim of this colloquium is to bring together writers, academics and students who are interested in the ways in which identity, place and environment feature in literature for young people.

We now invite papers and proposals that might relate, but are not restricted to, the following themes:

• Representations of nature in literature for young people;

• Environmentalism, politics and literature for young people;

• Issues of voicing nature in literature for young people;

• Opportunities for narrative or generic experimentation thrown up by examinations of nature in literature for young people;

• The importance of place in literature for young people.

Please send proposals for 20 minute papers for Dr Hugh Dunkerley, University of Chichester ( Closing date for proposals: June 1st, 2012