[UPDATE] Epistolary Children’s and Young Adult Literature (MLA Chicago 2014)

full name / name of organization: 
Modern Language Association
contact email: 
rls@fdu.edu

Epistolary Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Children’s and Young Adult literature is replete with first person narratives told through journals or letters in order to create a sense of immediacy and the semblance of truth. The narrative strategies these texts employ seek to replicate or comment ironically on the nonfictional genres of autobiography and memoir. And often readers more comfortably relate to and empathize with first person protagonists.

But what are the problems of epistolary fiction? How do we interpret and analyze these structures and styles when the different modalities are becoming obsolete given our 21st-centry technological moment? This panel is sponsored by the MLA Children’s Literature Division but is not guaranteed. The 2014 MLA will be held in Chicago, January 9-12.

2 page abstracts to Dr. Robyn Schiffman, rls@fdu.edu, by March 15, 2013.

cfp categories: 
childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
interdisciplinary
popular_culture