Scotland and Children's Literature in the Nineteenth Century

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Sara Dunnigan, English Literature, University of Edinburgh
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Call for Papers

Scottish Children's Literature in the Nineteenth Century

Nineteenth-century Scotland holds a unique place in the history of children's literature, the birthplace of celebrated émigré writers, including R. L. Stevenson, George MacDonald, and J. M. Barrie. It was also the home of publishers and printers who produced prodigious amounts of books and other reading material for children, many of which are now considered classics. However, the subject of nineteenth-century Scottish children's literature remains a relatively untold story, despite the individual fame of those celebrated writers and sporadic attempts to uncover more regional writers. The figure of the child as reader, consumer, and imaginative subject 'in Scotland' pre-twentieth century is yet to be investigated in depth and detail. The idea or possibility of (a) 'Scottish children's literature' is frequently subsumed into the twin critical histories of British and European children's literature. How might it be conceptualised as a distinctive and cohesive cultural and artistic phenomenon? How might we reconsider or recontextualise the work of individual writers in a diversity of genres and mediums (poets, short story writers, journalists etc.)?
The proposed volume, Scotland and Children's Literature in the Nineteenth Century, aims to freshly reconfigure the imaginative and cultural narratives of Scotland and children's literature in the long nineteenth century. The editors therefore invite scholarly essays which explore Scottish children's writing, the literary construction of 'the child', and the culture of childhood in the nineteenth century. Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

Children's Story Books, Chapbooks, Picture Books, Magazines, and School Books Produced in or Related to Scotland in the 19th Century
Children and Childhood in 19th Century Scottish Periodicals
History of Children's Books in 19th Century Scotland
Didactic, Instructional, and Pedagogical Approaches
Fantastic, Fanciful, or Fin-de-siècle Writing for Children
Scottish Writer, Publisher, or Illustrator for Children and Youth
Scots Language Writing for Children
The Representation of Childhood Experience in Scotland

Interested contributors should please send a 500-word abstract (as an attachment in Word), short biography and contact information to Dr Sarah Dunnigan (English Literature, University of Edinburgh, UK; or Dr Shu-Fang Lai (Foreign Languages and Literature, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan; by 15th July 2013.