Children's and Adolescent Literature at CEA 2014, March 27-29

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Call for Papers: Children's and Adolescent Literature at CEA 2014
March 27-29, 2014 | Baltimore, Maryland

Hyatt Regency
300 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 410-528-1234

The College English Association, a gathering of scholar-teachers in English studies, welcomes proposals for presentations on children's and adolescent literature for our 45th annual conference.

While we welcome essays pertaining to any area of children's and adolescent literature, we are particularly interested in explorations of "horizons" in children's and adolescent literature and culture, including rhetorical studies, books, films, digital texts, video games, and other media.

Deadline: November 1, 2013
Submit your proposal at

Conference Theme: Horizons
• Bernard of Chartres, "We are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a greater distance, not by virtue of any sharpness of sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size."

• Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe "The decline of literature indicates the decline of a nation."

• Dr. Samuel Johnson, "So different are the colours of life, as we look forward to the future, or backward to the past; and so different the opinions and sentiments which this contrariety of appearance naturally produces, that the conversation of the old and young ends generally with contempt or pity on either side."

• Washington Irving, "The land of literature is a fairy land to those who view it at a distance, but, like all other landscapes, the charm fades on a nearer approach, and the thorns and briars become visible."

• Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Fear not for the future, weep not for the past."

• Charlotte Bronte, "Memory in youth is active and easily impressible; in old age it is comparatively callous to new impressions, but still retains vividly those of earlier years."

• T. S. Eliot, "No poet, no artist of any art, has his complete meaning alone. His significance, his appreciation is the appreciation of his relation to the dead poets and artists."

• Willa Cather, "The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young."

• Robert Penn Warren, "The past is always a rebuke to the present."

For our 2014 meeting, CEA invites papers and panels that explore the literary, the pedagogical, and the professional "horizons" of our field.

General Call for Papers
CEA also welcomes proposals for presentations in any of the areas English departments typically encompass, including literature criticism and scholarship, creative writing, composition, technical communication, linguistics, and film. We also welcome papers on areas that influence our work as academics, including student demographics, student/instructor accountability and assessment, student advising, academic leadership in departments and programs, and the place of the English department in the university.

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2013

For more information on how to submit, please see the full CFP at

All presenters at the 2013 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2014. To join CEA, please go to

Other questions? Please email