Southern Studies and Children's Literature

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Children’s Literature Association Conference Panel (Southern Studies):
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Children's Literature Association Conference Panel (Southern Studies):

June 19-21, 2014; Columbia, South Carolina

We invite paper abstracts for a panel focused on children's literature, and the U.S. South, broadly conceived. This year's ChLA conference takes as its theme the concept of diversity, so we are especially interested in papers that speak to this issue in the context of the American South. Possible interpretations of the theme include (but are certainly not limited to):

-Southern children's authors
-Canonical Southern authors and artists who have written or illustrated stories, poems, or books for children
-authors outside of the South that write, or have written, about the region
-Evolving representations of the South in U.S. children's books
-Representations of the U.S. South in international books for children
-the relationship between author and illustrator, as well as publisher in Southern-themed texts
-the political subtext of works about the U.S. South aimed at children
-the Civil Rights Movement and its effect on the creation and publication of works about the South
-the U.S. South and the historical novel
-the Southern economy and children's literature
-migratory movements into and out of the South and their depiction in children's literature
-Southern urbanization
-Depictions of race and ethnicity that complicate a Black/White paradigm in children's books about the South (e.g., Jews, Muslims, Latinos, and Asian-Americans in the South)

The deadline for submissions is November 30th.

Paper abstracts of 200-250 words and CVs should be sent to

Information on this year's ChLA conference can be found at: