Child and Childhood in Fiction, April 15, 2014

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Dr. Suman/Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi
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A child is thought to be an innocent figure, an inactive persona in fiction. S/he is someone who is acted upon and hardly ever reacts in turn, almost a mute and ignorant individual who remains marginalized or largely absent in literature. Though an important part of any society, the children are more or less seem to be missing from the "adult" literature. Fiction that does not cater to the children as readers appeared to have forgotten the child as a character worthy of being written about.

This call for papers for an edited volume on the theme of the figure of Child and Childhood seeks to engage with these and related issues. Original research articles are invited on the theme of the Child in fictional narratives, related but not restricted to:
Presences and Absences;
Child in fiction, fiction in Child;
Gendered and sexualized Child;
Innocent and not so innocent Child;
Agency and the Child;
Nation and the Child;
Ideology and Child.

Submissions of short paper proposals, maximum 500 words, should be made by April 15, 2014 to

Dr. Suman
Assistant Professor, English Literature
Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi (IIT Mandi)
Mandi, Himachal Pradesh -175001

The tentative date for the final papers would be the first week of September 2014