Containing Childhood: Space and Identity in Children’s Literature
American and English diasporic children’s literature plays a fundamental role in unconsciously reproducing the category of Self as white and male, and the rest of humankind as “Other.” Recent attempts to shift consciousness away from this include the hashtag #ownvoices coined on Twitter in 2015 by Corinne Duyvis, to use, she explains, “for whatever marginalized/diverse identity you want…and for whatever genre, category or form of art you want. As long as the protagonist and the author share a marginalized identity.” Of course, one marginalized identity no adult can share is that of a child. Still, we speak for children from their narrative viewpoints.
This will be an edited collection to be proposed for publication in the ChLA Centennial Studies series, which celebrates classic children’s texts, books that have stood the test of time and played a significant role in the development of the field. The editor invites chapter proposals of 350-500 words from a range of theoretical perspectives about The Velveteen Rabbit: Or How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams.
SCMS Members are invited to join a proposal for a new SCMS Scholarly Interest Group (SIG) on Material Play. An initial roster of at least 30 members is needed for a new SIG proposal to be considered, so if you are interested please send your name and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. SCMS members may participate in as many SIGs as they like and there are absolutely no obligations to membership (besides being included on the roster and mailing lists). The provisional mission statement is included below.
Contact: Jonathan Rey Lee
When Metaphors Are Used to Persuade: Characters, Worldview, and Rationales (RaAM-endorsed Panel at NeMLA, 5-8 March 2020, Boston, Massachusetts, USA)
NeMLA 2020 Boston
Please find the CFP for NeMLA’s 51st Annual Convention to be held in Boston, MA on March 5-8, 2020. Abstracts may be submitted by September 30, 2019 via the link provided:
Francophone Women Writers Representing Africa in Children’s Literature (WIF Session) https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18071
Tales, fables, fragments, sketches, and other short literary forms have comprised the fabric of scary stories told and re-told, adapted, transformed, appropriated and re-appropriated. Undoubtedly, much of their debt is owed to the oral yarn, the fireside tale, the urban legend, and many have, and remain, connected to a diverse and rich visual culture. The fragmented literary form integral to the early Gothic novel and played with by the Romantics is inspired by and influences other forms: the narrative painting or illustration capturing a scene, a moment; architectural ruins both physical and imaginary which simultaneously encapsulate a moment and a history.
Call for Papers
Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)
41st Annual Conference, February 19-22, 2020
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2019
Whatever Happened to Baby Cain?
Childhood Unbound, Childhood Tamed, Childhood Eternal
Growing up is a perennial feature of human societies. While anxieties surrounding childhood are universal, the manifestations of these concerns vary between cultures. This series of sessions proposes to shed light upon the nexus of ambiguity surrounding the medieval child, as depicted in contemporaneous literature. We invite abstracts for papers that will explore the representation of childhood in texts of any language, genre, and period within the Middle Ages. Topic may include, but are not limited to: