In the last two decades, Young Adult (YA) literature has become increasingly popular; both the YA fan base and YA publishing imprints have continued to grow at a time when many other subsets of book publishing are shrinking. Debates about whether YA literature qualifies as “High Art” or is always relegated beyond an arbitrary boundary to be “Low Art” are ongoing. Regardless of those debates, YA literature and its adaptations dominate popular culture.
BFS Journal 18
BFS Journal 18 is due out in October/November
The journal is a mix of articles and is keen to accept submissions from people who want to write about fantasy, horror and science fiction. Our focus is primarily the former, but our readers have interests across all three genres.
Academic articles for the BFS Journal should be between 2500 and 6000 words. We prefer nearer the former, as this is about the size of a conference paper. References in the text should be (Author, Date of Edition: Page Number) with a full publication listing for the bibliography given for each article at the end. Please don't use footnotes in your submissions.
Humors. Passions. Sentiments. Sensibilities. Feelings. Emotions. Affect. Are they natural, learned, culturally scripted? Are they embodied, biochemical, contagious? Are they personal, interpersonal, social? Are they rational or impulsive? Are they good or dangerous? Can they be controlled? How are they framed similarly or differently in relation to identity categories (e.g. gender, age, race, class, nation)? How do textual forms function to generate them for readers?
Past, Present, Future: Medieval Monsters and Their Afterlives
Sponsored by The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
10-13 May 2018
Proposals due by 15 September 2017
Call For Papers: Ethics and Choice in the Works of Terry Pratchett
Ed. Kristin Noone and Emily Lavin Leverett
(This is for the same volume Kristin sent out before, if you saw that!)
Children and Childhood Studies (CCS) focuses on the societal, cultural, and political forces that shape the lives of children and the concept of childhood contemporaneously and throughout history. CCS research may originate in any discipline, including: the humanities, the behavioral and social sciences, or the hard sciences. We especially encourage multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary research.
I am currently seeking chapter submissions for an edited volume celebrating the centenary in 2026 of A. A. Milne’s The World of Pooh. As classics from the “golden age” of children’s literature, Milne’s Pooh stories have received considerable attention from critics and fans over the years; however, less critical attention has been devoted to the continuing relevance of the Pooh phenomenon in contemporary children’s culture. As recent critics have discussed, the Pooh stories are complex and multifaceted, written in many different modes and employing a vast array of different narrative styles and techniques; they have also undergone transformation and adaptation into a plethora of related cultural artefacts.
Sensing Poverty: Visions of Vulnerable Children
All papers considering representations of impoverished children within fiction or film
will be considered for this panel. Topics relating to the conference theme of sight, visuality, visibility,
and ways of seeing are especially encouraged.
Representations of poverty and childhood within novels, comics, or films will be the subject of this
proposed panel. Topics relating to the conference theme of sight, visuality, visibility, and ways of seeing
are especially encouraged. Proposed papers may consider the experience of poverty (hunger, disease,
violence) for children; the use of language to create imagery and inspire empathy; interconnections with
Portal Fantasies offer a unique way to comment on the current political situation, in their capacity as invented worlds with a permeable gateway to our own. The portal can act as a funhouse mirror, reflecting our own world back to us in grotesque and illuminating ways, or it can offer stark contrasts to our own world which often take the form of escapist, superior alternatives. This session, a direct thematic response to the NeMLA 2018 conference theme of "Global Spaces, Local Landscapes and Imagined Worlds," invites papers that explore how authors have used the portal fantasy to comment on the politics of our world in various ways.
Research papers are invited for an edited book on
THE MYRIAD SHADES OF MOTHERHOOD: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND LITERARY INTERPRETATIONS