CFP: The Fantastic in Children's and Young Adult Literature (11/30/05; 3/15/06-3/19/06)

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Christine Mains
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The Fantastic in Children's and Young Adult Literature and Art
Drawn by the Fantastic
27th Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
March 15-19, 2006
Wyndham Ft. Lauderdale Airport Hotel
Dania, Florida

Guest of Honor: Charles Vess
Guest Scholar: M. Thomas Inge
Special Guest Writer: Kathleen Ann Goonan

Deadline for Submissions: November 30, 2005

The International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, held each
March in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is a gathering of scholars, editors,
writers, artists, and poets interested in discussion of fantasy, science
fiction, and horror in literature, film and television, and other forms
of popular culture. The conference is sponsored by the International
Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, an academic association with
members from many different countries, with areas of interest divided into
seven divisions, including a Division for Children's and Young Adult
Literature and Art.

The focus of ICFA-27 is on the fantastic in media other than the written
word or film, including comics and graphic novels, web design and photo
manipulation, cover art and illustration, picture books and pulps, film
posters and CD covers, trading cards and tarot cards, cityscapes and
landscapes, maps and tattoos and costuming, not to mention the stuff you
hang on walls.

Proposals are being solicited for the Children's and Young Adult Division.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Genres and Artifacts:
Pop-up books
Picture books
Disney comics
Gold Key comics
Trading Cards
Action Figures
Kit Art
Books as toys
video games
Computer games

Authors and Artists:
Garth Nix
Philip Pullman
C. S. Lewis
J. K. Rowling
The fantasy works of Virginia Hamilton
The young adult novels of Walter Dean Myers
Frederic Wertham

 From novel to film: Harry Potter, Narnia, and The Hobbit
Harry Potter film posters
Illustrated classic literature for children, especially comic book
Print and illustration history of children's literature (for example,
_The Hobbit_)

Identity and children's literature (sexual identity, ethnic identity,
political identity)
Discipline and children's literature
Historical contextualizations of children's literature, particularly in
the mode of the fantastic
Histories of YA comic narrative

Contact: To submit a paper or panel proposal in the area of the
fantastic in children's and young adult literature and art: Division
Head Joe Sutliff Sanders, POT 1215, University of Kentucky, Lexington,
KY 40506-0027 (DR.JOESS_at_GMAIL.COM)

In addition, we look forward to papers on the work of Guest of Honor
Charles Vess, Guest Scholar M. Thomas Inge, and Special Guest Writer
Kathleen Ann Goonan.

As always, we also welcome proposals for individual papers and for
academic sessions and panels on any aspect of the fantastic in any media.

The deadline for submission of proposals is November 30, 2005.

Keep checking for updated information on the association,
conference guests, registration, and submission information, as well as
further details on suggested topics for academic papers and panels.

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