CFP: 19th-Century American Children's Lit (12/18/05; collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Monika Elbert

Submissions are invited for a proposed collection of essays on
nineteenth-century American children's literature and cultural
contexts. How is the social milieu embedded in children's fiction or
non-fiction? The following topics are suggestions, but the list is not
meant to be exhaustive.

Perceptions of race, gender, and class in children's periodicals or
children's books (single authors, or multiple authors, popular or
canonical); canonical vs. non-canonical children's writers; changing
concepts of success (materialism); children and work; children and
history (historical events, such as the Civil War, or mythologizing of
earlier American history); children and slavery; children and the urban
landscape; Transcendentalist or utopian children; children and holidays;
changing gender roles (New Woman, etc.); the changing nature of
child-rearing manuals; children and morality/religion, or changing
concepts of etiquette; children and pets; children on the frontier
(myths of the frontier); children's counter-culture to adult culture;
children and science/technology; children's fears (as recorded in the
many advice manuals, or advice columns, or embodied in cautionary
tales); children and vice/punishment; children and violence; children
and taboos; children and hero worship; children and adult classics
(reading); children's changing position within the family unit;
children's health/illness; perceptions of the immigrant child; Native
American children; African-American children; the sentimental/Romantic
vs. the Realistic child; changing views of education; children's ghost
stories; children's icons; children and food; children and global issues
(depictions of Africa, China); children and the Gilded Age;
intersections between juvenile and adult literature by canonical authors
(such as Chopin, Phelps, Davis, Hawthorne); literary or political
relationships between and among children's authors and editors of
children's periodicals.

Please send inquiries and abstracts (of two pages) via e-mail, by
December 18, 2005, to:
Monika Elbert (
Professor of English
Montclair State Univ.
Montclair, N.J. 07043
Final essays of 5,000-6,000 words will not be due until March 30, 2006.

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