CFP: Potter as Bibliotherapy (3/1/06; RMMLA, 10/12/06-10/14/06)

full name / name of organization: 
A. Mary Murphy
contact email: 

<>The following call for papers is for a pre-approved special topic
session to be included as part of the RMMLA annual conference to be held
in Tucson, Arizona, October 12-14, 2006. Presenters must be current in
2006 RMMLA dues by April 1. Presenters also are required to pay the
applicable convention registration fee. Information may be found at

Submissions are welcomed for "Potter as Bibliotherapy: Reading Harry for
the Cure." Bibliotherapy is a common casual social practice, when people
recommend books to each other on the basis of perceived links between
events in books and in people's lives. As a psychological tool,
bibliotherapy is most often used to help children or youths process
issues and problems. However, the curative benefits of reading are not
confined to the very young. The Harry Potter books explore the
psychological and social injuries of early childhood loss, bullying,
child abuse, racism, and so on. Through the stages of bibliotherapy, the
reader--child or adult--identifies with situations and characters and
has a cathartic experience. This session seeks to explore the
therapeutic function of J.K. Rowling's books. Proposals of approximately
250 words should be pasted into the body of an e-mail message and sent
to amary DOT murphy AT stmu DOT ab DOT ca.

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