CFP: Childhood in Edwardian Fiction (11/17/06; collection)

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Childhood in Edwardian Fiction
(Collection of Critical Essays)

We are seeking proposals for critical essays on Childhood in Edwardian Fiction
(1901-1914). The Edwardian period is often portrayed as an age of innocence,
but it was also a time when Victorian moral attitudes were being challenged
either overtly or covertly. It was also a time when perceptions of childhood
were rapidly and significantly changing. Children were no longer to be seen
and not heard but were the focus of increasing cultural, literary,
anthropological and social interest. This collection is interested in
assessing literary responses to Edwardian childhood by examining the ways in
which childhood is captured in significant texts of the period. We are
interested in essays that consider childhood as it is revealed in fiction
written for children or for adults or both readerships. Indeed we particularly
wish to encourage approaches which are not bound by artificial distinctions
between adult and children's fiction.

We envisage that completed essays will be 7,000-7,500 words in length and due
in September 2007.

Please email 500-word proposals and a short biography by 17 November 2006 to
BOTH editors:

Adrienne Gavin

Andrew Humphries

Dr Adrienne Gavin
Reader in English
Department of English
Canterbury Christ Church University
Kent CT1 1QU

Andrew Humphries
Senior Lecturer
Department of Education
Canterbury Christ Church University
Kent CT1 1QU

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