CFP: Children in Adult Literature (3/7/07; MLA '07)

full name / name of organization: 
Cannady, Laurie J.
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"A New Angle of Ageism: Examining the Presence and Function of Children
in Adult Literature" is a special session which will be proposed for the
MLA 2007 Conference to be held in Chicago on December 27-30.

As a critical approach, ageism tends to focus on the aged and the
discrimination that they face within American society. Despite its
attempts to examine prejudices against any individual or group because
of age, adolescence and pre-pubescence have essentially been excluded
from the discussion of ageist discrimination.
This panel welcomes essays that address ageism as it applies to
adolescence and pre-pubescence in adult literature. Special emphasis
should be placed on the depiction of child protagonists/antagonists in
adult literature, the function of children within texts, and/or the
process of "writing" and "reading" children in adult literature. Essays
that examine the discrimination and oppression that adolescents and
pre-pubescent children suffer within American society and literature
will also be considered.

This special session panel will be proposed by the April 1, 2007
deadline. Notification of MLA acceptance will occur in the summer. If
your proposal is accepted, you must join MLA by April 7, 2007.
Abstracts should be between 350-500 words. A curriculum vitae is also
required. All submissions should be sent by March 7, 2007 to Laurie
Cannady via email at and Lauri Chose at
Hard submissions will be accepted, but electronic submissions are
preferred. In addition, all submissions will be considered for a
collection of essays on children's issues in adult literature. This
project is currently in the planning stages.

Laurie Cannady
Assistant Professor of English
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, Raub 402
Lock Haven, PA 17745

Lauri Chose
Instructor of English
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA 15705

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