CFP: Suburbia in Children's/YA Lit (3/15/07; M/MLA, 11/8/07-11/11/07)

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Gwen Tarbox
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  Midwest Modern Language Association Conference
  November 8 - 11, 2007
  The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
  Cleveland, OH
  Children's Literature: Suburbia in Children's and YA Literature
  One of the features of contemporary social theory is its interest in the particulars of everyday life – the manner in which "ordinary people" go about the business of living. In a recent essay, historian Ben Highmore argues that everyday life provides "the training ground for conformity," a concept has relevance for scholars of children's and YA literature, given that most texts written in the genre are set in the suburbs – the epicenter of "everyday life." The panel seeks to explore the uses that children's/YA literature authors make of suburban settings. Please send a 200-word abstract and a paragraph biographical sketch (as a word attachment) by March 15, 2007 to Dr. Gwen Tarbox at

Dr. Gwen Athene Tarbox
Graduate Director
Department of English
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5331
Telephone: 269-387-2584
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