CFP: [Children] The Wind in the Willows

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Donna R. White
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In honor of the 100th anniversary of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the
Willows, Jackie C. Horne and Donna R. White are soliciting essays for a
proposed volume in the Children’s Literature Association’s Centennial
Studies Series. The series seeks to reexamine children’s classics from a
contemporary perspective. All critical and theoretical approaches are
welcome. Possible topics include the following:

• The relationship between The Wind in the Willows and Grahame’s
other writing (for children or for adults)
• Social class considerations that move beyond lower/middle/upper
labeling; setting the novel’s construction of class within the historical
context of England in 1908
• Pantheism in the period
• The influence of the Yellow Book circle on The Wind in the Willows
• Grahame and the fantasy tradition; the fantastic/sublime in the
world of the Riverbank
• Reconsiderations of the pastoral; the appeal of technology
• Toad and his “crazes” in the context of psychoanalysis in the
opening decade of the 20th century
• Homosociality
• The construction of masculinity
• Animals as actors vs. animals as foodâ€"what determines subjectivity
in the world of the Riverbank?
• The role of art/storytelling and the artist
• Issues of implied audience; the novel as a double/multi-voiced
• The construction of the narrative
• The aesthetics of Graham’s writing; poetry/song in The Wind in the
• A. A. Milne’s stage adaptation (Toad of Toad Hall) or other stage
• Film and television adaptations
• Analyses of sequels or revisionings of Grahame’s Riverbank (Jan
Needle’s Wild Wood; William Horwood’s The Willows in Winter)
• Abridgments: what they take out and why
• E. H. Shepard’s illustrations; analyses of others’ illustrations
• New media and The Wind in the Willows

Deadline for abstracts: November 30, 2007. Completed articles will be due
by June 30, 2008. Please send abstracts of 250-500 words by email or snail
mail to the following co-editor:

Dr. Donna R. White
Department of English
Arkansas Tech University
Russellville, AR 72801

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