CFP: [Children] Special journal issue on didacticism in 18th-century children's literature

full name / name of organization: 
Adrianne Wadewitz
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The Lion and the Unicorn, a journal committed to a broad investigation
of children's literature, is inviting submissions for a special issue
devoted to the varieties of the didactic in the long eighteenth
century. Didacticism, often considered the dominant literary form of
much European and American eighteenth-century children's literature,
has been undertheorized. Possible topics might include:

What was the relationship between eighteenth-century pedagogy and didacticism?

How did children and adults read didactic texts as quintessentially
eighteenth-century readers?

What was the relationship between didactic children's literature and
other didactic eighteenth-century genres such as the novel, the
sermon, and the conduct book?

How were political ideologies, economic theories, and cultures shaped
by didacticism during the eighteenth century?

What constituted an aesthetics of didacticism during the eighteenth century?

Articles of 12-15 pages should be submitted by March 1, 2008 to the
editors for consideration for inclusion in the April 2009 special
issue of The Lion and the Unicorn. Essays should be submitted in .PDF
format using MLA style. Documents should be sent as an e-mail

Send submissions to:
Pamela Gay-White
Department of Languages and Literatures
Alabama State University


Adrianne Wadewitz
Department of English
Indiana University

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