CFP: [Religion] Childhood in its Time: The Child in British Literature (1/11/08 for 03/28-29/09)

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Adrienne Gavin and Andrew Humphries


Childhood in its Time:
The Child in British Literature

A two-day international conference to be held at
Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent, UK

Saturday-Sunday 28-29 March 2009
Keynote Speakers:

Professor Warren Chernaik, University of London
Professor Hugh Cunningham, University of Kent
Professor Kimberley Reynolds, Newcastle University

Both the history of childhood and attention to the child in literature
are rapidly expanding areas of research. Childhood in its Time seeks to
trace how the history of childhood in Britain is reflected, portrayed, or
even created, in literature from the medieval period to the present day.
The conference is particularly interested in how literary childhood is
represented within its historical period and in how such representations
develop over time. Papers are sought which discuss children or childhood
in British literature within a specific historical context. We seek
papers on both children’s literature and on the portrayal of childhood in
adult texts.

Interested in the concept of childhood in British literature, i.e., not
adolescence or the teenage experience, the organizers welcome proposals
for papers or panels on topics including, but not limited to:

• The child in works by Chaucer and other Medieval writers
• Childhood in Renaissance and Early Modern texts
• The Shakespearean child
• Eighteenth-century interpretations of children
• Romantic childhood
• Children in Victorian literature
• Edwardian literature’s cult of childhood
• The child in modern and contemporary literature

Please email to BOTH conference organizers: and, a
250 to 300-word proposal for a conference paper of 20 minutes or a
proposal for a panel (including the proposals of three speakers each
giving papers of 20 minutes). Please also email a 150-word biography and
provide your name, academic affiliation (if applicable), contact email
address, and state whether you need any facilities or equipment to
deliver your proposed paper.

Deadline for Proposals: 11 January 2009

Dr Adrienne Gavin
Department of English and Language Studies
Canterbury Christ Church University

Andrew Humphries
Department of Education
Canterbury Christ Church University

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