UPDATE: [Children] The Formative Years: Children's Literature in the University - Graduate Student Conference at NYU

full name / name of organization: 
Spencer D. C. Keralis
contact email: 

Deadline extended to January 15th, 2009.

the FALES LIBRARY are pleased to announce a two-day Graduate Student
Conference on Children's Literature entitled "THE FORMATIVE YEARS:
CHILDREN"S LITERTURE IN THE UNIVERSITY" to be held at the Fales Library
March 26-27, 2009. The conference will feature a Keynote Address by KAREN

>From Harry Potter to Phillip Pullman, Winnie the Pooh to Olivia the Pig,
literature for children commands a significant place in the literary
marketplace and in popular culture, yet children’s and young adult
literature remain under-theorized components of traditional literary
criticism. Recent works by scholars such as Leonard Marcus, Seth Lerer, and
others, as well as the publication of more comprehensive anthologies, have
initiated the process of writing children's literature into the canon of
humanist study. This conference is meant to provide an opportunity for
graduate students to explore the interpretive potential of contemporary
critical methods in relation to children's and young adult literature. A
component of each paper may deal with "experiential autobiography,"
allowing developing scholars to consider themselves as readers and critics,
consumers and researchers, of children's literature, and to reflect on how
this influences their scholarship, or on the strategies they as scholars
deploy to resist or avoid such influence.


Proposals for 20-minute papers may address the following topics, among many

* Adult Appropriations of Children's and Young Adult Literature: Gossip
Girl, Karen Finley's Pooh Unplugged, etc.
* Alternative Literacies: New Media and the Formation of Readers
* Children and Animals
* Children's Book Publishing, Marketing and Textual Formations
* Children's Holocaust Literature
* Children and Genocide
* Experiential Autobiography - the critic as reader - and Critical Thought
* Geographies and Material Cultures of Childhood: Classroom, Playground,
Toys, and Tech
* Medieval and Early Modern Childhoods
* National or Historical Pedagogy
* Postcolonial and Multicultural Childhoods
* Sexuality and Gender in Young Adult Fiction
* Single Author Studies: Roald Dahl, Maurice Sendak, Henry Darger, etc.

Graduate Students, please email your 200-300 word abstract and CV to the
New York University Children's Literature Conference at
kidlitnyu_at_gmail.com by January 15, 2009.

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