CFP: [Children] ChLA sponsored session at MLA 2009

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Jordana Hall
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Malevolent Metafiction: Good Books Gone Bad
Children's literature includes abundant examples of heroes and heroines
who seek knowledge, solace, and even friendship within the pages of
books. Many authors, however, demonstrate the seductive lure and hidden
dangers inherent in the reading process. Works like China Mieville's Un
Lun Dun use metafiction to warn readers of the reality of reading as
enculturation. This panel considers the role of metafiction in
encouraging young readers to question authority figures, printed or
otherwise, within these treacherous texts. Topics include metafiction as
ineffective or threatening authority figures, metafiction as
enculturation, and metafiction as subversion. Send one page abstracts of
300-350 words to Jordana Hall, Literature and Languages, Texas A&M U-
Commerce, PO Box 3011, Commerce, TX 75429, or by
March 1, 2009.

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