CFP: [Children] Mary Grant Bruce and the Australian Classic "Billabong Series"

full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Karen Patricia Smith

Mary Grant Bruce (1878-1958) is best remembered for her series of fifteen
novels referred to as the "Billabong" series, written between 1910 and
1942. These works portray adventurous child protagonists, dynamic
portrayals of family/friend interactions and mesmerizing presentations of
Australian bush life.This paper call seeks proposals on a variety of topics
specifically related to the Billabong series, for a collection of scholarly
essays to be considered for publication as part of the Children's
Literature Association/Scarecrow Press Centennial series. Respondents are
invited to consider as proposal examples, any of the following topics:
portrayals of play and adventure; gender roles (both conformity to, and
independence from traditional roles); emotional and physical isolation as
seen in bush life; dispute mediation in family/friend relationships;
economic issues and effects upon children and adults; concepts of
domestic/environmental space; attitudes towards, and treatment of wildlife;
stereotypical portrayals of Australian Aboriginal people and other minority
groups; the presentation and role of food in the series; concepts of work
and work ethic; conceptual frameworks of male/female education; the romance
of the natural setting. Other topics related to the series will also be
considered. Theoretical approaches are particularly welcome. Proposals
should be 1-2 pages in length and are due no later than May 1, 2009.
Respond to: Dr. Karen Patricia Smith, 89 North Broadway, Unit #117, White
Plains, New York 10603 or e mail:

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