MLA 2011: Names in Children's and Young Adult Literature

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Keith Dorwick
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For much of its history, literature written for young people has been concerned with the idea of names. One might think of the conversation between the White Knight and Alice in which what a song is called is sharply (if nonsensically) distinguished from its name, or of Ged's long search for his own shadow's name. For this panel, a collaboration between the American Name Society and the MLA Division for Children's Literature, co-chairs Keith Dorwick of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Donna Lillian, East Carolina University, seek five hundred word abstracts. Successful abstracts will explore the use of names in literature written for children or young adults, particularly examining primary sources from around the world (including but not merely the "canonical West") that reflect a wide cultural, ethnic or linguistic diversity in both children's and young adult fiction and non-fiction, whether disseminated in print or other media. Speakers may use a variety of theoretical tools and disciplinary approaches; however, mere close readings of a text are discouraged.

500 word abstracts in rtf or pdf format to both Keith Dorwick( and Donna Lillian ( by March 1, 2010. Inquiries to the co-editors are welcome.