Bookbird Special Issue: Queerness and Children's Literature

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Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature

Deadline date:
15 January 2013

Call for Papers: Queerness and Children's Literature

The international children's literature journal Bookbird invites submissions for a Special Issue on queerness and children's literature. Over past two decades in particular, interest in the intersection between the representation of children and queerness has been steadily growing. In the past several years, several volumes have stimulated this growth: Curiouser: On the Queerness of Children edited by Steven Bruhm and Natasha Hurley ((2004), The Queer Child by Kathryn Bond Stockton (2009), Over the Rainbow edited by Michelle Ann Abate and Kenneth Kidd (2011), and Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children's Literature by Tison Pugh (2011). The editor and guest editor invite proposals for articles of 4000 words which explore queerness and children's literature. Suggested topics might include (but are not limited to):
Nation, empire, queerness
Queerness and cultural difference
National children's literature and queerness
Translation and queerness
Homophobia, violence, and/or bullying
"Innocence" and queerness
Gender, nation, queerness
Censorship and sexuality

Titles and abstracts of 250 words should be sent to both editors by 15 JANUARY 2013: Roxanne Harde ( and guest editor, Laura Robinson ( Final articles will be expected by 15 MAY 2013. Please see Bookbird's website at for full submission details.
Papers which are not accepted for this issue will be considered for later issues of Bookbird.