Fifth International Conference on Literary Juvenilia - June 15-17, 2017

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University of North Alabama Centre for British Studies
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As the cold water gushed forth, filling the mug, I spelled "w-a-t-e-r"
in Helen's free hand…. She dropped the mug and stood as one transfixed. A new light came into her face.

On April 5, 1887, in Tuscumbia, Alabama, Anne Sullivan wrote these words to describe the moment at which her pupil, Helen Keller, "learned that everything has a name," the moment when she discovered a universe of knowledge contained within a small stream of water.
For Fifth International Conference on Literary Juvenilia, scholars of literary juvenilia will converge in Florence, Alabama to share emerging scholarship in the field of literary juvenilia. We invite proposals for individual papers (20 minutes in length) and/or full panels of three speakers and a chair, on any aspect of literary juvenilia.
We particularly welcome proposals on our conference theme, "Microcosms." Possible topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:
• School magazines (such as Microcosm, published by students at Eton) and family magazines
• Schoolroom as microcosm of the larger world
• Family as microcosm of the larger world
• This little globe: family theatricals
• Small spaces, small bodies, big ideas
• Fragments, outlines, unfinished texts
• Literary juvenilia as containing the adult oeuvre in embryo (or not)
• Matters of scale and size as literary subject
• Matters of scale and size of the material object produced by the young writer
• Models, miniatures, and maps
• Alternative worlds
• Literary juvenilia as prolepsis: feeling "the future in the instant"
• The appeal of the small: stories about animals or "the little people"

Please send your proposal of not more than 300 words, accompanied with a bio of not more than 150 words, to by 15 September 2016, with the subject header "CfP Proposal_YOUR NAME." Proposals for full panels should include a separate proposal and bio for each paper, as well as a brief overview of the panel. We undertake to provide you with a response by mid-November 2016.

Microcosms: Fifth International Conference on Literary Juvenilia is hosted by the University of North Alabama, with support from the Office of the Vice-President Affairs and Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Departments of History and English, and the UNA Centre for British Studies, as well as Juvenilia Press (UNSW, Sidney, Australia).