from Kassie Clark . . . SDSU Children's Literature Alum were well represented at this year's 2009 PAMLA (Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association) conference in San Francisco this November. Kim Kennelly, now lecturing at San Diego Miramar College and making occasional appearances at SDSU in various capacities, presented a paper on villainous characters in Children's Literature. Her paper entitled, "Putting the Bad Guy in His Place: categorizing Villainy in Children's Literature" was well received and generated extensive discussion and enthusiasm. Kassie Clark, now pursuing her doctorate in English at The University of Texas at Austin presented her paper, entitled "Debunking the Femi-Nazi Mystique: Generational Feminisms in Coraline" for the newly formed panel on Film Studies.
The 2010 PAMLA conference will be held in Hawai'i at Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawai'i on Saturday and Sunday, November 13-14. Special session deadlines are December 15th. Contact Craig Svonkin, PAMLA Executive Director, with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org .