Saturday, November 16, 2013

3rd Panel for Children's Literature Society at the ALA Conference

Last week we listed the CFPs for two panels that the Children's Literature Society is holding at the American Literature Association's 25th Annual Conference. They now have a third panel as well, and are accepting proposal submissions for it:

Who: Children’s Literature Society
When: May 22-25, 2014
Where: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2014

Panel # 3:   Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in the Nineteenth Century
Childhood studies had been steadily growing as an important field in US nineteenth-century literature and culture, complicating our understanding of the boundary between adult and child and asking what happens when we foreground the child. Taking this as our starting point, we are interested in exploring how texts that are written for girls, or represent girls, participate in the work of reform through an evangelical agenda. More specifically, what kind of cultural work does this evangelical literature perform, through its representations of childhood, kinship structures, discipline, authority, education, race, and class?

Possible Topics:
Children’s series books
Treatments of evangelicalism
Post-bellum representations of the South and the plantation novel
Children’s abolitionist literature
Treatment of animals
Missionary work
Treatments of discipline
Representations of kinship relations
Education, The Common School Movement or the Home School Movement
The American Sunday School Movement
The American Tract Society

Possible Writers: Lydia Sigourney, Lydia Maria Child, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Maria Cummins, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Susan Warner, Annie Fellows Johnson, Martha Finley, and Louisa May Alcott.

Please send a 500-word abstract and brief CV to Robin Cadwallader ( or Allison Giffen (

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