|Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island|
The history of children’s literature is littered with children’s books that contain maps displaying where the story takes place. A well-known example is the map in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island (1883). Maps that depict itineraries, conquests, landmarks, battlefields, and changes in cityscapes and landscapes are narrative in character and prepare the reader for the ensuing story. Maps can even unify and elaborate on events that occur at different times. Hence, one might assume that maps that visualize the places in a narrative (or story) exert a great impact upon young readers’ ability to organize and orientate their reading experience. Maps may also intensify a story’s suspense or establish an image of an idyll or a fantasy world.
The purpose of this international workshop is to bring together scholars of children’s literature from different countries who are in particular interested in the topic of maps in children’s literature. We therefore invite papers dealing with one or several of the following topics:
- maps as visual narration
- maps in picturebooks
- maps in fantasy
- verbal mapping of landscapes and places
- linear and spatial reading
- geography literacy
- art, maps and children’s literature
- cartographic signs and symbols in children’s literature
Deadline for proposal: April 30, 2014
Please send abstracts of 300 words (for a thirty-minute paper) and a short biographical note (100 words) as e-mail attachment to both convenors, Nina Goga: firstname.lastname@example.org and Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer: email@example.com
Notification whether proposals have been accepted will be made by June 1, 2014. For further inquiries please contact: Nina Goga, firstname.lastname@example.org, Høgskolen i Bergen, Landåssvingen 15, 5096 Bergen, Norge.