The Children’s Literature Society, in association with the American Literature Association, is looking for papers for the 26th annual conference to be held on May 21-24, 2015 in Boston, MA.
Two panels will be discussing children’s literature covering Modern, Post-Modern, and Political viewpoints and ideas found within children books.
One panel will cover the conversation of “The Politics and Morality of Children’s Literature: From Left to Right” focusing on how authors portray political views within children’s literature. “For example, authors in the 19th century publish religious, didactic, cautionary stories and poetry in children’s books to teach moral lessons. Not long after that, Nonsense writers challenge this form by irreverently writing and drawing mayhem as an alternative to worship of morality and the status quo.”
A second panel will consider the topic of “Nobody Understand Me. Evil Kids in Children’s Literature” examining the ideas and interpretations of evil within children’s literature. “Modern, Postmodern, and New Sincerity ‘evil’ kids range from bullies to baby vampires to misunderstood villains like Gregory Maguire’s character Elphaba from his book Wicked: The Life and Ties of the Wicked Witch of the West (1995).” Is there evil here and do we understand it?
The CFP requests submissions to include academic rank and affiliation and AV requests.
Abstracts or proposals should be around 250 words and need to be submitted by Thursday, January 15, 2015 to Dorothy Clark (Dorothy.firstname.lastname@example.org), and Linda Salem (Linda.email@example.com).
For more specific requirements and conference information please visit: http://alaconf.org/calls/societies-call-for-papers/
The PDF regarding the panels’ topic information for this CPF can be found here: http://alaconf.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/CALL-FOR-PAPERS_Child.pdf