Children’s Literature in Academia

Just took a look at the program for the upcoming Children’s Literature Association’s 2010 conference and sure wish I could go.  Yes, it is very scholarly and some of the papers are bound to raise the eyebrows of those of us outside the ivory tower, but I still think they all look fascinating. (If this field had existed when I was in college and I’d had some sympathetic mentors maybe I’d be somewhere else today.)  Here are some in particular that intrigue me:

  • Katharine Slater, University of California, San Diego
    “Daisy Goes to the BBC: ‘Reviseting’ The Young Visiters”
  • Lara Saguisag, Rutgers University – Camden
    “Strangely Familiar: Shaun Tan’s The Arrival and the Universalization of the Immigrant Experience”
  • Helen Bittel, Marywood University
    “When Sophie Gets Really, Really . . . Abducted by an Axe‐Murderer: Reading Children’s Literature through the Culture of Fear”
  • Ivy Linton Stabell, University of Connecticut“Rewriting History in Children’s Picture Book Biographies of Barack Obama”
  • Danielle Bienvenue Bray, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    “Gypsy Baseball Curse: Buffy, Bella, and the Romanticizing of Domestic Violence”
  • J.D. Stahl, Virginia Tech
    “Adaptation of Children’s Novels to Film: Popular but Misguided”
  • Lisa Fraustino, Eastern Connecticut State University
    “Disney’s Maternal Melodramas”
  • Camille Parker, Independent Scholar
    “Author Accessibility, Blogs and the Literary Process: Forging a New Connection Between Writer and Reader”
  • Denise Davila, Ohio State University
    “‘I’d Buy the Book if it was Like the Trailer’: The influence of promotional trailers on
    prospective readers”
  • Karla M. Schmit, The Pennsylvania State University
    “America’s Game: When Media Representations Influence Children’s Responses to Literature”
  • Iris Shepard, University of Arkansas
    “Where are the Children in Animated Children’s Films?”
  • Roberta Trites, Illinois State University
    “Enough with the Sexism: Up! Yours
  • Marie Robinson, Morgan State University
    “Playing It Safe: A Critical Comparison of the Film and Book Versions of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass”
  • Marah Gubar, University of Pittsburgh
    “On Not Defining Children’s Literature: The Case of Children’s Theater”
  • Jean M. Stevenson, University of Minnesota‐Duluth
    “Portfolios on the Web: One Archive’s Effort to Engage Classroom Teachers”
  • Elizabeth Pearce, Illinois State University
    “‘This Story is Getting Out of Hand’: Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart Trilogy and Metafiction”
  • Susan Stewart, Texas A&M University – Commerce                                      “Steampunk Pedagogy: Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age, or A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer”
  • Jackie C. Horne, Independent Scholar
    “Critiquing Colonialism from Within: British Postcolonial Fantasy for Young Readers”
  • Angie Laginess, Eastern Michigan University
    “Fairytale Fallout: Or, Why Women are More than Happy to Oppress Themselves to Become the Next Cinderella”
  • Meghann Frances Meeusen, Western Michigan University
    “’Maybe She’d Just Love Something to Eat’: Coraline’s Other Mother and the Evolving Female Villain”

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8 responses to “Children’s Literature in Academia

  1. Laura

    I would love to read some of those papers. Do you think they will ever be available to people who don’t go to the conference to hear them?

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  2. Laura, I would guess some of them may end up published in academic journals (e.g. The Lion and the Unicorn), but I don’t think they do any sort of published proceedings of the conference itself. Guess you could contact them directly to find out. They would be so fun to read, I agree.

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  4. Amy Bennett-Zendzian

    Alas, even those of us who actually get to go, don’t get to hear them all! Many of the papers conflict with each other, and for me it seems like the paper I want to hear the most inevitable conflicts with my own panel — or else you just burn out from going to panel after panel after panel and you just have to take a nap…

    But ChLA is one of my favorite times of the year. Even when I have to pay for the whole thing out of pocket, I wouldn’t miss it for the world!

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  5. How wonderful to find someone on the web blogging about Children’s Literature. For many years I taught CL at University to both under and post graduate students having been a primary teacher for almost twenty years before that. I shall be visiting you regularly, I can see.

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  6. jeffjeffbobeff

    My fave was Alice gets really, really… abducted by an ax murderer. I am about to be a new father and am looking into the “Free Range Kids” movement.

    Also, a friend of mine (and a lot of others) blogged about the abusive relationship portrayed in Twilight http://jessimonster.wordpress.com/2009/04/26/i-saw-twilight-last-night/

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  7. Monica—I blogged a little about Camille and Jackie’s papers. I enjoyed being at the conference and look forward to next year.

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  8. Yeah, Twilight is getting a lot more attention in terms of teen dating violence than Buffy ever did. “Gypsy Baseball Curse,” of which I’m the author, actually focused more on Buffy, which I had to think about very differently once I’d seen Twilight (discussion of Twilight in the paper is limited to the first two films, as the conference theme was Children’s Media). ChLA does not do published proceedings, but I’m working on a journal-length version of my paper, which I hope will one day see print.

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