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  • Professional Notes and Announcements

Paper Call: MLA 1988 ChLA Sessions

Psychoanalysis and Children's Literature

This session will include papers on the relationships between children's literature and psychoanalysis—on how psychoanalytic theory might throw light on specific children's books or on children's literature in general, or on how aspects of children's literature might throw light on psychoanalysis. We invite proposals that deal specifically with any sort of children's literature from picture books to novels and which deal with any and all sorts of psychoanalytic theory. Submit to: Hamida Bosmajian, Professor of English, University of Seattle, Seattle, WA 98122.

The Continuity of Children's Literature

We seek papers that deal with the relationships between children's literature of the past and children's literature of more recent years. Papers might compare children's books of different periods, or focus on the continuity of a specific theme or quality of children's literature in general. Submit to: Caroline Hunt, Department of English, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29401.

In addition, the Children's Literature Association intends to submit a proposal for a special session:

Semiotics and Children's Literature

The papers for this session will deal with the ways in which literature intended for children evokes and depends upon cultural, social, and literary codes and assumptions in order to communicate. Submit to: Perry Nodelman, Department of English, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA R3B 2E9.

Call for Papers

Children's Literature Association Quarterly, will publish a special section on Religion and Children's Literature in its issue for Spring, 1989. [End Page 164] Contributions may be on any aspect of religion in children's books, past or present, and may include single author studies, comparative studies, analyses of single books, tracings of single themes, religious picture books, religious imagery, Christian and non-Christian ideas and practice, non-traditional religious experience, religious conflict, and religious faith during times of crises. Manuscripts should be ten to fifteen pages in length, typed and double-spaced, and in conformity with the revised MLA handbook of style. Send two copies of the manuscript, with the author's name appearing only on the title pages. The Deadline for submissions is May 1, 1988. Address manuscripts or correspondence to: Frank P. Riga, Department of English, Canisius College, Buffalo, New York 14208.

Children's Literature Association (ChLA) Announces 1987 Phoenix Award Winners

Smith by Leon Garfield has received the third annual Phoenix Award of the Children's Literature Association (ChLA). The novel was first published by Constable in 1967 and will be reissued in a Yearling edition by Dell in the fall of 1987. Smith tells of the suspenseful adventures of a scroungy London street urchin after he picks an old gentleman's pocket and then observes the man murdered for the very item he, Smith, has acquired. The award was presented to the author on May 15, 1987, at the association's annual conference held at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

The Phoenix Award is given for a book first published exactly twenty years earlier which did not win a major award at the time of publication but which has passed the test of time and is deemed of high literary quality. The award itself is a freestanding, two-dimensional brass medallion. It was designed by Trina Schart Hyman, winner of the 1985 Caldecott Award for illustration, and was sculpted by Diane Davis of Purdue University.

Nominations for the 1990 and 1991 awards are now being invited. Send titles to Alethea Helbig, Eastern Michigan University, Phoenix Award Chair, 3640 Eli Road, Ann Arbor MI 48104. Other members of the elected committee are Agnes Perkins, Eastern Michigan University, Taimi Ranta, Illinois State University, Wendy Saul, University of Maryland, and Mark West, University of North Carolina—Charlotte.

The Children's Literature Association is an international organization of teachers, scholars, librarians, editors, writers, illustrators, and parents interested in encouraging the serious study of children's [End Page 165] literature. For membership information, write Ruth MacDonald, English Department, Box 3-B, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM 88003.

Children's Literature Association Scholarship Awards

The Children's Literature Association in 1987 awarded three scholarships in two categories. Sharing...


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