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Modern Language Association, December 1995, Chicago. Targets and Terrorism: Violence in Literature, Film, and Video for the Young. Deadline: March 1, 1995. The success of publishers in marketing the recent spate of Gothic/Horror books for young readers by writers such as Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Carol Ellis and others provides the impetus for this topic. What do books like this say about children's book publishing? Are these books good, bad, or ugly? Is this a new phenomenon in publishing for young readers? Do the kind of books identified as popular, gothic horror books target victims in our society? How does a social climate redolent with the fear of violence manifest itself in books for the young? Can an historical argument be made for acceptance of these books? Do books for young readers handle the themes of terrorism and victimization well? What books? Do books by Gillian Cross or Ouida Sebestyen, for example, offer a more thoughtful examination of such topics than the series books by Pike and others? Papers dealing with any aspect of violence, victimization, and terrorism in books for the young are encouraged. Papers may also deal with violence in other popular media: for example, video games, music video, film. Papers using any and all critical methodologies are welcome. 8-10 page papers (20 minute reading time): [End Page 48]

Roderick McGillis
Department of English
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4 CANADA

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Modern Language Association, December 1995, Chicago. Forgotten Authors: Challenges to Literary History. Deadline: March 1, 1995. Please send two-page abstracts or 8-10 page papers on any aspect of forgotten children's authors of the past. Papers that consider overlooked author/illustrators or works in translation are welcome. If a text is very rare, please inform me of publication information so I can try to find a copy. If illustration is important to your paper, please send photocopies. Questions that might be discussed include: theoretical considerations of why children's books are treated as ephemeral literature; how forgotten texts can be recovered; whether the recovery of forgotten children's books is an academic exercise alone? That is, do real children need forgotten books?

Lynne Vallone
Department of English
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4227

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Modern Language Association, December 1995, Chicago. Borders in Children's Literature. Deadline: March 1, 1995. Borders in children's and young adult literature might include such areas as borders or crossing borders between countries and cultures, or considerations of how such boundaries are personally determined, or actual physical boundaries that affect a text or the acceptance of a text in two places. Border Texts by Emily Hicks might be suggestive. Crossing borders also includes borders between genres within children's literature: a work in more than one form, for example. The issue of borders also exists in terms of fantasy literature (between realms or states), or in terms of use of border in illustration. Send 8-10 page papers to:

Marilynn Olson
English Department
Southwest Texas State University
San Marcos, TX 78666

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First Biennial Conference on Modern Critical Approaches to Children's Literature. The Creation of the Child. Nashville, Tennessee, April 20-22, 1995. Deadline: November 15, 1994. Please submit a one-page, single-spaced abstract for a twenty-minute paper treating scholarly, rather than pedagogical, concerns. Early submissions are appreciated and may meet with early acceptance. We would welcome panel proposals on topics such as "Tellers and Listeners: Narrative Theory and Children's Books," "Representations of the Feminine in Victorian Children's Literature," "Eye and Mouth: Vision and Orality in Picture Books," "New Perspectives on William Steig," "Critics of Children's Literature—In Search of Major Figures," and so on. We will solicit expanded versions of selected conference papers for publication. Indicate need for audio/visual equipment. Direct papers and questions to:

Tim Wolf (615) 898-5898 and
Ellen Donovan (615) 898-2653
Conference on Modern Critical
Approaches to Children's Literature
P.O. Box 70
Department of English
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
(615) 898-2576



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