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Children's Literature Association Quarterly theme issue: Violence and Children's Literature (Fall 1997). Deadline: 1 November 1996. Decrying violence in texts for children has become a rote gesture for many critics of media, literature, and culture. Formal and informal lobby groups press for the regulation and censorship of violent texts, particularly media texts, directed at children. At the same time, however, sales of R. L. Stine's Goosebumps series outstrip the combined sales of all other series books, and movies such as Home Alone are marketed as holiday entertainment for the whole family. Violent texts for children, it seems, have become a site of struggle in contemporary North American culture. Papers exploring the question of violence and children's literature from a variety of points of view are invited, including considerations of what constitutes violence in texts; analyses of texts or groups of texts that have been, or might be, called violent; considerations of economic, political, and sociological factors that might account for the production of violent texts for children. Direct enquiries and papers to

Mavis Reimer
Department of English
University of Winnipeg
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9
FAX: (204) 774-4134

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Children's Literature Association Quarterly theme issue: Medieval Children's Literature (Spring 1998).Deadline: 1 May 1997. What children's literature exists in the Middle Ages? What genres include children as their audience? What defines children's literature, and indeed children, in medieval literature? Is a distinction made between boys' and girls' reading? What constitutes children's culture in the Middle Ages, and what is children's role in medieval culture in general? How do the visual arts and theological works reflect medieval attitudes toward children? These and other issues are welcome subjects for submission. The thrust of this issue is comparative, and scholars expert in any medieval language are invited to submit essays. Papers can deal with any period from late Roman through the fifteenth century. We are interested in both historical and theoretical papers, especially those that make their points through close readings of particular texts. Send 3 copies of 15-25 page papers to

Susan S. Morrison
c/o Teya Rosenberg
Department of English
Southwest Texas State University
San Marcos, TX 78666

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Modern Language Association, Children's Literature Division, December 1997, Toronto. Children's Literature Before 1500: What Is It? How Do We Know It Is for Children? Deadline 1 March 1997. The most recent texts for students of children's literature continue to assert that children's literature is a relatively recent phenomenon. Harvey Darton and others have described the bestiaries, fables, romances, and etiquette books that Darton terms "the legacy of the Middle Ages" but argue that they are addressed to a wide audience that happens to include children. What was primarily directed to an audience specifically of children or young adults, and to what extent does it seem intended to provide "spontaneous pleasure," given the didactic slant of most medieval/ renaissance literature? How can we demonstrate that such a text is for the young (dedications, prefaces, manuscript hands, type of illustrations, simplicity of language, simplified versions of works for adults, age of protagonists, emphasis on teaching, evidence of actual audience)? 8-10 page papers with abstracts to

Gillian Adams
5906 Fairlane Drive
Austin, TX 78757-4417

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Modern Language Association, Children's Literature Division, December 1997, Toronto. Sequential Art for Children: Comics, Comic Strips, and Picture Books. Chairs: Teya Rosenberg, William Moebius. Deadline 1 March 1997. For at least a century, comic books and picture books in North America and elsewhere have grown side by side and yet have gone their separate ways. Children read both. We wish to examine the dialectic between comic book and picture book, the ways in which each plays with text and image. While we prefer papers that analyze specific comic-strip and picture-book images, we will welcome those that reflect on mutual influences and allusions, whether embedded in technique and presentation or in iconography; that liberate the "funny," exposing the laughable in adult or child behavior; that...


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