Call for Papers


ChLA 2012 Conference
Simmons College

Literary Slipstreams
39th Annual Children's Literature Association Conference
Simmons College
June 14—16, 2012

The 39th Annual Children‘s Literature Association Conference will consider a multiplicity of interpretations of "Literary Slipstreams," a theme thriving in the present but involved with waking the past. As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, this theme invites participants to think about literature for children and young adults as a literature both of and in transition. Where has the field been? Where is it going? What are the patterns of critical inquiry in the field? How can Bruce Sterling‘s use of the term slipstream to mean a "fiction of strangeness" and "a parody of mainstream" be applied to our understanding of children‘s and young adult literature?

We suggest the topics below but, in the true spirit of slipstream, we welcome other paper and panel topics suggested by the conference theme.

  • Revisions, re-versions, and retellings
  • Adaptations
  • Prequels and sequels
  • Genre boundaries, genre bending, and genre crossings
  • Literary heirs and ancestors
  • Slipstreams of time and time travel
  • Scholarly authorship as slipstream
  • Fan fiction
  • Narrative playfulness
  • Changing the historical record
  • Literary conventions
  • Parodies
  • Hybridity (in all forms and contexts)
  • Irreverence in children‘s literature
  • Inscriptions and re-inscriptions
  • Machinima
  • Multimedia projects
  • Books as moving objects
  • Emerging scholars and scholarship
  • We also welcome papers on the work of Karen Hesse, winner of the 2012 Phoenix Award for Letters from Rifka.

Submissions have been reviewed and notifications have been sent to all proposers by electronic mail.