Filtered by category: ChLA Newsletter: Volume 27 | Issue 1 | Winter 2020 Clear Filter

President's Message

As the end of February nears, I want to note that registration is open for the June 2020 Children’s Literature Association conference, “Sustainability Through Story: Eco-Justice, Children’s Literature, and Childhood.” I hope that you can join me in Bellevue, June 18-20. I understand from the conference organizers Michelle Martin and Liz Mills that Bellevue is a beautiful mid-sized city within easy access of Seattle.

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ChLA Panels at MLA 2021

ChLA is sponsoring three sessions at MLA 2021 in Toronto, Canada, January 7-10; all three sessions are currently inviting abstract submissions. “Questioning the Canon: Rethinking the Golden Age of Children’s Literature” invites submissions that interrogate and seek alternatives to canonical Golden Age children’s literature, asking how non-canonical Golden Age works and/or contemporary revisions amplify marginalized voices. “The Ethical Turn in Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies,” reflects on the shift in the field away from critique and toward ethical questions and stakes for real children. “The Other in Narratives of Rival Nations” seeks papers that examine the representation of the ethnic Other in literatures of rival nations or ethnic groups in twentieth and twenty-first century children’s and young adult fiction from around the world.

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2022 MLA ChLA-Sponsored Session Call for Papers—January 6-9, Washington, D.C.

2022 MLA ChLA-Sponsored Session Call for Papers—January 6-9, Washington, D.C.

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Peter Hunt Named the 2020 Anne Devereaux Jordan Award Recipient

The author or editor of three dozen books, hundreds of articles, reviews, and editorials, and frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences, Peter Hunt has had an exceptional influence on the profession. His work on narrative theory’s intersection with children’s literature was important in the 1980s, and since then he has done a great deal to theorize, challenge, and expand the academic study of children’s literature. He coined the term “childist criticism,” arguing the need to appreciate, understand, and value the perspectives of children. His books have been translated into nine languages, including Greek, Arabic, and Chinese, and he has served the field through his editorial work, including editing and annotating several classic works of children’s literature. His scholarship and service have already been honored with the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the International Society for the Fantastic in the Arts (in 1995) and the Brothers Grimm Award for services to children’s literature, from the International Institute for Children’s Literature in Osaka (in 2003).

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Giving Tuesday 2019

ChLA would like to thank everyone who gave to the Children’s Literature Association on Giving Tuesday.  Because of your support, our organization is able to continue the work that means so much to those committed to scholarship, research, criticism, and teaching in the field of children’s literature.  This year we raised almost $2500, which will help us advance initiatives that you care about, including student grants, diversity grants, faculty research grants, international sponsorship grants, and the overall work of the organization.

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