CFP – Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Call for Papers: Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature Edited by Lisa Rowe Fraustino and Karen Coats

Arguably, the most powerful figure in a child’s life is the mother, whether she is present or absent. How have mothers been represented in literature produced for and shared with children and young adults, from the oral tales of the preprint era to the present? What attitudes toward mothers and motherhood are reflected by the texts? What maternal ideologies are inscribed in young readers, and does the genre or target audience make a difference? In what ways do the books themselves, often written by women, serve as metaphorical mothers for their readers?

For this proposed collection, we seek essays from a range of theoretical perspectives that address depictions of mothers, stepmothers, adoptive mothers, foster mothers, anthropomorphized mothers, stand-ins for mothers, metaphorical mothers, and “other” mothers in nursery rhymes, fairy tales, childhood lore, picture books, early reader chapter books, middle grade fiction, young adult novels, and film adapations of classic texts to examine how the field of children’s and YA literature contributes to the phenomenon Nancy Chodorow coined “the reproduction of mothering.”

350-500 word chapter proposals are due by November 30, 2013.

Proposals should be for original works not previously published (including in conference proceedings) and that are not currently under consideration for another edited collection or journal. If the essay is accepted for the collection, a full draft (5000-7000 words) will be required by May 15, 2014. Editors are happy to discuss ideas prior to the deadline.

Proposals and Final Essays should be submitted to: Lisa Rowe Fraustino ( and Karen Coats (

CFP – A Fantastic Legacy: Diana Wynne Jones Memorial Conference

CFP – A fantastic legacy: Diana Wynne Jones Memorial Conference

Diana Wynne Jones was one of the most outstanding 20th-century writers of British children’s fantasy. She is widely recognised among scholars, writers and fans of science fiction and fantasy as a truly ground-breaking writer who made a significant contribution to the genres in which she operated, and her death in 2011 was deeply mourned. This international conference will celebrate her life, and evaluate her contribution to children’s literature, fantasy and science fiction.

We are currently seeking papers on any aspect of Diana’s life and work, including but not limited to:

  • Her contribution to changing ideas of genre, audience, and form in fantasy and science fiction.
  • Her contribution to children’s literature, and her engagement with and empowerment of the child reader.
  • Her status as a female fantasy writer, and the ways in which she engaged with the gender discourse within fantasy and science fiction.
  • Publishing history and the commercial and creative forces affecting experimental and boundary-breaking work.
  • Translations of her books, and the international context and reception of her work.

In 2010, Diana donated her archive to Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books. The collection contains stories and other compositions written by Jones when she was a child; draft material relating to 49 published works by Jones, including novels and short stories; draft material relating to numerous unpublished works, including plays, novels and poetry; correspondence and personal papers, including professional correspondence; drafts of articles and talks by or about Jones; and copies of some of Jones’ published works, including some foreign language editions. We are particularly interested in papers which make use of this material.

Participants are invited to submit 100-250 word abstracts for 20 minute papers via our online contact form –
Deadline for abstracts: 28 March 2014
Notification of outcome: 28 April 2014

Abstracts should be submitted in doc, docx, or odt form via our online contact form –

You can explore the contents of the Diana Wynne Jones Collection via the Seven Stories catalogue: Contact to arrange access.

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