CFP – Special Issue of Children’s Literature in Education: Education Gone Bad

Call for Papers
Education Gone Bad
Special Issue of Children’s Literature in Education (Spring 2017)
Edited by Elizabeth Marshall and Lissa Paul

From Sarah Fielding’s The Governess, or The Little Female Academy, to television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer to bestsellers like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, school stories remain a staple genre in young people’s literature and culture.

The focus of this special issue of Children’s Literature in Education is on papers that tackle difficult or unsuccessful pedagogical relationships and on representations of schools that turn from the benign towards the dystopian, the violent, or the monstrous. Manuscripts that draw on a range of perspectives, including literary criticism, educational studies, cultural studies, and feminist theory are particularly welcome as are multidisciplinary approaches and work from international contexts. Specific topics might include:

  • Representations of teachers, students, and/or schools
  • Pitfalls and perils of teaching children’s and young adult literature
  • Schools as the site of monstrosity or horror
  • Acts of resistance
  • Forced schooling (residential schools) or exclusion from education
  • Historical studies of schooling

Please send proposals of 250 words by November 1, 2015 to the editors, Lissa Paul ( and Elizabeth Marshall ( Authors will receive a response to proposals by mid-November. Manuscripts (6,000-8,000 words) will be due May 2016.

Because CLE is a peer-reviewed journal, even after we’ve accepted proposals, manuscripts will be subject to double-blind external review. Publication is scheduled for the Spring 2017 issue of CLE. If you have questions or concerns please direct them to one of us.