Current Research in Children’s and Young Adult Speculative Fiction Conference

Wroclaw, 18 May 2014
Center for Young People’s Literature and Culture
Department of English Studies, Wroclaw University

9.00-9.10 Opening

9.10-10.40 Session One: Intertextuality and National Literatures
Chair: Terri Doughty

Daniel Hade (Pennsylvania State University, USA & Wroclaw University, Poland), Reworking Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”: Erdu’s Breadcrumbs and Disney’s Frozen
Magdalena Sikorska (Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz, Poland), The Uses of Architecture in Shaun Tan’s Work
Dorota Michułka (Wroclaw University, Poland), Looking for Identity: Polish Children’s Fantasy Then and Now

10.40-10.55 Coffee Break

10.55-12.25 Session Two: Horror and Gothic in Literature and Film
Chair: Daniel Hade

Agata Zarzycka (Wroclaw University, Poland), “I’m So Not-Goth I’m Goth”: Approaching Authenticity through Goth-Inspired Tropes in Contemporary Young Adult Popular Culture
Chloe Buckley (Lancaster University, UK), Post-millennial Children’s Horror: Parody, Pastiche and the Re-enchantment of Gothic in Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie
Małgorzata Drewniok (Southampton University, UK), Changing Identity on the Small Screen: Transformations, Vampires and Language in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

12.25-13.25 Lunch Break

13.25-15.25 Session Three: Language, Discourse, Conventions
Chair: Dorota Michułka

Mateusz Marecki (Wroclaw University, Poland), Scripts, Conceptual Metaphors and Cognitive Engagement: Making Sense of Motherhood in Lois Lowry’s Son
Marcin Rusnak (independent scholar), The Road Not Taken: Writing YA fiction in Poland and Its Potential, Dilemmas, and Challenges
Angelika Szopa (Wroclaw University, Poland), “It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done”: The Concept of Mythopoeic Fantasy as Reflected in Harry Potter Series
Jakub Krogulec, (Wroclaw University, Poland), Propaganda in Juvenile Speculative Fiction of the 1950s

15.25-15.40 Coffee Break

15.40 -17.40 Session 4: Dystopian/Utopian Texts
Chair: Magdalena Sikorska

Robert Gadowski (Wroclaw University, Poland), American Young Adult Dystopias: Under the Critical Eye of the Science of Memetics
Terri Doughty (Vancouver Island University, Canada), Putting the Punk in a Steampunk Cinderella: Marissa Meyer’s “Lunar Chronicles”
Aleksandra Bar (independent scholar) & Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak (Wroclaw University, Poland), Towards an Animal Utopia: Isobelle Carmody’s The Obernetwyn Chronicles as Ecopedagogical Practice
Blanka Grzegorczyk (Philological School of Higher Education, Wroclaw, Poland), “I Know a Place Called Wrong-Is-Right”: Reversing Binary Oppositions in Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses Sequence

17.40-17.45 Closing