Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Job: Utah

Institution:Dixie State College Posted:December 27, 2010Location:UtahEmployment Level:Tenured, tenure trackWebsite:http://www.dixie.eduApplication Deadline:February 7, 2011 Category:English/ literature Employment Status:Full-timeSalary:Not specified Responsibilities:

· Develop and teach courses in secondary English education, including methods courses and young adult and children's literature for the DSC English Department's secondary education program.

· Work with the education department supervising secondary practicum students and student teachers.

· Teach other English and composition courses as needed.

· Oversee and conduct outreach efforts for the English program.

· Serve on college and departmental committees as assigned.

· Attend department, division, and faculty meetings; work with other faculty in program management; and adhere to college policies.

Minimum Qualifications:

· Doctorate degree in English or Education (with a strong emphasis in English education) or an Ed. D. (with a strong emphasis in English education and a Master's degree in English) from a regionally accredited institution.

· Extensive education and/or experience in teaching English at the secondary level.

· Applicants should show potential for excellence in teaching, research, and service, and should possess strong verbal and written communication skills.

Terms of Contract: Tenure-track (10-month) faculty position. Salary is based on nationally competitive Dixie State College faculty salary schedule. Excellent benefit package.

Application Procedures: Application review begins February 7, 2011, open until filled. Submit a Dixie State College application, cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to: Office of Human Resources, Dixie State College, 225 South 700 East, St. George, UT, 84770. For more information, call (435) 652-7520 or fax (435) 656-4001. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply for this opening, please call Human Resources at (435) 652-7520.

About Dixie State College: Dixie State College is a state-supported four-year college of nearly 9,000 students that is continually expanding its educational offerings and programs. Dixie State College's mission is to help students achieve their academic, career, and life goals, including goals related to basic skills, core content knowledge, and knowledge that broadens and enriches students' lives.

About the Area: St. George, home of Dixie State College, is located 300 miles south of Salt Lake City and 110 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. With an area population of 74,000, St. George is a tourist magnet due to its proximity to such scenic wonders as Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon National Parks, Cedar Breaks and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, and Lakes Powell and Mead. For more information on the area visit:

DSC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The College is firmly committed to non-discrimination and affirmative action and it is the policy of the College to strive to afford equal opportunity to qualified individuals, regardless of their religion, race, color, age, disability, gender, Vietnam or disabled veterans status or national origin and to conform to applicable laws and regulations.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Galbraith's Provocative Reading of "Polar Express"

Mary Galbraith offers a provocative interpretation of Chris Van Allsburg's Polar Express in the new issue of Interjuli, a German journal about children's literature. According to Galbraith, The Polar Express can be summarized as "René Magritte journeys to Nuremberg to meet Adolf Hitler."

Other essays by Mary Galbraith:

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

ChLA Seeks Newsletter Editor

ChLA Newsletter Co-Editor Search
The ChLA Newsletter is a semiannual publication for the members of the Children’s Literature Association. It reports information pertinent to the activities of ChLA, such as ChLA election results and awards, ChLA Board actions, conference information, MLA sessions on children’s literature, and so forth. The Newsletter editor(s) are appointed by the ChLA President, with approval of the ChLA Executive Board, for a 3 year term, renewable with Board approval.
Currently, two editors work together to share the following responsibilities: coordinating with the ChLA Administrator, ChLA President, committee chairs and others to collect information to go into the Newsletter in a timely manner; soliciting and/or writing and editing items that will be published in the newsletter; putting items into standard newsletter format (layout); sending the final version of the newsletter and sending a PDF to the ChLA Administrator for posting to the ChLA website; and reporting to the ChLA Board on newsletter actions taken.
The current newsletter editors’ terms expire in June of 2011; thus, the Association is soliciting ChLA members who would like to serve in this capacity. The new editor(s) will be responsible for producing the Fall 2011 issue. Interested parties should send a letter of interest to the ChLA Board identifying qualifications for the position by January 15, 2011. Letters to the Board may be sent electronically to or by mail to ChLA office.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Right/Left Politics in Children's Books

A few years ago, Alida Allison published a very tiny review of the book "Why Mommy is a Democrat" and Rush Limbaugh sicked his minions on her and she received hundreds of nasty letters...

Last October Jerry Griswold spoke on politics in contemporary children's books in a lecture in Paris titled "When the American Right Gets History Wrong"...

Now the Boston Globe is covering this topic in an essay featuring scholar Michelle Abate:

"Would you like to teach your child about American values this Christmas? You can pick up a copy of “Of Thee I Sing,” the new children’s book by Barack Obama. Or if you prefer, you can pick up a copy of “The Liberal Clause,” in which Obama, Grinch-like in a Santa suit, traduces the Christmastution till he is finally stopped...."

Friday, December 17, 2010

New IRSCL Journal

From John Stephens
Emeritus Professor in English
Macquarie University
Editor, International Research in Children's Literature

Edinburgh University Press Table of Contents Alert
International Research in Children's Literature
Volume: 3, Number: 2 (Dec 2010)

The above issue is now available online from Edinburgh University Press at:

The table of contents for this issue is listed below. Click on the links below to view the abstract for each article, or click on the link above to read the table of contents online.


Illuminating Ethical Responsibility to Others through Children's Literature

Ingrid Johnston

International Research in Children's Literature Dec 2010, Vol. 3, No. 2: v-vii.
Citation | PDF plus (34 KB)


Creating a ‘Masala’ Self: Bicultural Identity in Desi Young Adult Novels

Michelle Superle

International Research in Children's Literature Dec 2010, Vol. 3, No. 2: 119-133.
Abstract | PDF plus (98 KB)

A Sense of (Be)longing in Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing

David Rudd

International Research in Children's Literature Dec 2010, Vol. 3, No. 2: 134-147.
Abstract | PDF plus (361 KB)

The Pursuit of Wholeness in Maurice Gee's O Trilogy

Vivien van Rij

International Research in Children's Literature Dec 2010, Vol. 3, No. 2: 148-161.
Abstract | PDF plus (96 KB)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollowness: A Narratological and Ideological Critique of J.K. Rowling's Magical System

Daragh Downes

International Research in Children's Literature Dec 2010, Vol. 3, No. 2: 162-175.
Abstract | PDF plus (97 KB)

Constructions of Death in Young Adult Fantastic Literature

Sonja Loidl

International Research in Children's Literature Dec 2010, Vol. 3, No. 2: 176-189.
Abstract | PDF plus (94 KB)

Obsidian Knives and High Tech: Latin America in Contemporary Adventures Stories for Young Adults

Evelyn Arizpe

International Research in Children's Literature Dec 2010, Vol. 3, No. 2: 190-204.
Abstract | PDF plus (102 KB)

Impartiality and Attachment: Ethics and Ecopoeisis in Children's Narrative Texts

John Stephens

International Research in Children's Literature Dec 2010, Vol. 3, No. 2: 205-216.
Abstract | PDF plus (112 KB)


Shaking Up Egyptian Children's Literature: The Stories of Muhammad Afifi Matar

Yasmine S. Motawy

International Research in Children's Literature Dec 2010, Vol. 3, No. 2: 217-221.
Citation | PDF plus (93 KB)


Children's Fiction about 9/11: Ethnic, Heroic and National Identities. Jo Lampert. New York: Routledge, 2010. 204 pages USD 93.18 (hardcover).

Björn Sundmark

International Research in Children's Literature Dec 2010, Vol. 3, No. 2: 222-223.
Citation | PDF plus (32 KB)

Fairy Tales Reimagined: Essays on New Retellings. Edited by Susan Redington Bobby. Jefferson: McFarland, 2009. 260 pages. USD 35 (paperback).

Marijana Hameršak

International Research in Children's Literature Dec 2010, Vol. 3, No. 2: 223-225.
Citation | PDF plus (38 KB)

Representations of Technology in Science Fiction for Young People. Noga Applebaum. New York: Routledge, 2010. 198 pages. USD 97.41 (hardcover).

Marek Oziewicz

International Research in Children's Literature Dec 2010, Vol. 3, No. 2: 226-227.
Citation | PDF plus (33 KB)

Fundamental Concepts of Children's Literature Research: Literary and Sociological Approaches. Hans-Heino Ewers. London and New York: Routledge, 2009. 187 pages. USD 76 (hardback).

Kimberley Reynolds

International Research in Children's Literature Dec 2010, Vol. 3, No. 2: 227-229.
Citation | PDF plus (37 KB)

Critical Multicultural Analysis of Children's Literature: Mirrors, Windows, and Doors. Maria Jose Botelho and Masha Kabakow Rudman. New York: Routledge, 2009. 376 pages. USD 49.95 (paperback).

Marija Todorova

International Research in Children's Literature Dec 2010, Vol. 3, No. 2: 229-231.
Citation | PDF plus (35 KB)

Back matter

International Research in Children's Literature Dec 2010, Vol. 3, No. 2: 232-234.
Citation | PDF plus (39 KB)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

President Obama's Children's Book: Jerry Griswold Reviews

When Random House announced that they would publish President Barack Obama’s children’s book Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters this fall, Mike Luckovich drew an editorial cartoon for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution picturing Republican spokesman Newt Gingrich pointing at the book and observing, “Proof Obama hates adult readers.” As Luckovich’s cartoon comically pointed out, even so simple a thing as the appearance of a children’s book would likely spark reactions from the President’s critics. Indeed, after the book was published, a Fox News forum objected to Obama’s choice of Sitting Bull among the thirteen Americans the book honored; the headline read “Obama Praises Indian Chief Who Defeated U.S. General.” . . .

More at

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Best in Canadian Scholarship

The Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures is pleased to announce that the 2010 Winter Issue of Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures is now available! Issue 2.2 features the forum entitled "Participatory Ontologies and Youth Cultures." This forum contains pieces from Stuart Poyntz, Zoë Druick, Clare Bradford, and Darin Barney, and it is open access at

The editorial by Mavis Reimer and review essays are also open access.

Articles in this issue include:
• Perry Nodelman's "The Mirror Staged: Images of Babies in Baby Books"
• Caroline de Launay's "La dialectique de l'espace dans Harry Potter: le motif du passage secret"
• Rachel Hendershot Parkin's "Breaking Faith: Disrupted Expectations and Ownership in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga"
• Brian Gibson's "Please, sir, I want some more. . . . Please, sir . . . I want some more": Unhooding Richler's Fang to Find Justice for Oliver Twist and Jacob Two-Two"
Housed in the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures (CRYTC) and produced under the sponsorship of the Associate Vice-President (Research) and the Dean of Arts at the University of Winnipeg, with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures is an interdisciplinary, refereed academic journal whose mandate is to publish research on and to provide a forum for discussion about cultural productions for, by, and about young people.

More information on how to submit papers and how to subscribe can be found on our website:

To recommend Jeunesse to your institution's library, download our form here: - JOURNAL LIBRARY RECOMMENDATION FORM.pdf

Best regards,

Larissa Wodtke, MA
Managing Editor, Jeunesse - CCL/LCJ
Research Coordinator, CRYTC
Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures (CRYTC)
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9
Phone: 204-786-9351
Fax: 204-774-4134
Email:; or

Children's Poetry: SDSU's Joseph Thomas Rewards Excellemce

From Joseph Thomas...

For those of you who don't get the Lion & Unicorn, Michael Heyman, Angela Sorby and I contributed to the new issue the latest L&U Children's Poetry award essay, "It's (not) all Small Stuff: The 2009 Lion and Uncorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry." For those interested, the essay can be found here:

Friday, December 10, 2010

June 2011: Conference in Ukraine

79011, Lviv, Stryiska str., 26/6, Ukraine
Tel. : (032) 275 81 71; (067) 876 97 97; e-mail:

II International symposium “Literature. Children. Time”
(1-5 June, 2011, Lviv, Ukraine)

1-5 (5 days) June 2011 in the Western Scientific Centre of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine an international scientific conference "Literature for Children and Youth: other / different, else's / our own children" will take place within the All-Ukrainian project "Literature. Children. Time". The conference arranger - Ukrainian Research Center of Children’s and Youth Literature - invites you to participate in its work.
The main thematic areas:
Historical context of the development of literature for children and youth.
Children's folklore and national poetic creativity for children.
Classics of literature for children and youth.
Modern prose and poetry for children and youth.
Theoretical aspects of the research of literature for children and youth.
Cultural-style systems in the literature for children and youth.
Intertext in the field of the development of literature for children and youth.
Comparative aspects in the study of literature for children and youth.
Roundtable meetings:
“News of Ukrainian Literature for Children and youth"; "Translated literature for children and youth: news, recommendations, suggestions, wishes"," Illustration as an implicit part of the text for children and youth", "Reading at school ";" Workshop of textbooks editing”.
Conference languages: Ukrainian, Russian, German and English.
To participate in the conference please send an application by May 1, 2011 addressed to the head of Ivano-Frankivsk branch of Children's and Youth Literature Research Centre Tatiana Kachak at this Internet address:

Articles in Proceedings will be accepted for further study by Editorial Board of the Research Collection “Literature. Children. Time” during participants' registration and at e-mail of the Centre:

Conference fee - 50 euros. Articles publishing – 5 euros/page.

The program of the second International Symposium “Literature. Children. Time" includes literary festival of children's writers.
Supervisors of the conference:
Cand.Phil.Sci., Assoc. Prof. Hnidets Ulyana,
The President of Ukrainian Research Center of Children’s and Youth Literature
Cand.Phil.Sci. , Assoc. Prof. Tatiana Kachak,
The Head of Ivano-Frankivsk branch of Ukrainian Research Center of Children’s and Youth Literature

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Report on Children's Lit Conference in India 2010

FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S LITERATURE ASSOCIATION OF INDIA CONFERENCE, Trissur, Kerala, India in November 2010 ("Re-Reading Children's Classics") featuring SDSU's Alida Allison (see picture above)...

With 90+ participants, the conference co-hosted by Bharata Mata College was the biggest so far and an absolute pleasure. Concurrent sessions, for example, on Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Alice in Wonderland, The Lord of the Flies, and Indian classics in new forms made this an especially exciting seminar.

Want to come to next year's conference? Stay in touch with SDSU's blog; we'll be announcing it.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Courses for Spring 2011

Class Schedule Spring 2011:

T,TH 12:30-1:45pm

An examination of fairy tales (e.g. Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella) and ways of understanding them.

M,W 2:00-3:15pm

Children’s literature is an intriguing and fascinating genre. Far more often than not, the picture books, chapter books, pop-up books, and mystery novels typically categorized (if not dismissed) as children’s fare work in complicated ways that are sometimes problematic, frequently brilliant, and always interesting. This semester we will explore some of the amusing, surprising, and even shocking aspects of a number of books for children. As we come face to face with sadistic barbers, spoiled brats, abused dolls, an idiosyncratic redhead, and a shark with some really sharp teeth, we will examine what books like The Secret Garden, Where the Wild Things Are, The Raggedy Ann Stories, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Castaway Pirates are really about. In all honesty, as we delve ever deeper into these and other works, mucking about in their messier elements, you can expect that we will engage ideas and meanings that—hopefully for better but maybe for worse—you would never expect to find in books defined and marketed as literature for children. Granted, for some people, thusly scrutinizing books with which they may have some emotional attachment (e.g., Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight, Moon, Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever, Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree) can be traumatizing. For me, it is a lot of fun and enables a profound appreciation and respect for the genre.

Reading List
Heinrich Hoffman Struwwelpeter
Robert Munsch Love You Forever
Shel Silverstein The Giving Tree
Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden
Johnny Gruelle Raggedy Ann Stories
Robert Arthur The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot
Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Gary Paulson Nightjohn
Juan Felipe Herrera Downtown Boy
Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are
Jim Murphy An American Plague
Astrid Lindgren Pippi Longstocking
Mary Downing Hahn The Doll in the Garden
Anthony Brown Voices in the Park
Ray Marshall and Wilson Swain The Castaway Pirates: A Pop-Up Tale of Bad Luck, Sharp Teeth, and Stinky Toes
David Levithan Marly’s Ghost
Rita Williams-Garcia Jumped

T,TH 11:00-12:15pm

An introduction to children's literature, featuring fairy tales, novels, and picture books: e.g. The Emperor's New Clothes, Peter Pan, and The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

M,W,F 11:00-11:50am

This semester we will survey a broad yet by no means comprehensive swath of literature for and about adolescents. For the sake of some historical perspective, we will begin with Horatio Alger’s Ragged Dick, the Nancy Drew mystery, The Hidden Staircase, and the German drama, Spring’s Awakening. After investigating the (perhaps surprising) nature, politics, and implications of these texts, we will delve into more recent fare. As we proceed through texts such as Monica Sone’s autobiographical Nisei Daughter, Joseph Bruchac’s folktale-inflected horror yarn, Skeleton Man, Laurie Halse Anderson’s historical Forge, and Ron Koertge’s story of an unlikely friendship, Stoner and Spaz, we will plot some of the
multifarious ways that authors have both depicted adolescence and written for adolescents. Our overarching aim is to develop critically and theoretically sophisticated methodologies for examining and understanding the representation of adolescents and adolescence in literature and other media in different historical and cultural contexts.

Requirement: Workload will include assigned reading (of course), plenty of short in-class and out-of-class writing (which will require that you do the reading), two exams, and a paper.

Reading List
Horatio Alger Ragged Dick
Carolyn Keene The Hidden Staircase
Frank Wedekind Spring’s Awakening: A Children’s Tragedy (Smith & Kraus 1575255138)
Monica Sone Nisei Daughter
Walter Dean Myers Fallen Angels
Juan Felipe Herrea Cinnamon Girl: Letters Found Inside a Cereal Box
Neal Shusterman Unwind
Virginia Euwer Wolff Make Lemonade
Francesca Lia Block Weetzie Bat
Ron Koertge Stoner & Spaz
David Levithan Boy Meets Boy
Brian James Zombie Blondes
Joseph Bruchac Skeleton Man
Laurie Halse Ander

W 7:00-9:40pm

In this course we will explore contemporary notions of “the child” and their representations in and correspondences to poetry written for and about young people. Informed by Randall Jarrell’s claim that Modernism is an extension of Romanticism (“End of the Line”) and Charles Bernstein’s related argument that the line between Modernism and Postmodernism is blurrier than generally believed, this course traces the legacies of Romanticism and its constructions of childhood from the early 20th century to the present, exploring the intersections between these constructions and our ideological assumptions about poetry and poetics. We will read widely, engaging the poetry of authors as varied as Joe Brainard (I Remember), John Ciardi (The Reason for the Pelican), T.S. Eliot (Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats), Robert Frost (You Come Too), Lyn Hejinian (My Life), Langston Hughes (The Dream Keeper),

Randall Jarrell (The Bat-Poet), June Jordan (Who Look at Me), Robert Lowell (Life Studies), Theodore Roethke (I am! Says the Lamb), Carl Sandburg (Early Moon), and Gertrude Stein (The World Is Round, To Be, a Book of Alphabets and Birthdays).
Requirement: Students will be responsible for a group presentation, a critical review of a scholarly text pertaining to the course’s subject, and a final project of their design.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Boston in May: Call for Papers

MAY 26-29, 2011
Boston, MA

The Children’s Literature Society of the ALA seeks abstracts for two panels on children’s literature for the American Literature Association Conference to be held May 26-29, 2011, at The Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA.

Panel 1:
Images, Imagination and Children’s Literature: Graphic Novels and Picture Books through History.

This panel explores the expression of the American imagination through illustrated literature for youth. This interpretation of images and the text that mediates them will deepen our understanding of how the American imagination exists in children’s literary tradition. Papers in this panel investigate uniquely American attributes in graphic novels, picture books and other forms of illustrated literature. Papers may also investigate how defining characteristics of American illustrated literature for youth have influenced or been influenced by literary culture. Papers about influential illustrators are also of interest, as are papers that offer an historical or interpretative overview of the topic.

Please send panel proposals or paper abstracts (250-500 words) by December 30, 2010 to Linda Salem
Please include academic rank and affiliation and AV requests

Hard copies can also be sent to
Linda Salem
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8050

Panel 2:
The Digital Worlds of Children’s Literature: From Video Games to the iPad

When Steve Jobs presented the iPad, combining the e-book format with multimedia capabilities, “books” and “reading” were alleged to have changed. But this “change” had already been occurring in the world of children’s new media adaptations and formats The seamless relationship of young people and new media has, in fact, led the MIT Comparative Media Studies website to call the generation entering the 21st century, “”; and, as New Media critic James Paul Gee affirms, they are the “natives” in this brave new digital world.

Innovation is at the heart of children’s literature. It has a rich tradition of opening new areas both in form and content, and it has been on the cutting edge of the digital revolution. This revolution has been transforming the way we are telling stories and how we read, changing our understanding of authorship, and creating new genres as it influences older ones.

This panel explores the rich, wide-ranging, and multidimensional digital worlds of children’s and young adult literature. This includes new narrative strategies evolving out of video games, children’s literature and educational websites; poetry—the creation of a digital poetics; creative non-fiction and fiction emerging from fan-fic sites and blogging; and new forms of story and picture, text and image, that are arising from new technologies like the iPad, Kindle, and Tablet.
What do these changes, transformations, and new forms tell us about reading—given that in addition to fan-fic sites and blogging, many of the new technologies allow the “reader” to become an “author” of the original text? How are these new forms changing narrative, poetry, and other genres? What shapes are story and poem taking in this new digitalized space?

Please send panel proposals or paper abstracts (250-500 words) by December 30, 2010 to Dorothy G. Clark:

Please include academic rank and affiliation and AV requests

Hard copies can also be sent to

Dorothy G. Clark
Dept. of English
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330-8248

Conference details may be found at the American Literature Association web

American Literature Association Home

Dorothy G. Clark, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Subject Matter Option Advisor
California State University, Northridge
(818) 677-7225

Friday, December 3, 2010

Bard College Job in Delano, California

Bard College
Lang & Lit, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
Faculty in MAT Graduate program [14105]
The Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program is now accepting applications for a faculty position in English literature, teaching at the common campus of the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program and the Paramount Bard Academy (PBA), a charter school serving grades 6-12, in Delano, California. This is a full-time appointment and preference will be given to literature scholars with a specialty in areas that connect to the California State curriculum standards. The MAT Program is committed to rigorous graduate training in biology, English, history, and mathematics; intense involvement in high school/middle school classrooms; partnerships for educational change with participant schools; and a re-conceptualized education curriculum. Courses in education and the student’s discipline are closely integrated in the MAT curriculum with the practical challenges of classroom instruction in a yearlong residency program at PBA and other local schools. In addition, the new PBA campus offers a unique opportunity for graduate and public school faculty and students to contribute to creating a model educational environment, linking theory and practice in the context of the daily operations of the Paramount Bard Academy. For this reason, the MAT program requires a high degree of faculty collaboration, and we seek full-time and part-time faculty who share our commitments. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. and a commitment to preparing high-quality teachers. Teaching begins in June 2011. Applications will be accepted immediately and hiring will be carried out on a rolling basis.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, current CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and names and contact information of three references by email only to Please contact Bard’s MAT Program with any questions: or 845-758-7145. Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals who contribute to its diversity. AA/EOE [R]

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Shaun Tan Rules

A trailer from a forthcoming film:

Graphic novels are aimed at adolescents. While some bookstores mistakenly mix graphic novels and picture books, their real audience is not found among tots in love with Goodnight Moon, but teens keen on manga. Selznick and Yang are among the top artists working in this genre. At the top of the top, to my way of thinking, is Shaun Tan. . . Jerry Griswold on "Shaun Tan and the Graphic Novel" in Parents' Choice:

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fairy Tales Conference: UK (Mar 2011)

Myths and Fairy Tales in Film and Literature post-1900
A two-day international conference
Friday 25th - Saturday 26th March 2011
(NB: adjusted dates since first cfp issued)

Hosted by the Film and Literature Programme of the University of York's Department of English and Related Literature in association with The Centre for Modern Studies

Call for Papers
This forthcoming international conference invites renewed reflection on fundamental, inherited tales as these have found self-reinventing expression in film and literature post-1900. It seeks to interrogate the dramatic, poetic and visual character of culturally core stories (fairy/mythic/classical/religious/Shakespearean etc), the formal operations and cultural force of their variant tellings (and showings) across media and moment, and the ways in which their psychological, social, political and aesthetic functions have been interpreted and employed.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Professor Marina Warner, Professor Ian Christie, Dr Diane Purkiss

Abstracts are solicited for individual 20-minute papers on the theme of the conference (interpreted in literary or film terms, or both). Proposals of pre-constituted panels (composed of two or three 20-minute papers) are also welcome.

Questions informing case studies might include (without being limited to):

Why do some stories endure across multiple retellings while others fall into neglect?
What primal impulses are encoded, fears expressed or defused and/or desires satisfied in those that resurface repeatedly in altered guises?
Which narrative elements and characters have proved largely stable across time and place, apparently immune to cultural disruption, and which have been gently or radically adjusted in response to other cultural-historical forces?
How have particular post-1900 literary and screen engagements with culturally embedded stories appropriated, revivified and disseminated those inherited tales in distinctive and culturally illuminating ways?
How have the behavioural models promoted, social imperatives implied, modes of telling adopted and artistic allegiances embraced in the ongoing lives of particular tales been revised over time to fit new circumstances, new audiences and/or new media?
How have theories of transmission, narrative endurance and narrative change accounted for the culturally revealing reinventions of various fundamental story pools?
Which theories of narrative transmission, inter-medial adaptation and/or inter-textuality can illuminate the ongoing life of a story most tellingly? (And, perhaps, which have proved interpretively diversionary or limiting?)
Panels have thus far been suggested on the following themes (subject to accepted abstracts): classical subjects, scriptural/religious subjects, Shakespearean subjects, revisionism, fairy tales for children, fairy tales for adults, anti-tales, the transculturing of inherited myths. Contributors are welcome to submit with these proposed panels in mind, or in any other field that speaks to the theme of the conference.

Abstracts of not more than 250 words should be submitted, not by attachment but within the body of the email, to:

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: Tuesday 21st December 2010.

A brief personal biog-sketch (not more than 100 words) including institutional affiliation, current appointment/stage of study, principal publication(s) (where applicable) and main research interests, should be included in the same email. All submissions will be responded to, and all contributors notified, by Friday 7th January 2011.

Registration details and downloadable form at: enquiries:
Conference chair:

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Interesting Job in the UK (Dec 10 deadline)

The Children's Book Festival in Bath is famous...

Development DirectorRecruiter The Bath Festivals organisation Posted 23 November 2010 Location Bath Function Senior Management, Management Sector Community, Arts / Culture Hours Full Time Contract Type Permanent Salary Competitive
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Further information
Development Director

The Bath Festivals organisation is entering a new phase, building on its international reputation for Bath International Music Festival, the successful Bath Literature Festival, and the Festival of Children’s Literature. We also run a year-round education programme, and provide box office services to 80 organisations in and around Bath.

This will be a key role, working alongside the newly appointed Chief Executive to drive forward long term plans, and with overall responsibility for our fundraising strategy. You’ll have expert knowledge and a successful proven track record in securing and growing funds from the private sector and individuals. Overseeing Marketing and Communications you’ll lead ambitious plans to increase and diversify our audience, and develop our public image.

Salary by negotiation

Download an application pack by clicking the Apply button
01225 462231

Closing date 10 December

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The Bath Festivals organisation

Friday, November 19, 2010

June Cummins on Harry Potter's Appeal

June Cummins on the Harry Potter books, or maybe about their readers. In today's San Diego Tribune:

“Everything in the ‘Harry Potter’ books has to do with human interaction. It is about pain and love and acceptance,” said June Cummins, an associate professor in San Diego State University’s Department of English and Comparative Literature. “But there is also a big fantasy element, and as soon as you get into the parallel universe of Hogwarts, that becomes a source of comfort and escape.”

American Revolution in Young Adult Fiction

Dressed in colonial garb and looking like reincarnations of Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross, members of the political movement known as the Tea Party have gone bonkers about history and link their conservative agenda to the Founding Fathers. Reality-based historians are aghast at this misreading of the past and by the Tea Party’s farfetched assertion that George Washington and Co. were actually conservatives; as historians point out, rather than reactionaries eager to maintain the status quo through budgetary restraint, Washington, Paine, Franklin, et al. were actually radicals and revolutionaries. Ladies and Gentleman: Welcome to the so-called “History Wars,” a cultural phenomenon that is even now shaping young-adult fiction.

Jerry Griswold on the American Revolution in Young Adult Fiction:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Report on Julia Alvarez's Visit (Nov 15 2010)

It surprises Julia Alvarez when people ask her if writing for children is her way of taking a break from writing for adults. To Alvarez, writing children’s books is no break. It is harder than writing for adults because she must more carefully choose what to leave out.

Speaking to a standing room only crowd today at SDSU, Alvarez said she wants Dominican Republic children to have books to read that include their folk stories and traditions and so she writes them. Her Alta Gracia Foundation, started with husband Bill Eichner, funds a DR mountain village school and library where children and adults learn to read. Their library design is that of a “snack bar” library with a convenience window where people can check out books.
Among Alvarez’s children’s titles are -- The Best Gift of All: The Legend of La Vieja Belén/El mejor regalo del mundo: la leyenda de La Vieja Belén (2008) illustrated by Rudy Nunez; The Secret Footprints (2000) illustrated by Fabian Negrin; and A Gift of Gracias. The Legend of Altagracia (2005) illustrated by Beatriz Vidal.
Lists of Alvarez children’s books are at Read more on Café Alta Gracia at Today’s talk was sponsored by the Bread and Roses Center of the Department of Women’s Studies at SDSU in partnership with the Association of Chicana Activists, Eveoke Dance Theatre, and The Cultural Worker.

Linda Salem
Children’s Literature Bibliographer
SDSU Library

Young & Jewish: June Cummins to Talk Nov 17

Nov. 17, 3 PM. 25th Anniversary of the SDSU Jewish Studies Program
"What are Jewish Girls and Boys Made Of?: Gender in Books for Jewish Adolescents,"
June Cummins-Lewis, SDSU.
301 Geology, Mathematics, and Computer Science Building, SDSU. (Across bridge and right turn from Parking Structure on S.E. corner after I-8 Exit onto College)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Position (South Carolina)

University of South Carolina-Columbia
Augusta Baker Endowed Chair in Childhood Literacy
School of Library & Information Science (SLIS)

The School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina seeks an outstanding candidate to fill the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair in Childhood Literacy, the first academic chair at the University of South Carolina honoring an African-American woman.

Augusta Baker was the first African American Coordinator of Children's Services at the New York Public Library and former Storyteller-in-Residence at the University of South Carolina. Nationally known as an outstanding librarian, storyteller and author she worked to abolish stereotypes in children's literature. She helped bring attention to the need for children to have stories, characters and settings with which they could identify. She emphasized that hearing stories was a child's first step to literacy.

The successful candidate will build on the Baker legacy of excellence in childhood literacy and youth services and provide national and state leadership in the teaching, research, and service missions of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). The Chair will be actively involved with the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy, a SLIS initiative dedicated to research, development, and community involvement to eliminate illiteracy in South Carolina. The Chair will work to bridge the gap between the University and the needs of communities throughout the state.

The required qualifications for this tenure track position include:
* An earned doctorate;
* Achievement commensurate with appointment at the rank of professor is preferred although appointment at the rank of associate professor will be considered;
* A research agenda in childhood literacy and youth services or children's literature;
* A record of publication and successful grant-funded research;
* Excellence in teaching;
* Demonstrated successful projects in community collaboration;
* A history of professional involvement; and
* A commitment to cultural diversity.

The SLIS-MLIS program is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA), and its school media preparation program is approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In addition to the MLIS degree, SLIS offers the Ph.D. and two other post-master's degrees. The School also offers an undergraduate degree in information science.

The University of South Carolina is a Carnegie Research I institution and recognizes that the strength and reputation of SLIS are integral to the mission of the University. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse faculty, staff, and student body, and are responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

The review of applications and nominations for the position will begin December 10, 2010 and continue until the position is filled. Salary is fully competitive. Applicants should submit electronically a letter of intent (including research and teaching and community involvement interests) and curriculum vitae with the names of three references (in .pdf or .doc format) to:

Dean Tom McNally, Chair
Augusta Baker Endowed Chair in Childhood Literacy Search Committee
School of Library and Information Science
1501 Greene Street, 113 Davis College University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: (803) 777-3858; FAX: (803) 777-7938

Friday, November 12, 2010

Conference in India: Nov 2010 (with Alida Allison)

International seminar
(Re)reading Classics in Children’s Literature
Nov.19-21, 2010.
Dear delegate/ participant
I hope you are aware of the international seminar being organized by the Department of English, Bharata Mata College, Thrikkakara, Kochi (affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University), in collaboration with the Children’s Literature Association of India (CLAI), on (Re)reading Classics in Children’s Literature from Nov.19-21,2010.
The keynote speakers of the seminar are Professor Alida Allison, Professor of Children’s Literature, San Diego State University, USA and internationally acclaimed writers Ms. Suniti Namjoshi, and Ms.Anushka Ravishankar.
We have applied for UGC sponsorship and anticipate the fund.
The details regarding conference fees and accommodation are as follows:-
Registration Fees : 2000INR - Foreign Delegates
1000INR - Indian Nationals
( inclusive of Lunch & Tea on working days)
Second class sleeper train fare will be provided for Paper Presenters as per
availability of funds.

Accomodation : 2500 INR Single A/C Rooms ( 3 star hotel)
1400INR - Single A/C Rooms (regular hotel)
850INR - Single Non A/C Rooms (regular hotel)
Budget accommodation:
300INR - Single Non A/C Rooms (Bath Attached)
(meals extra)
Kindly let us know your preference of accommodation by reply e-mail at the earliest so that we can reserve the room of your choice.

We are arranging an optional local tour of the heritage sites of Cochin on Nov.21st. The tour details including expenses will be intimated. Do give in your names, if interested.

If you haven’t send your abstract yet, this is to remind you to kindly send your paper proposals (250 words ) to the conference convenor Laly Mathew, Department of English, Bharata Mata College, Thrikkakara, Cochin-682021, Kerala. Or email her at by 30 August 2010. The full text of the paper is to be submitted before 31 October, 2010. Also please send a copy to, or .

A brief bio-profile of the keynote Speakers
Prof. Alida Allison
Undergraduate Adviser, Children's Literature Program and National Center for the Study of Children's Literature, Dept. of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University, San Diego, California
From My Land to Yours: Chinese Nursery Rhymes, English-language editor
The Grad Student's Guide to Getting Published, Simon and Schuster
Isaac Bashevis Singer: Children's Stories and Childhood Memoirs
Russell Hoban: Forty Years: Essays on His Writing for Children

Suniti Namjoshi, Devon, UK.
Formerly IAS officer in India and former faculty, Dept. of English, University of Toronto, Canada and Exeter University, UK. Has published numerous poems, fables, articles and reviews in anthologies, collections and journals in India, Canada, U.S., Australia and Britain. The Aditi series for children, (8 books published so far)-termed the first truly ‘Indian’ series for children , with Chinese rights sold.Her latest work Building Babel contain an electronic chapter which readers could add to.

Anushka Ravishankar, India.
The best known among Indian children’s writers in the business. Star of Excellence award from France’s National Union of Culture and Libraries in 1999 for Tiger On A Tree, published in the US, and translated into Japanese, Korean and French, From Alphabets are Amazing Animals to Excuse Me, Is This India, Anushka Ravishankar can be said to have pioneered the Indian English nonsense verse form and brought it to international attention.

Venue: Hotel Park Residency
Friday, 19 November 2010
08.00 a.m. – 09. 30 a.m. : Registration
09.30 a.m. - 10.35 a.m. : Inauguration – Suniti Namjoshi, UK
10. 35 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Tea / Coffee
11.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. Keynote Address – Prof. Dr. Alida Allison, California.
11.30 a.m. – 01.00 p.m. Concurrent Session I
01.00 p.m. – 02.00 p.m. Lunch
02.00 p.m. – 03.30 p.m. Concurrent Session II
03.30 p.m. – 03.45 p.m. Tea / Coffee
03. 45 p.m. – 04.30 p.m. Concurrent Session III
05.30 p.m. Cultural Evening
Venue: Bharata Mata College Auditorium
05-30- 06.30p.m. ‘Gurupranam’ – Honouring veteran Children’s Writers of the State
‘Prathibhanguram’-Felicitating winners of Inter-School
Story Re-telling competition
06.30p.m. – 07. 45p.m. “ Bommanahalliyile Kinnarayogi”
Drama adaptation of Kovembu’s re-reading of Pied Piper
08.00p.m. Dinner- Garden Party

Saturday, 20 November 2010
Venue: Hotel Park Residency
09.30 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. Concurrent Session IV
10.30 a.m. – 10.45 a.m. Tea / Coffee
10.45 a.m. – 11.15 a.m. Focal Speech - Ms. Swati J. Raje, India.
11.15 a.m. – 12.45 p.m. Concurrent Session V
12.45 p.m. – 01.45 p.m. Lunch
01.45 p.m. – 03.00 p.m. Concurrent Session VI
0300 p.m. – 03.15 p.m. Tea / Coffee
03.15 p.m. – 03.45 p.m. Concurrent Session VII
03.45 p.m. – 04.00 p.m. Interval
04.00 p.m. – 05.30 p.m. Valedictory Meeting
04.00 p.m. – 04.50 p.m. Responding to Keynote Address (Harper Lee Session)
04.50 p.m. – 04.55 p.m. Welcome
04.55 p.m. 05. 25 p.m. Valedictory Speech- Dr. Manika Subi, Canada
05.25 p.m -. 05. 30 p.m. Releasing of Proceedings
05.30p.m.-05. 35 p.m. Vote of Thanks

Saturday, November 6, 2010

CFP: Conference in Australia July 2011 (paper deadline extended)

Please note that we have extended the deadline for abstracts for the IRSCL 2011 Congress to December 1, 2010. We have received many exciting abstracts which is a good indicator that this will be a fantastic conference. Please encourage and support abstracts from postgrad students and colleagues. The call for abstract details are at:


Children’s literature has always been responsive to the tenor of the times. Texts for children and young adults take up the social, political, and humanistic interests and ideologies of the past and present, as well as speculate about the future. Since the earliest fairy tales, children’s writers have given imaginative interpretation to the darker, riskier side of society, while also offering reassurance, hope, and celebration of the human spirit.

The Congress will address a range of critically important topics, texts, and theories related to the theme of Fear and Safety in Children’s Literature. Confirmed keynote speakers are: Professor Mavis Reimer, Canada Chair in the Culture of Childhood, University of Winnipeg; Professor David Buckingham, Director of the Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media, London University (UK); and Professor Gillian Whitlock, University of Queensland (Australia).

Submissions for abstracts open: 19 July 2010.
Closing date: November 1, 2010.
Please visit the Congress website for details:

-- Kerry Mallan
Professor School of Cultural and Language Studies in Education,
QUTVictoria Park RoadKelvin Grove Q 4059. Australia
Ph: +61 7 31383463Fax: +61 7 31383988

Friday, November 5, 2010

Frances Hodgson Burnett & Princeton Library

The pages of author Frances Hodgson Burnett's manuscript of "Little Lord Fauntleroy" -- separated for nearly a century -- have been reunited in Princeton University's Firestone Library.The full autograph manuscript will be part of an exhibition opening Monday, Nov. 15, in the Main Gallery's 18th-Century Window the library. Titled "Little Lord Fauntleroy Comes to Princeton," the exhibition will include selected items from the Vivian Burnett Collection of Frances Hodgson Burnett, recently acquired with the support of the Friends of the Library.

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Job (Wisconsin)

Assistant Professor of English Education
The English Department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF), a member of the University of Wisconsin System, invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor in English Education, Literature, and Composition/Rhetoric. This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position that begins on August 22, 2011. UWRF is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul statistical area. Please see the University's Web site at for the complete vacancy notice. AA/EEO.

Texas Job: Reading & Lang Arts

Reading/English/Language Arts: Texas Christian University is a private, secular institution with a 14:1 student/faculty ratio and a teacher-scholar model that results in close, mentoring relationships. TCU's mission is teaching to change the world. Faculty members in the College of Education (COE) are dedicated to research that informs teaching and classroom practices. The COE is committed to preparing educators to work with diverse children and youth, PreK-12. TCU is recognized as a Program of Distinction by the International Reading Association. The College of Education seeks a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Reading/English Language Arts. This faculty member will teach undergraduate and graduate courses and conduct and publish research in the Reading/English Language Arts field. Additional expectations include collaboration in multidisciplinary program development, advising and mentoring students, writing grant proposals, participating in service activities, and serving on college and university committees. Qualifications: 1. An earned doctorate in Reading/English Language Arts or a closely related field (completion prior to August 2011); 2. A minimum of three years of successful full time teaching experience in public schools; 3. College teaching experience preferred, in such courses as reading methods, children and adolescent literature, content area reading, analysis of literacy problems, and/or reading for English language learners; 4. Commitment to field-based programs serving diverse learners; 5. Scholarly research in the field of Reading/English language Arts, with the potential for national and international leadership. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, college transcripts, a sample publication, and three letters of recommendation listing phone numbers and e-mail addresses to: Ms. Jeannie Bosillo, Assistant to the Dean; TCU Box 297900; Fort Worth, Texas 76129; fax: 817-257-5525; e-mail: TCU is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and is strongly committed to diversity in the academic community.

Monday, November 1, 2010

New Book on Picture Books

Dear colleagues,

may I draw your attention to a new book on children`s literature and philosophy for children by Eva Zoller Morf, an expert on philosophy for children in Switzerland: "Selber denken macht schlau. Grosse Fragen für kleine Philosophen und Philosophinnen" (Think yourself and get clever. Big questions for small philosophers) in Zytglogge Verlag Zurich 2010, ISBN 978-3-7296-0808-5.

She uses picture books as a basis to philosophical discussions with children from 3 to 13 years on questions like "Where was I before I was born, what happens when I`m dead, why am I alive etc." and documents her work. Her documentation of children`s reactions to picture books is impressive (Eva Zoller Morf`s website is with links to English websites on similar subjects).

Ms Zoller Morf`s previous books on philosophy for children using picture books have already been translated into Polish, Estonian, Czech and Korean, maybe someone would be interested in translating her new book into English or French..

Best regards
Evamaria Zettl
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CFP Tunisia Conference (Apr 2011)

University of Jendouba (Tunisia)
Higher Institute for Human Sciences
Department of English

Call for Papers
Rewriting, Again
April, 13-14 2011

The topic of our international conference this year is REWRITING, which was the focus of our last year’s study day. Owing to the success of the study day, there has been a common agreement among all colleagues and the study day participants that a one-day study day is not enough to cover this multifaceted topic which has innumerable ramifications and touches on all forms of discourse production/interpretation and concerns all disciplines ranging from Cultural Studies, Translation Studies, Literary Theory, History of Ideas, Discourse studies…

To rewrite is to write again, to act on a written record from a different sensibility, ideology and perspective. Along with the general democratisation process that characterises most societies today helped by Globalisation and the revolution it brought about in ICTs, the voices which have been up to now silenced are making themselves heard. History and knowledge are no longer the monopoly of one group, and a whole corpus of established canonical textual institutions is being challenged. André Lefevere rightfully states that "[a]ll rewritings, whatever their intention, reflect a certain ideology and a poetics" (Lefevere 1992b: vii). This rewriting is necessarily manipulative of the already written discourse to "function in a given society in a given way" (ibid.). Whether deliberately or inadvertently, a text is the result of self-rewriting, or a rewriting of another text, through inter-textual affiliation, or through premeditated attempts at reshaping existing sources. It follows that more and more artistic, literary and ideological trends have undertaken rewriting with a more conscious and serious attitude, as a way to rectify, alter or even contest the canonical authority of tradition.

The construct of rewriting has also gained ground with the common agreement among all literary approaches today that the role of the reader in constructing meaning is central. We moved from a situation where the reader's responsibility lies at best in exploring authorial intention, to a situation where the reader is an inevitable partner of the author in constructing meaning, and finally to a situation where the author is denied any authority over meaning before reading takes place.

Starting from these assumptions, our conference welcomes scholars and writers who wish to contribute papers that embark on the following issues:
Rewriting and Inter-textual connections.
Rewriting, political reform and/or political repression.
Rewriting history.
Rewriting and correction.
Tradition, authority, and rewriting.
The reader/reader response and rewriting.
Rewriting and empowering.
Post-structuralism and re-writing
Discourse studies and rewriting.
Linguistics and rewriting
Rewriting, translation and translation theories.
Rewriting and religious authority.
Rewriting in feminist tradition.
Creative writing and rewriting.
Rewriting and postcolonial theory
Rewriting and religious revisionism

Please e-mail your 300-word abstract before the February 28, 2011 to:

N. B. The organisers offer accommodation to all participants except those who live in Jendouba in a lovely hotel in the forest of Ain Draham.


New issue of Barnboken – Journal of Children’s Literature research

The theme of the current issue is nature in children’s and young peoples literature.
All articles are available at and in print.

Inledning/Preface av Janina Orlov, PhD (SWE)

Väderkontraktet: plats, miljörättvisa och eskatologi i Astrid Lindgrens Vi på Saltkråkan [The weather contract: place, environmental justice and escathology in Astrid Lindgrens Vi på Saltkråkan (Seacrow Island)]
Pia Maria Ahlbäck (SWE)

“The pale trees shook, although no wind blew, and it seemed to Tristran that they shook in anger”: “blind space” and ecofeminism in a post-colonial reading of Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess’s graphic novel Stardust (1998)
Alice Curry (ENG)

Confronting ecological futures: global environmental crises in contemporary survival quests for young adults
Yvonne Hammer (ENG)

Frigjord oskuld: heterosexuellt mognadsimperativ i svensk ungdomsroman / Mia Franck
Recensent: Kristina Fjelkestam (SWE)

Inga gåbortsföremål: lekfull litteratur och vidgad kulturdebatt i 1960- och 70-talens Sverige / Lena Kåreland
Recensent: Sara Kärrholm (SWE)

Forthcoming 2011
The first issue of Barnboken 2011 will be a conference issue containing 15-20 papers presented at the Nordic Research Conference held in Stockholm at the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books in April 2010. The title of this special issue will be Aktuell nordisk barnlitteraturforskning (Current Nordic children's literature research). It is being prepared in cooperation with the Institutes for Children’s Books in all the Nordic countries and will be published in February.

Information, questions, orders please contact
Lillemor Torstensson
Lillemor TorstenssonInformation Officer, Editor
The Swedish Institute for Children's Books, Odengatan 61, SE-113 22 Stockholm tel +46 8-54 54 20 51,mobile +46 704 80 49 94, environment a thought before printing this e-mail

CFP: Virginia ChLA June 2011

ChLA Diversity Committee - call for panel proposals for ChLA 2011 (Roanoke, VA - June 23-25, 2011)
Resisting “Americanization” in Literature for Young People
In the past, children’s and young adult narratives have focused on the assimilation of marginalized populations into U.S. culture, often through a character’s attempts to take on aspects of identity traditionally privileged by members of the dominant culture. In recent years, this “melting pot” mentality has been interrogated by authors, and current narratives frequently depict characters who resist or complicate this process of “Americanization,” choosing instead to retain their cultural and self-identities.
This year, the Diversity Committee seeks paper proposals on the topic of resisting “Americanization.” Papers might examine how authors complicate discourse about what it means to be(come) “American” or consider how narratives resist or reinscribe traditional conceptions of “Americanization.” Essays could address issues of language, naming, and traditions, or explore how sexual identity, gender, class, religion, or family structure factor into representations of what it means and looks like to be considered “American.”
Contact co-chairs Thomas Crisp ( or Sarah Park (, with questions. Email a 500-word abstract and a 2-page CV only to by December 15, 2010. Please label your abstract in the titles of attached documents, and include contact information (email and phone number).

Job (Virginia)

Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary and Integrative Studies With a Focus on Childhood and Youth (Tenure-Track)
George Mason University
October 28, 2010
Application Deadline:
December 1, 2010

Employment Level:
Full Time
$51,000 to $55,000 USD

George Mason UniversityAssistant Professor of Interdisciplinary and Integrative Studies With a Focus on Childhood and Youth (Tenure-Track)The George Mason University, New Century College (NCC) on the Fairfax campus is accepting applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning August 2011.The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching undergraduate courses related to theory and practice in the area of childhood and youth studies using an integrative/interdisciplinary approach; and for teaching in Cornerstones, NCC's First-Year Program.This position is part of a larger, collaborative teaching and learning environment with pedagogies that support an integrative studies curriculum and degree program.Competitive candidates for this position should be able to do the following:- Engage students in educational experiences related to the study of children and youth;- Design and teach courses that foster innovative teaching and learning in elementary and secondary environments;- Build programs that encourage student involvement in schools and other community-centered programs;- Incorporate experiential learning and field experiences into courses (e.g., service-learning, internships and study abroad); and- Develop and teach courses that contribute to NCC's education concentrations and minor in childhood studies.Salary Range:$51,000-$55,000, with the possibility of summer teaching opportunities.Qualifications:An earned terminal degree in a social science or education-related discipline, or other relevant area is required; as is evidence of undergraduate teaching experience. In addition, the ideal candidate will adhere to a scholar-practitioner model, demonstrating understanding of children and youth in various contexts. We are especially interested in candidates who have experience working in schools, community agencies and/or other youth-centered organizations. Competitive candidates should also have a strong research agenda and be able to demonstrate interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning principles in the classroom. Those who have secured external funding for research/program development and who maintain an active research agenda will be highly considered.Application:For full consideration, apply for position number F7384z at; complete the faculty application; and upload a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and a teaching philosophy statement. Please mail a statement of research goals, a transcript and three letters of reference to: Sue Woodfine, Childhood and Youth Studies Search Committee, New Century College, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, MSN 5D3, Fairfax, VA 22030. Application deadline is December 1, 2010.New Century College is a nationally prominent division of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Information about the college can be found at George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields including interdisciplinary research and education. Enrollment is 32,000, with students studying in over 150 degree programs. George Mason University is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.