We are pleased to announce that our panel for ALA: “Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in the Nineteenth Century” is now sponsored by The Children’s Literature Society.
CFP: Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in the Nineteenth Century
Proposed Panel for ALA, May 22-25, 2014, Washington D.C.
Deadline for abstracts: Jan 13, 2014
Childhood studies had been steadily growing as an important field in US nineteenth-century literature and culture, complicating our understanding of the boundary between adult and child and asking what happens when we foreground the child. Taking this as our starting point, we are interested in exploring how texts that are written for girls, or that represent girls, participate in the work of reform through an evangelical agenda. More specifically, what kind of cultural work does this evangelical literature perform through its representations of childhood, kinship structures, discipline, authority, education, race, and class?
Children’s series books
Treatments of evangelicalism
Post-bellum representations of the South and the plantation novel
Children’s abolitionist literature
Treatment of animals
Treatments of discipline
Representations of kinship relations
Education, The Common School Movement or the Home School Movement
The American Sunday School Movement
The American Tract Society
Possible Writers: Lydia Sigourney, Lydia Maria Child, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Maria Cummins, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Susan Warner, Annie Fellows Johnson, Martha Finley, and Louisa May Alcott.
Please send a 500-word abstract and brief CV to Robin Cadwallader (RCadwallader@francis.edu<mailto:RCadwallader@francis.edu>) or Allison Giffen (Allison.firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:Allison.email@example.com>).