Louisa May Alcott Society Call for Papers: ALA, May 26-29, 2016, San Francisco, CA
Alcott for Grown-ups
While Louisa May Alcott notoriously complained about her role as a chief provider of “moral pap for the young,” after the widespread success of Little Women, her identity as “the children’s friend” was firmly sealed. Turning away from this unilateral understanding of Alcott and her work, this panel seeks to examine the ways Alcott’s identity and body of work engages with or problematizes grown-up-ness. We welcome papers that analyze Alcott’s writing for adults as well as those that complicate the study of Alcott’s work as children’s literature within the development of American Realism.
Possible topics might include:
Alcott’s fiction and nonfiction for adults
Negotiation of audience
Alcott and American Realism
Alcott’s relationships to her peer authors (writing for children or adults)
Depictions of grown-up questions/issues
Sex and sexuality
Drug and alcohol use
Marriage, fidelity, and infidelity
Crime and the law
Alcott and political economy
Sensational and anti-sensational literature
Representations of childhood and/or adulthood
Reading children’s literature as adult literature
Age and aging
Constructions of “adult,” “child,” “woman,” “girl,” etc.
Please send 250-word abstracts to Marlowe Daly-Galeano at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> by January 20, 2016.