112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Children's Literature I

Session Chair: 
Alixandria Lombardo, San Diego State University
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
RCC Meeting Room 8


  1. Maryna Matlock, The Ohio State University
    The protagonist of Gaiman’s Coraline subverts and yet cannot entirely escape the narrative in which she is scripted—and neither can we. As Coraline picks apart the webs of a fabricated otherworld—where signifiers miscarry as so many broken eggs, soulless husks, button eyes, and evacuated I’s—we expect Coraline to resolve her boredom; instead, however, we find that she has never been quite so board(ed)—bound by frames and windows and mirrors that likewise conscript the very essence of ourselves.
  2. Meghmik Mardian, Independent Scholar
    Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle has taken fairy tales about beautiful girls who are punished by old women, and rewritten them to critique modern female anxieties regarding beauty and age. Gaiman shows that women have internalized the ideals of beauty that the patriarchy originally enforced as a mechanism to control them, and now women have begun policing themselves instead of fighting the oppression.
  3. Alya Hameed, San Diego State University
    This paper will critically examine Paranorman through gothic and feminist readings, focusing on Norman's heteronormative and abject relationships (notably with the ghost-witch Agatha and his friend neil) in order to determine the implications the film has on male and femalehood. The ending allows for a complete subversion of certain aspects of society, but does this come at the cost of suppressed femininity?
Session Cancelled: