115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Children's Literature I

Session Chair: 
Scott Pollard, Christopher Newport University
Session 1: Friday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Henry 107


  1. Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo, University of Hawaii, West Oahu
    Focusing on Emma Donoghue’s fairy-tale retellings for young readers, my paper explores the implications of stories that stray from the conventional script of children’s literature. Instead of securely positioning the child on the path toward reproductive futurism, these tales “unhome” their characters, present radical visions of queer futurity, and upend normative child-adult relations. 
  2. Kate Carnell Watt, University of California, Riverside
    Surveillance of poor children pervades Victorian literature.  Whether the scrutiny comes from a policeman, a gentleman, a sinister adult criminal, or the child’s own sense of his visibility and the inevitability of punishment, poor children are a constant source of anxiety and therefore a constant subject of observation in Victorian novels written about or for poor children.
  3. Derek Pacheco, Purdue University
    This essay argues that Gollum’s seemingly queer illegibility becomes intelligible within the framework of the discourse of privacy governing heteronormative masculinity.  In the process, the novel strips from normative masculinity the authority of convention and questions the costs of blindly adhering to it. 
Session Cancelled: