116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Children's Literature: Fantasies and Performances of Culture

Session Chair: 
Amanda Anderson, Delaware State University
Session 7: Sunday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 152


  1. Heather K. Cyr, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
    This presentation will argue that setting children's fantasies within liminal urban spaces can grant child protagonists critical agency; it does so by comparing how Charlie Fletcher’s Stoneheart (2005-2007) and Dragon Shield (2014-2017) trilogies and Edith Nesbit’s The Phoenix and the Carpet (1904) and The Story of the Amulet (1906) interact with London's landscapes.
  2. William Russell Sype, Independent Scholar
    This talk explores the phenomenon of “juvenile” productions of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas from 1879 to the mid-1880s.  Though originally written for and performed by adults, Gilbert & Sullivan operettas proved to be popular vehicles for juvenile performances. Based on contemporary newspaper accounts, advertising trade cards, and first-hand narratives, I present an overview of the productions and speculate on why they were so popular in this time period.
  3. Danbee Moon, University of Washington
    This paper analyzes fairy tales that draw on fantastical and didactic elements. Taking MacDonald’s The Light Princess as an example, I suggest that the function of the traditional happy ending is to provide a lens through which readers can focus more on sacrifices made by characters. I consider the implications of a narrative world that privileges the performance of emotions as a mode of communication and expression, and in particular, the abilities to express and perform pain.
  4. Amanda Anderson, Delaware State University
    In Anne of Green Gables  (1908), Anne finds a way to enrich her cultural identity, not by physical travel, but through her remarkable and vivid imagination. The source of Anne’s cultural realization is her reading and play, which effectively function as a substitute for the act of transatlantic travel.
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