113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Children's Literature I

Session Chair: 
Maryna Matlock, The Ohio State University
Session 6: Saturday 8:30-10:00am
Salon I (ET)


  1. Angela Ridinger-Dotterman, Queensborough Community College
    Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books have long occupied a secure place in children’s fiction.  While Cleary’s Ramona only ages about six years from her first appearance in the series to the final Ramona book, the Portland around Ramona transitions from the robust economy of the 1950s through the economically depressed 1970s and 1980s into the comparative stability of the 1990s.  This essay examines the ways in which the novels connect the Quimby family’s changing economic status to Ramona’s “timeless” childhood experiences.
  2. William Thompson, MacEwan University
      Memory has a particular function for the life writing and fiction of L. M. Montgomery. While often sentimental and nostalgic, memory in the journals and the Anne series breaks down temporal boundaries, enabling both the author and her characters to explore present pain in the light of past suffering.
  3. Laura Barnard, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
    In the work of Pratchett and Gaiman, Death is figured as an anthropomorphized character. Through clever intertextuality and witty prose, Death is brought closer to human interaction, particularly with children, and adults of all ages.
Session Cancelled: