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

Children's Literature II

Session Chair: 
Cait Weiss Orcutt, University of Houston
Session 7: Saturday 10:20-11:50am
Salon I (ET)


  1. Kent Hooper, University of Puget Sound
    I am in the process of building a fully searchable online archive of illustrated editions of Mother Goose rhymes that will then allow scholars to employ data-mining strategies to answer questions and test hypotheses that relate to such a large number of texts and related illustrations.
  2. Maude Hines, Portland State University
    This paper reads Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree against his writing for Playboy, exploring the line we've drawn between children's and adult literature as a site of nostalgic fantasy. Popular and critical reactions to The Giving Tree reflect a paradoxical nostalgia for the future: fans see an innocence regained through an example of selfless giving, while those who decry it as sexist or ecologically immoral also rely on an idea of the child as innocent, impressionable, and a repository of hope for the future. 
  3. Jessica L. Krzeminski, University of California at Davis
    Psychoanalysis privileges the adult’s retrospective formulation of childhood. Engaging with current critics of Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalytic practice and theory, I argue that Monique Wittig’s novel The Opoponax effectively distills childhood as its own space in which language can produce wholeness rather than traumatic fragmentation.  
  4. Maria Cecilia Ruiz, University of San Diego
    I discuss Juan Felipe Herrera’s and Francisco Alarcón’s different approaches to writing bilingual poetry for children.  Herrera wants to “pierce space and time, bring about kindness and have a lot of crazy fun.” Alarcón wants to invite readers to reemember, resist and recreate for empowerment.
Session Cancelled: