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

Children's Literature II

Session Chair: 
Stacie Vos, University of California, San Diego
Session 2: Friday 10 – 11:30 am
Henry 107


  1. Scott Pollard, Christopher Newport University, Kara K. Keeling, Christopher Newport University
    The paper uses food/foodways as cultural markers to compare the radically different historical visions of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books (as a triumphalist narrative of individual self-sufficiency) and Louise Erdrich's Birchbark Series (as an egalitarian indigenous community in dialogue with other indigenous and western communities around it).
  2. Matthew Meier, University of Southern California
    This paper examines how the language and imagery of Harry Potter has permeated the vernacular of the Millennial generation. In presenting a narrative universe that so deftly reflected the values and characteristics of its generational audience, Rowling provided Millennials with a visual and narrative framework for engaging ideologies within and beyond the text, including forms of activism and fan participation facilitated by the emergence of new digital platforms.
  3. Amanda Anderson, Delaware State University, Noelle I. Mouhtarim, Delaware State University
    This essay argues that the larger problem behind Samirah and Riordan’s other under-developed minority characters is that simply adding minorities to conventional fantasy texts fails to provide accurate representations of minority figures. Inclusion and visibility are not enough, and we should not settle for making minority figures more visible for the dominant culture, but strive for accurate representation. 
Session Cancelled: