Children and Fame
Deadline: March 15, 2012
Media critics often discuss how Americans are hooked on fame starting from childhood. Many popular book series have protagonists who suddenly find themselves famous and must learn how to negotiate that fame. These series, along with many YA films, perpetuate the idea that given the right circumstances anyone can be famous. This panel — held at the MLA in Boston, January 2013 — will investigate the relationship between children and fame. How do authors and directors present fame? What are the different attitudes regarding fame presented in texts? Do texts with famous protagonists fuel American readers’ fascination with fame? Does fan fiction exist because of our addiction to fame? Please send 500 word abstracts and a short bio by Mar 15, 2012 to Nicole Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org.