Children’s Literature and the Inner World
2nd NCRCL Conference
Saturday 12 May, 2012
Duchesne Building, University of Roehampton
If, according to David Lodge, literature is a record of human consciousness, then children’s literature can potentially offer fascinating perspectives on the interior lives of children and young people. This conference will explore relationships between imaginative writing and the workings of the mind. It is a chance to examine how authors and readers approach the troubling question of how we can know what goes on within other people’s heads, especially when those other people are children.
Confirmed plenary session speakers are: Philip Gross (University of Glamorgan); Farah Mendlesohn (Middlesex University); David Rudd (University of Bolton); and Alison Waller (University of Roehampton)
09:30: Registration and coffee
10:00: Welcome from Gillian Lathey, Director of the NCRCL
10:15: Alison Waller: ‘Inside the Young Adult Brain’
11:15: Comfort break
11:30: David Rudd: ‘Inner and Outer, One Möbius Strip Later’
13.30: Parallel sessions*
15:15: Farah Mendlesohn: ‘What is this Child you Speak of?’
16.15: Philip Gross on creative work with young people: ‘Outside In’
17.15: Wine reception
1. Memory, Public and Private
Catherine Butler (University of the West of England) ‘Ancestral Voices: Remembering the Home Front in Near-Future Dystopias’
Irina Kyulanova (University of Leicester) ‘“The darkness has a shape”: Images of Trauma in Young Adult War Novels and Memoirs'
2. Love and Embarrassment
Magdalena Sikorska (Kazimierz Wielki University, Poland) ‘Graphic emotions: affective visual language in contemporary picturebooks’
Erica Gillingham (Independent Researcher) ‘When Love Takes Over: falling in love and coming out in young adult fiction’
3. Human and Non-human Perception
Catriona Nicholson (Reading University) ‘Through a Glass Darkly: Landscape and Inscape in The Way to Sattin Shore’
Anthony Pavlik (Boğaziçi University, Turkey) ‘Considering the Anthropomorphism Paradox’
4. Interiority and Children’s Reading
Jeffrey Canton (York University, Canada) ‘Curiouser and Curiouser: A Childist Approach to Reading Children’s Literature’
Margot Stafford (Rockhurst University, US) ‘Beauty and The My Book House Home Library: Childhood Reading as Interior Design'
To book a space at this conference, please visit: http://estore.roehampton.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?catid=74&modid=2&compid=1.
Lucy Parson (firstname.lastname@example.org)