I know I've got YA readers out there, and I'm sure there some academics too, so I thought I'd share. And bonus points in the comments if can identify the source of all six symbols!
Tricia Clasen (contributor to Bitten By Twilight and Heroines in Comics and Literature) and Holly Hassel (Contributor to Of Bread, Blood and The Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy and co-author of The Critical Companion to JK Rowling) call for proposals for essays to be included in an upcoming anthology focused on gender in young adult literature and popular culture. We have an interested publisher but require a full prospectus for a confirmed contract.
Sitting at the intersection of cultural studies and literary studies, our vision for this edited collection is to collect diverse and complementary examinations of how gender operates in children’s and young adult literature. As a result, essays accepted for this collection should contribute to an understanding of the potential impact and of the current status of gender portrayals in children’s and young adult texts. The editors seek proposals from a broad range of gender studies approaches: feminist critiques and readings of popular or non-mainstream texts, readings from the perspective of masculinity studies, and examinations of gender construction (boys/girls/trans*). Further, we imagine an expansive definition of "texts" that might include a range of traditional print texts such as novels, short stories, picture books, nonfiction, etc as well as comic books, mixed texts/image texts (such as the Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Ellie McDoodle series), graphic novels, and other print and electronic texts aimed at child and adolescent readers.
The topics below are intended as suggestions, but the editors welcome related proposals:
- gender and genre conventions in popular series
- subversive approaches to gender
- femininity, masculinity in popular or alternate series
- gender, race, class, and difference in children’s and young adult literature
- treatment of sexuality and trans* issues in children’s texts
- evolving representations of gender, femininity, masculinity in specific works by a single author or within a genre
- Responses to evolving gender representations in literature-based fan communities and/or social networking sites.
- Treatment of diversified gendered perspectives upon adaptation
For submissions, please include: a proposed chapter title an abstract of your proposed essay (no more than 500 words), including your proposed area of inquiry, original thesis, and overview of the essay’s argument. an abbreviated curriculum vitae highlighting your relevant teaching, research, and service experience to the book’s focus.
Deadline for proposals: July 15, 2014 NEW DEADLINE: AUGUST 11TH, 2014!
Please submit your materials as a single word or PDF document as an attachment. Copy Dr. Tricia Clasen (Tricia.Clasen@uwc.edu) and Dr. Holly Hassel (Holly.Hassel@uwc.edu).