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Fear and Safety in Children’s Literature

May 2, 2011

I can’t go, but it sounds interesting! …The IRSCL (The International Research Society for Children’s Literature) Congress for 2011 is on

Fear and Safety in Children’s Literature

In their brief, they write: “Children’s literature has always been responsive to the tenor of the times. Texts for children and young adults take up the social, political, and humanistic interests and ideologies of the past and present, as well as speculate about the future. Since the earliest fairy tales, children’s writers have given imaginative interpretation to the darker, riskier side of society, while also offering reassurance, hope, and celebration of the human spirit.”

The possible topics proposed suggest some truly interesting themes!

Possible topics:

* Risky Business (e.g. corporations; risk & resilience; exhilaration)
* Who’s Watching? Who’s Listening? (e.g. surveillance; laughter; censorship; audience; privacy; voyeurism)
* It’s Not Easy Being Green (e.g. activism; environments & environmentalism; agency; difference)
* Exploring the Dark Side (e.g. subversion; humour; [ethical] boundaries; moralities)
* Temptations (e.g. consumption; pleasure; privilege; seduction; power)
* Transformations (e.g. adaptation; translation; epiphanies; bodies; terrorism; carnivalesque)
* Old Ghosts (e.g. corporeality; spectres; hauntings; return of the repressed; histories; exorcisms)
* Out of Bounds (e.g. transgressions; migrations; rebellions & conformities; citizenship; playfulness; liminality)
* Safe Spaces (e.g. nostalgia; globalisation; cyber-cultures; sanctuaries)
* Secrets and Lies (e.g. sexual abuse; survival; trauma; recovery; truths; jokes; deceptions)
* Memory and Forgetting (e.g. origins; nostalgia; memorials; repressions; amnesia; archives)

(as listed on Research Raven)

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