Call for Paper: The Uses of Children’s literature in Political Contexts

The Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, June 13–14, 2018.

Kimberly Reynolds, Professor of Children’s literature at Newcastle University. Her latest book is Left Out: the forgotten radical tradition in children's publishing in Britain, 1910-1949 (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Torben Weinreich, Professor of Children’s literature at Aarhus University.  His latest book is Den socialistiske børnebog/ The Socialist Children’s book (Roskilde universitetsforlag, 2015).

Call for Paper:
Children’s literature is a product of its time and place and it is often closely connected to political contexts. It can also be understood as a site of performative action, as it constructs and reconstructs often seemingly neutral and natural representations that are in fact representations of different power relations and political agendas. Placing children’s literature in political contexts is to focus different ideological values, but also how they are represented, and how children’s books are produced, published and used. As Kimberly Reynolds have argued, children’s literature contributes to the social, political and aesthetic alteration of culture by empowering its readers to approach beliefs, issues, and objects from new perspectives and thus it makes way for change. We want to encourage research on children’s literature in different political contexts from 1800 until today, in relation to a number of important and closely interconnected topics, such as

o Politics and aesthetics
o Politics and genre
o Politics and publishing
o Politics and the reader
o Politics and historiography

Please submit your abstract of 250-300 words and a short, academic bio by January 22, 2018 to and

Organizer: Anna Nordenstam and Olle Widhe, The Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden,

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