Our biennial graduate student conference, Fresh from the Fight: Heroes, Villains & Tricksters in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture has been rescheduled to July 2-4 2021.
Taking inspiration from how Greta Thunberg, Autumn Peltier, and Emma González have become advocates for global, social, and environmental change, more and more children, teens, and young adults are stepping into the roles of heroes and champions to some—and as troublemakers or rebels to others. For years, children’s and young adult media has told the same story—from crime-fighting vigilante groups to the ‘Chosen One’ narrative—and as a new generation comes of age in the wake of such stories, life once again begins to imitate art. In the context of children’s and young adult literature, villains often, but don’t necessarily, take the form of powerful governments or adults who won’t listen. At the same time, diverse narratives and nuanced figures (such as tricksters and anti-heroes) reveal ambiguities within this dichotomy of heroes, villains, and perceptions of “good” and “evil.” Fresh from the Fight: Heroes, Tricksters, and Villains in Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Culture is a space to interrogate these narratives. This three-day conference will be held on July 2nd – 4th, 2020 and will showcase graduate student research in children’s and young adult literature. We are particularly interested in research and creative work that draw on the broadly interpreted themes of heroes, tricksters, and villains.
For more information, check out the conference website.