PCA/ACA

Children/Young Adult Series Books and Dime Novels

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Call for papers: 

CALL FOR PAPERS

The PCA Children’s/Young Adult Series Books and Dime Novels division is accepting proposals for presentations at the next PCA/ACA annual conference, to be held in Washington, DC from April 17-20, 2019. See http://pcaaca.org for more information on the conference.

Papers may cover (but are not limited to) any aspect of the following topics: authors, publishers, major characters, themes, readership, bibliography or research methods, social commentary, early or noteworthy genre forms, print culture, special collections, and representation of gender, race, class, etc.

The division has two distinct but related areas of interest: juvenile series books of all types and eras, including 20th-century publications like those of the Stratemeyer Syndicate and its imitators (Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, etc.) as well as recent and ongoing series (Harry Potter, Twilight, Choose Your Own Adventure, etc.); and the series books’ precursors: early popular publications for mass audiences of all ages (dime novels, nickel weeklies, story papers, etc.). Papers addressing either or both of these areas will be considered.

Participants do not need to be PCA/ACA members, academics, or professional writers to submit proposals; however, membership in either PCA or ACA and conference registration are required in order to present.

All participants are requested to submit a 250-word abstract with title. First-time participants with this division are encouraged to submit a 1-2 page proposal, including a bibliography, along with the abstract.

The deadline for paper proposals is October 1, 2018. Early submission is strongly encouraged.

Please send all inquiries to:

Demian Katz

Villanova University

demian.katz@villanova.edu

Area chairs

demian-katz-7271