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Kalamazoo International Congress on Medieval StudiesIf you've an idea, send it along! We'd love to have you!
Growing Up Medieval: The Middle Ages in Children's and Young Adult Literature
The generation which 'grew up' with J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter are now young scholars going into doctoral training and embarking on academic careers. The session explores the visions and versions of the Middle Ages which, like Rowling's, can serve to spark interest in an era where students are increasingly unlikely to enounter the medieval period through their elementary and high school years. What kinds of medievalist texts are written for children and young people? How are decidedly adult Middle Ages-influenced texts like "Game of Thrones" impacting them? What ideas about the Middle Ages are taught to young people through popular fiction? The session welcomes papers which engage in theoretically engaged readings of individual texts or author's oeuvres.
Please send a 200 word abstract with a Participant Information Form (available via https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions) and short biography to email@example.com by September 15th.