Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Mrs. Leicester and Ulysses

The Charles Lamb Society presents a half-day seminar in London on December 4, 2008 – at which CLYCC co-founder Malini Roy will be a key speaker. The seminar will especially appeal to anyone with an interest in eighteenth-century/Romantic/early nineteenth-century children's literature. For complete information, see

(For those staying in Oxford, the CLYCC will also meet that day for Ryan Richard Thoreson's talk on the Disney Pre-Teen Empire--see termcard below for more information.)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Place and Space Conference

The website for our March 2009 conference is now up and running: for the Call for Papers, registration information, and more, see

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Michaelmas Term 2008 Schedule

Welcome back to another exciting term of talks and discussions with the University of Oxford Children's Literature and Youth Culture Colloquium. We meet every second week on Thursdays at 5:00 PM in Room 11 of the English Faculty Building. All are welcome!

WEEK 2 (October 23rd):
De-Gnoming the Garden: Colonialism, Xenophobia, and Little People in The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter
Maria Cecire, Keble College
Keble graduate student and CLYCC convener Maria Cecire presents a segment of her doctoral thesis on Oxford-based children’s fantasy and the medieval tradition, drawing from one of her chapters on race and multiculturalism.

WEEK 4 (November 6th):
Meet the New Boss....Same as the Old Boss: Narratives, Strategies, and the Children’s Literature Police
Dr. Diane Purkiss, Keble College
Keble Fellow and children’s author Diane Purkiss discusses how writing for children and young adults is increasingly directed by a central consensus among authority figures while being presented as liberal. Addresses the work of C.S. Lewis, Philip Pullman, and Jenny Downham.

WEEK 6 (November 20th):
Pullman’s Land of the Dead
Dr. Margaret Kean, St. Hilda’s College
St. Hilda’s Fellow and Milton scholar Margaret Kean considers Philip Pullman’s depiction of Hell in His Dark Materials.

WEEK 8 (December 4th):
Adolescence and Ideology in the Disney Pre-Teen Empire
Ryan Richard Thoreson, Hertford College
Hertford graduate student Ryan Richard Thoreson examines the ideology of the Disney Channel's pre-teen lineup, paying special attention to the way that programs like Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, and High School Musical develop and supplement traditional Disney themes for children growing into adolescence.