9th Raddall Symposium

July 9 - 11, 2015

Symposium Organizers:
Andrea Schwenke Wyile
, English & Theatre Dept. Acadia University, Wolfville, NS
Vivian Howard, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Sue Fisher, Eileen Wallace Children’s Literature Collection, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB

Symposium Focus:
There are many varied representations of children and youth in Atlantic Canadian Literature, be they in realistic or fantastic fiction, in (auto)biography, in poetry, in texts that incorporate illustration such as picture books or comics: Kevin Major’s Hold Fast, David Adams Richards’s Lives of Short Duration, Christie Ann Conlin’s Heave, Kathleen Winters’s Annabel, Lynn Coady’s Strange Heaven, Andy Jones’s Jack tales… Likewise there are many representations of setting both realist and imaginary, critical and nostalgic: Antonine Maillet’s Acadie, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Prince Edward Island, Richards’s Miramichi… What do these books tell us about childhood and youth, its spoken and unspoken challenges? About place in a geographical and social sense? About the place of children or youth in relationships with peers, adults, institutions? About the place of stories for or about children? And how do readers and critics respond to them?

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