Friday, October 25, 2013 (All day)
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Thompson Room, Barker Center, Harvard University, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Sensing Wonder, Serious Play: Ecology and Children’s Literature

A Graduate Student Conference hosted by Harvard University's American Studies Program

Keynote Speaker: Sara St. Antoine
Student Moderators: Steven Brown, Evander Price

In 1962, Rachel Carson published her famous environmental treatise against the sterilization of Nature. Silent Spring was meant to capture the imagination of an adult audience. Three years later, Carson’s writing found a different audience with her posthumous, The Sense of Wonder, where she wished for all children “a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.”

As the title suggests, we would like to explore children’s literature through an ecocritical lens, giving priority to the ways in which these texts illustrate the relationship between nature and children. Though this conference focuses on children’s literature, we also invite papers on the illustrations and film adaptations which correspond to that literature. We hope this conference will entice scholars who work not only in literary disciplines but in any discipline which might offer further insight into this topic: Child Psychology, for instance, and Environmental History. See: more information.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: September 15, 2013 to the above email address.


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Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
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