CFP: Toy Stories: The Toy as Hero
Call for Papers Date: 2015-04-01
Date Submitted: 2014-12-16
Announcement ID: 218838
Abstracts are being welcomed for a proposed collection examining the toy as hero. Toys, a celebrated part of childhood and often key figures in children’s imaginative play, have a fantastic history of heroism in print and film. Open to examinations of literature, comics, and film, the collection seeks to be a repository of original essays that analyze the roles toys play as protectors of the child(ren) they love, as heroes of their own stories, or as champions for the greater good.
Possible pieces for consideration:
- The Stuff of Legend
- The Velveteen Rabbit
- The Nutcracker
- Calvin and Hobbes
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
- Toy Story
- Toys in the Attic
- The Indian in the Cupboard
- The Steadfast Tin Soldier
- Midnight in the Dollhouse
- Small Soldiers
- The Mouse and His Child
- Raggedy Ann and Andy
- Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave
Please send a short bio and abstracts of 300-500 words by April 1st. Abstracts on all topics that take an analytical or theoretical approach to the theme are welcome.
Tanya Jones is the co-editor for the collection "The Gothic Fairy Tale in Young Adult Literature: Essays on Stories from Grimm to Gaiman.” She has published widely in the areas of Gothicism, pop culture, and literature. A former English teacher and Department Chairperson, Tanya holds a M.Ed. and has presented her theoretical framework at various conferences and lectures.
Chris Stoneley is an independent scholar, poet, writer, and frequent public storyteller in the LA area.