Children’s Literature and the Inner World

Image by Jonathan Gross, from Off Road to Everywhere by Philip Gross (Salt, 2010)

Image by Jonathan Gross, from Off Road to Everywhere by Philip Gross (Salt, 2010)

The adolescent brain, Lacanian wordplay, a non-standard once-child, and the contents of a mysterious box all featured in the 2nd NCRCL Conference: ‘Children’s Literature and the Inner World.’ Sunshine and a dynamic group of delegates added to a very successful event. Thanks to all of the presenters – particularly plenary speakers David Rudd (Bolton), Farah Mendlesohn (newly of Anglia Ruskin) and Philip Gross (Glamorgan).

A full report to follow…

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About Alison Waller

I am a Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL) at Roehampton University in London. My main research areas are young adult fiction and the practice and philosophy of reading. My monograph Constructions of Adolescence in Fantastic Realism was published by Routledge in 2009 and I have also edited a collection of essays for the Palgrave Macmillan New Casebook Series on Melvin Burgess (2013). I am currently working on a project called ‘Time-Capsules’, which asks how adults reread and negotiate relationships with books from their pasts.

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