CFP: Special issue of The Lion and the Unicorn on Anne of Green Gables

The Lion and the Unicorn, a peer-reviewed academic journal about children’s literature published by Johns Hopkins University Press, invites essay submissions for a special issue on L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, guest-edited by Michelle Ann Abate.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

• the past place, present status and future importance of Anne in children’s literature
• Anne and (de)construction of gender and girlhood
• the pastoral tradition and literary romanticism in Anne
• Anne and/as adolescent literature
• Anne and Canadian identity, literature, nationalism and culture
• cinematic, theatrical and television adaptations of the Anne story
• Anne in American, British and Canadian popular and material culture
• Anne and/in the evolution of the “girls’ book”
• L.M. Montgomery as Anne author and icon
• Anne as a reflection and/or revision of the orphan story
• female friendship in Anne; the novel as both homosocial and possibly homoerotic/queer
• re-reading Anne in light of recent news about Montgomery’s battle with depression and her death by suicide
• Centenary celebrations of the publication of Anne; Montgomery’s classic at 100

Essays should be 15–20 pages (4,500–6,000 words) in length. Please send submissions for this special issue electronically as Microsoft Word attachments to Michelle Ann Abate at

To facilitate anonymous review, essays should contain no identifying information. Instead, the author’s name, email and postal address should appear in the message that accompanies the submission. Submissions should conform to the Modern Language Association bibliographic style.

See the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed., for procedures regarding in-text citations and Works Cited.

Deadline: June 1st, 2009