The Fall 2015 newsletter of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) includes my member-organized panel on Crossover Texts, which I proposed for the 2016 conference that will take place on 28–31 May 2016, during the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences held at the University of Calgary. Proposals and inquiries are warmly welcomed—there would certainly be lots of ways to connect with L.M. Montgomery’s life, work, and legacy! The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2015.
Organizer: Benjamin Lefebvre (Ryerson University)
The term “crossover fiction” refers usually to texts that cross the boundary between children’s literature and adult literature, in terms of target readership and genre. While there are countless examples of texts that were published for one group but embraced by readers of all ages, the term can also be applied to texts that require some form of textual transformation and texts that fit imperfectly within textual categories.
For this panel, I invite proposals for papers that consider crossover texts of any kind and by authors of any cultural group, including the following:
- Adaptations or reworkings across media (including oral storytelling, commodities, and tourism) or within one medium;
- Adaptations across genres and readerships, such as YA novels made into films for a general audience;
- Transmedia storytelling and questions of authorship, ownership, and branding;
- New and/or transnational editions, including attempts to revise problematic older texts and to redesign books from one genre to fit within another;
- Versions across authors’ careers, including shifts from periodical to book publication and authors’ revisitations of their own work;
- Movements from “high” (literary) genres to “low” genres (fantasy, romance, detective) and formats (comics and graphic novels);
- Texts by minoritized authors that cross over from niche publishing to mainstream success;
- Rewrites across cultures, national boundaries, and age-based readership categories, including revisionist texts, mash-ups, and parodies.
Please send the following to the panel organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 November 2015: a file containing a 300- to 500-word paper proposal, with no identifying marks of any kind; a file containing a 100-word abstract and a 50-word biographical statement; the 2016 Proposal Information Sheet available on the ACCUTE website. You must be an ACCUTE member in good standing to apply for a member-organized session.