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Hello there, my friends!

Here are two Calls for Papers that I thought some of you might find of interest.

CFP: Female Rebellion in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction, Proposed Anthology, Due May 1, 2012
Sara K. Day, Miranda Green-Barteet, and Amy L. Montz

In the last decade, stories of dystopian societies have become increasingly prevalent in young adult fiction, and almost all question young people’s places within such societies. Works such as Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games, Lauren Oliver’s Delirium, Ally Condi’s Matched, Veronica Roth’s Divergent, and Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone are particularly concerned with how their adolescent female protagonists’ navigation of social mores and structures give them virtually no control over the outcome of their lives. For example, in The Hunger Games Trilogy, Katniss Everdeen has learned from growing up in Panem, a country that willingly sacrifices its children to maintain control of their parents, that masking emotion is key to survival. Other protagonists, such as Matched’s Cassia and Delirium’s Lena, directly confront experiences of love and desire in societies that have eradicated such feelings.

While these female protagonists challenge the audience’s preconceptions of what it means to be a young woman--someone who is preoccupied with consumer culture, dating dilemmas, and high school cliques--the use of the dystopian genre raises the stakes of adolescent struggles regarding identity, agency, and community. These authors specifically place female protagonists in settings where they must rebel against society to take any control over their own lives and to improve the societies in which they live. Thus, through the realm of dystopian fiction, these authors argue that rebellion against authority allows young women to defy both social and gender expectations in order to become active agents in their own lives, rather than being passive recipients of social mores.

This proposed anthology seeks papers that consider how female protagonists are represented in contemporary young adult dystopian fiction. How are the authors of young adult dystopian fiction consciously (or unconsciously) reinforcing or challenging stereotypical characterizations of female protagonists?

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

•young women as rebels, leaders, or instigators
•young women as the head of the family
•war and its impact on young women
•young women who reject/question socially-constructed feminine virtues
•young women who challenge what it means to be a young women in their individual societies
•role of environment and circumstance in YA dystopian fiction
•claiming female agency in a dystopian society
•female protagonists in YA dystopians compared to female protagonists in more conventional YA novels (i.e., Gossip Girl, The It Girl, or Uglies)
•adolescent female rebellion in YA fiction

We are currently seeking a book contract for this anthology. Please submit a 500-word abstract and a brief CV by May 1, 2012 to: Sara K. Day, Miranda Green-Barteet, and Amy L. Montz at yadystopianfiction@gmail.com.


Ender’s Game and Philosophy
Edited by Kevin S. Decker
The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series

Please circulate and post widely.

To propose ideas for future volumes in the Blackwell series please contact the Series Editor, William Irwin, at williamirwin@kings.edu

If you have comments or criticisms for the series, please read “Fancy Taking a Pop?” at http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/attachments/55564/fancy-taking-pop.pdf

Abstracts and subsequent essays should be philosophically substantial but accessible, written to engage the intelligent lay reader. Contributors of accepted essays will receive an honorarium.

Possible themes and topics might include, but are not limited to, the following: Possible themes and topics might include, but are not limited to, the following: “A Childhood Deferred?”: the ethics of hyper-specialized training for the very young; “The Military and their Monitors”: issues of privacy and civil rights during wartime; “All-Out War”: just war theory and the ethics of total mobilization of Earth society against the buggers; “We Know What You Think”: how and why monitors could be used to keep track of individuals’ inmost thoughts and desires; “They Aren’t Normal; They Act Like—History”: Hegel and the cunning of reason in history and future wars; “The Hook and the Raft”: does the I.F. “System” colonize the human and bugger “Lifeworlds”?; “The Giant’s Drink”; Ender’s training is a simulation, but are we living in one?; “Know Your Enemy”: the strategic philosophies of Sun-Tzu and Ender Wiggin; “Ender’s Game and the Problem of Dirty Hands”; “Constructing Subjects in Space”; Foucault and Ender’s military leaders; “Bugger All!”: when cultural incommensurability turns into conflict; “Wiggin’ the Dog”: ethical and political dimensions of stage-managed wars; “Down with the Warsaw Pact!”: the epistemology of blogging; “Locke and Demosthenes”: ‘virtual’ politics with false personas; “Of Bachelard and Battlerooms”: philosophy of bodies in space; “Peter’s in the Mirror Again”: virtual simulations and artificial intelligence; “Valentine’s Day”; philosophy of emotion in Ender’s Game; “Like a Gun”: is Ender responsible for the terrible consequences of his actions, or has he been a pawn for the I.F.?

Submission Guidelines:

1. Submission deadline for abstracts (100-500 words) and CV(s): March 19, 2012.

2. Submission deadline for drafts of accepted papers: June 18, 2012.

Kindly submit by e-mail (with or without Word attachment) to: Kevin S. Decker at kdecker@ewu.edu

Check out the series website: http://andphilosophy.com/

Speaking of science fiction, Librivox has just added an unabridged reading of Edmond Hamilton's classic The City at World's End.

Is everyone ready for The Hunger Games? Here I am, in front of the Mellarks' bakery (or the film set for it, at least). I waited and waited, but no baker's son ever threw me any bread. Ah, well...

Me in front of Mellark's Bakery

I highly recommend Delia Sherman's new novel The Freedom Maze (you can read my review here). It's the source of my quote for the day:
"Why didn't any of the books mention that adventures were like taking a test you hadn't studied for?"


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
Where is this?
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
It's the old Henry River Mill Village that's almost right in my backyard (Burke County, North Carolina), where they filmed the District 12 sequences for the Hunger Games movie. I've got a longer description and a bunch of photos of the buildings (including the houses used for Katniss's home and others) here.
Mar. 21st, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
My brother and his family live in Hickory. Sounds like a good trip for the nieces and me!
Mar. 24th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed! If you're in this neck of the woods and you fancy meeting up in Hickory for coffee or something, let me know. :D
Mar. 21st, 2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info the anthos. I'm particularly intrigued by the first one. It all depends on if I can pull together a cogent proposal by the deadline.
Mar. 23rd, 2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! I'm in the same boat with you: it's a question of timing/scheduling. May will be here before we know it!

I do hope you're able to submit something. I'd love to read an essay of yours on this topic.
Mar. 22nd, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
I take it that Hunger Games is a movie I should go see?
Mar. 23rd, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
I do think so! I'll be watching it today, and I'll post my reaction. I have very high hopes, especially considering the author's involvement with the screenplay and the casting.

I'd suggest reading (or listening to) the first book in the trilogy before seeing it, though, if at all possible. I highly recommend the novel.

Edited at 2012-03-23 02:26 pm (UTC)
Mar. 28th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
That feminine rebellion one has been tugging at my subconscious for a while now and I've almost fully formulated an idea . . . something to do with fate of the girls in The City of Gold and Lead and Katniss's disturbing similarities to them in Catching Fire. *scratches head* Maybe.
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