Children’s Literature, Comics/Graphic Novels, and Childhood Studies at MLA 2022

Here are all of the Children’s Literature and Comics/Graphic Novels sessions at the 2022 MLA, held this year in person in Washington, DC! Some of the conference will also be held on-line at [insert your location here]! I plan to be there in person, which will be my very first in-person conference or invited talk since early 2020 – indeed, since the last in-person MLA, in Seattle, in January of that fateful year.

Did I miss any sessions that should be here? Let me know and I’ll add ’em. Thanks!

All times are Eastern Standard Time.

Sessions marked by a “V” are on-line only.


12 – Graphic Narrative in Spanish: Memory as Transitional Justice

Thursday, 6 January 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM

Marriott Marquis – Marquis 15

For related material, write to estherclaudio@g.ucla.edu

Presider: Esther Claudio, U of California, Los Angeles

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42V – Indigenous Young Adult Novels

Thursday, 6 January 2022, 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Presider: Angela Calcaterra, U of North Texas

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77 – Drum Dream Girls and Northern Lights Kids: New Models of Constructing Childhood for New Children

Thursday, 6 January 2022, 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Marriott Marquis – Howard University

Presider: Cristina Rhodes, Shippensburg U

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196 – Comics on the Border

Friday, 7 January 2022, 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Marriott Marquis – Mint

Examining comics that contest borders national, cultural, and linguistic in a United States context, speakers emphasize how borders in comics allow for thinking through hybrid and marginalized identities and the material constraints on communities. How might comics contribute to the creation of identity and community through production, circulation, and the making of audiences and networks?

Presider: Janine M. Utell, Widener U

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227 – Contemporary Migration in Coming-of-Age Novels

Friday, 7 January 2022, 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Marriott Marquis – Marquis 16

Presider: Ricardo Quintana-Vallejo, U Nacional Autónoma de México

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302V – Political Childhoods, Political Children

Friday, 7 January 2022, 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Presider: Mary Zaborskis, Penn State U, Harrisburg

Children’s and YA literature affirms youth are used for the political gain of others and are themselves interested in politics. This panel brings together archival research, literary objects, and historical narratives to consider what it means to be a political child and a politicized child across cultural, racial, and geographic contexts. Participants consider how children negotiate the discursive and material limits imposed on them by adults and institutions.

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379 – Anima Mundi: Finding Our Shared Ecological Experience in Nonenvironmental Children’s Literature

Friday, 7 January 2022, 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM

Marriott Marquis – Howard University

Presider: Heidi A. Lawrence, U of Glasgow

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407V – Reading and Translating Comics in Two Directions

Saturday, 8 January 2022,  8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Presider: Lan Dong, U of Illinois, Springfield

Respondent: Yasmine Khayyat, Rutgers U, New Brunswick

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457 – Word Play: Nonstandard English and Multilingualism in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Saturday, 8 January 2022, 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Marriott Marquis – Independence C

For related material, write to blankpaige@gmail.com

Presider: [not listed]

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528A – Children’s Literature Pedagogies in an Age of Misinformation

Saturday, 8 January 2022, 1:45PM – 3:00PM

Marriott Marquis – Judiciary Square

Presider: Philip Nel, Kansas State U

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579 – Manga’s Global Influence

Saturday, 8 January 2022, 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM

Marriott Marquis – Independence H

Participants examine manga’s global influence as it travels to other countries (Korea, Senegal, Canada, the United States) and is transformed by local cartoonists making new work that innovates genres and intervenes as forms of anticolonial endeavors.

Presiders: Leah Misemer, Georgia Inst. of Tech; Margaret Galvan, U of Florida.

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583 – Streetwise: Children’s Literature and Culture in the Modern City

Saturday, 8 January 2022, 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM

Marriott Marquis – Howard University

Presider: Kristin B. Bluemel, Monmouth U

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626 – Tactical Comics

Sunday, 9 January 2022, 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Marriott Marquis – Independence G

Presider: [not listed]

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643V – Art Spiegelman’s Maus at Thirty

Sunday, 9 January 2022,  10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Art Spiegelman’s graphic memoir Maus has had an outsize influence since its publication thirty years ago. Scholars in memory studies, Holocaust studies, memoir studies, Jewish studies, and comics studies discuss the development of teaching strategies and scholarship related to Maus over the past thirty years, across the United States and beyond.

Presider: Tahneer Oksman, Marymount Manhattan C

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