Pretty girls & brave boys. Fiction and the real world in children's literature

To be confirmed
Arts and Law, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research
Friday 5th April 2019 (09:00-17:00)
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GLARE Symposium on April 5, 2019

09.00 – 09.15 Welcome

09.15 – 10.15 Professor Maria Nikolajeva (University of Cambridge)
Embodiment, emplacement and empathy in children’s literature

10.15 – 10.45 Coffee break

10.45 – 11.45 Professor Wolfgang Teubert (University of Birmingham)
Learning when to cry: the construction of emotion in children’s literature

11.45 – 12.45 Professor Heather Widdows (University of Birmingham)
Beautiful Girls are Good Girls


13.45 – 14.45 Professor Peter Stockwell (University of Nottingham)
Can children read irony? A cautionary tale

14.45 – 15.45 Professor Kiera Vaclavik (Queen Mary University)
Alice is a Boy

15.45 – 16.00      coffee break

16.00 – 17.00      

Dr Anna Cermakova  and Professor Michaela Mahlberg (University of Birmingham)
GLARE – taking a look at ‘wicked witches’ and ‘wise wizards’ and the company they keep

After a full day of food for thought, there will be a glass of wine and an opportunity to discuss the topics further. The evening will end with a literary  reading which will be performed by the wonderful Dr Caroline Radcliffe who you will know from her recent ‘The Machinery’ performance.

Evening programme (Westmere, G15 on the campus map)

17.30 – 19.00 Reading & wine reception

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The aim of GLARE is to investigate to relationship between the representation of gender in fiction and the real world. This requires an interdisciplinary approach, so our symposium features talks by distinguished speakers from a range of disciplines.

Professor Nikolajeva and Professor Vaclavik are both experts in children’s literature. Professor Nikolajeva’s research interest currently lies in cognitive poetics and its integration with the field of children’s literature - a research theme that is of particular interest to the GLARE project. Professor Vaclavik, who is also on the GLARE Advisory Board, is interested in children’s literature and culture in a wider sense with the aim of creating a dialogue between these fields and other areas, including the creative industries.

Professor Peter Stockwell is a world-leading researcher in cognitive poetics, literary linguistics and stylistics. Professor Teubert, who is also on the GLARE Advisory Board, will approach the topic from the perspective of a corpus linguist and discourse analyst.

Finally, Professor Heather Widdows, Professor of Global Ethics and a member of the GLARE Advisory Board, addresses beauty as an ethical question. She is also coordinating a very wide network of researchers who focus on ‘beauty’, with a very active blog, to which GLARE contributed in December 2017. 

Professor Michaela Mahlberg and Dr Anna Cermakova are looking forward to welcoming you to the event.

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