Born Happy

Happiness, Childhood and Children’s Literature Conference
Venue: St Hilda’s College, Oxford

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Organisers: Aneesh Barai and Céline Clavel, Queen Mary, University of London

8.30 -9.00 Registration ~ Jacqueline du Pré theatre

9.00 -9.15 Welcome remarks ~ Jacqueline du Pré theatre

9.15 -10.30 Keynote speaker: Penelope Brown, “Three Sophies and the Pursuit of Happiness” ~ Jacqueline du Pré theatre

10.30-11.50 Parallel panels session 1
Panel 1: Nostalgia ~ Jacqueline du Pré theatre
Panel chair: Sara Zadrozny (University of Reading)
Philip Gaydon, “Securing Happiness through Nostalgic Children’s Texts” (Warwick University)
John Parkin, “Les Enfants Risibles: Comic Portrayals of Childhood in French Literature” (University of Bristol)
Anna Derelkowska-Misiuna, “The Idyllic Childhood, the Loss, and the New Beginning in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s The Story Girl and Pat Books” (University of Warsaw)

Panel 2: Virtue ~ Lady Brodie room
Panel chair: Aneesh Barai (Queen Mary, University of London)
Juliana Diaz Baldocchi, “Happy Princes: An Analysis of Different Definitions of Happiness in The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde” (University of Roehampton)
Fateha Aziz, “What Does It Mean to Be Happy? The Notion of Happiness in Terry Pratchett’s Series of Johnny Maxwell (1992-1996) and Tiffany Aching (2003-2010)” (University of Worcester)
Isabel Pinto, “Tangled Rainbows in Comédies et Proverbes” (Portuguese Catholic University)

Panel 3: Narrative and literary genres ~ Vernon Harcourt room
Panel chair: Jean Webb (University of Worcester)
Karla Fernández de Gamboa Vázquez , “Did They Live Happily Ever after? Picturebooks with Negative Endings” (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Victoria de Rijke , “Losing the Happy Ending? Dark Play and Unease in Children’s Literature” (Middlesex University)
Maria Pujol-Valls , “The Narrative Voice: A Key Element in Catalan Children’s Novels Set during the Spanish Civil War” (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya)

11.50-12.10 Tea/Coffee break ~ Jacqueline du Pré theatre

12.10-1.30 Parallel panels session 2
Panel 1: Utopia ~ Jacqueline du Pré theatre
Panel chair: Cara Viola Bartels-Bland (University of Oxford)
Franziska Burstyn , “Dreaming of the Land of Plenty: 
A Defence of Utopias in Children’s Literature” (University of Siegen)
Sandrine Cuperty , “From Utopia to Dystopia : A Redefinition of Happiness in the Harry Potter Series” (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
Simone Herrmann , “‘Uninterrupted Harmony’ or Barbaric Wasteland: The Ambiguous Nature of the Island in British Robinsonades for Children” (University of Siegen)

Panel 2: Professional Panel ~ Lady Brodie room
Panel chair: Céline Clavel (Queen Mary, University of London)
Elena Xeni , “Trying to Keep Children Happy in the Context of Humour Translation: Exploring Translators’ Principles and Decision-Making in the Process of Children’s Literature Translation” (University of Cyprus)
Bahar Eshraq , “The Voice of Persian Translators in Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth
Felicity Amswych, “What is Happiness? An Exploration of Different Modes of Learning Affecting Approaches to Happiness”

Panel 3: Death ~ Vernon Harcourt room
Panel chair: Maria Nikolajeva (University of Cambridge)
Clémentine Beauvais , “The Waiting Consciousness: Existentialism and Happiness in French Children’s Literature” (University of Cambridge)
Howard Cotton , “Suitable for Children? Should Picturebooks Tackle Difficult Issues or Should They Maintain Traditional Romantic Narratives?” (Plymouth University)
Nader Amiri, Rebwar Nazari, Mohammad Nazari , “Picture of the Dead World in Children’s Fiction in Iran in 2000s: The Concept of ‘Death’ in Children’s Literature” (Razi University, Allameh Tabatabai University)

1.30-2.30 Lunch

2.30-3.50 Keynote speakers: Anna Kemp, “Dogs Don’t Do Ballet (But They Do Get Translated): The Cross-cultural Adventures of Biff the Dancing Dog”
Martin Pope, “Adapting The Gruffalo for Film: The Dilemmas and Joys” ~ Jacqueline du Pré theatre

3.50-5.10 Parallel panels session 3
Panel 1: Child Readers ~ Jacqueline du Pré theatre
Panel chair: Kiera Vaclavik (Queen Mary, University of London)
Helen Tyson , “Infans Polypervers? Reading the Child Reader in Modernist Literature and Psychoanalysis” (Queen Mary, University of London)
Janelle Mathis , “Happiness through Agency as Nurtured in Children’s Literature” (University of North Texas)
Maija-Liisa Harju , “‘The Promise of Unhappiness’: Addressing Fear, Anxiety, Death and Grief in Children’s Literature” (McGill University)

Panel 2: Sexuality and Gender ~ Lady Brodie room
Panel chair: Morag Styles (University of Cambridge)
Dora Batalim Sottomayor , “Happiness, when Homosexuality is the Theme in Books for Children” (Catholic University of Lisboa / Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Nozomi Uematsu, “Monstrous Happiness: Jeanette Winterson’s Apocalyptic Adolescence” (University of Sussex)
Allyson Jule , “Princesses in the Classroom” (Trinity Western University)

Panel 3: Suffering ~ Vernon Harcourt room
Panel chair: Aneesh Barai (Queen Mary, University of London)
Rebecca Ann Long , “Children in War: The Pursuit of Happiness in Three Children’s Books” (Trinity College Dublin)
Helen Fiona Day , “Happiness, Lies and Fantasy in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction” (University of Central Lancashire)
Jen Baker , “Vengeance is Sweet: Subverting the Revenge Narrative in the Works of Roald Dahl” (University of Bristol)

5.10-5.30 Tea/Coffee break ~ Jacqueline du Pré theatre

5.30-6.30 Round-table discussion: Maria Nikolajeva, Morag Styles, Kiera Vaclavik, Sara Zadrozny, Cara Viola Bartels-Bland ~ Jacqueline du Pré theatre


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