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Journal of Literary Education
Monographic Issue: Interdisciplinary Links between Children’s Literature and the Arts

The links between the different arts have always been very solid throughout history. The Renaissance Man is probably an archetype. Nevertheless, other examples like the tight relationship between artists during the avant-garde period show that the disconnection is very recent. This circumstance is probably related to the fact that arts have been included in scholarly studies, which has led to their specialisation. As a result, the different arts have been studied in isolated academic spaces without any relation among them. In addition, students have been very often deprived of seeing art as a whole. Many artistic manifestations have still included the interdisciplinary use of them as a main expressive resource. This is the case of opera, the so-called global art, but also cinema or animation are current examples of a combination of arts.

For specialised critics children’s literature has always been considered a privileged field of study since it includes many different indicators of artistic expression. Picture books are one of the most prominent ones, but then current multimedia devices have increased considerably the variety of supports, together with other resources linked to children’s literature that interact simultaneously.

The Journal of Literary Education will devote its first issue to this topic. Specific topics that we want to address include:

  • The relationship of music, fine arts and other kind of artistic expressions with children’s literature
  • Adaptations, intermediality, trans-mediality, cross-mediality
  • Animation and films for children and young adults
  • Opera, folktales and children’s literature
  • Fine arts and picture books
  • Ekphrasis in children’s books
  • New methodological approaches in the interdisciplinary use of arts in children’s literature

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The deadline for the first issue is 31 March 2018.

CFP – Inaugural Issue of Journal of Literary Education: Interdisciplinary Links between Children’s Literature and the Arts