Popular Culture Association National Conference

New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, LA, April 1-4, 2015

Children's / YA Series Books and Dime Novels


Series Books I — Wed April 1, 2015 8:00 am - 9:30 am [Studio 10]


1. The Poetry of Kathleen's Diamonds — Demian Katz, Villanova University

2. Just One College for Me: Early College Juveniles Based at Smith — Jill Hobgood, Saint Mary's College

3. Harriet Pyne Grove's "Merilyn" and "Greycliff Girls" Series: Modeling 1920s Girlhood — Kathleen Chamberlain, Emory & Henry College


Series Books II — Wed April 1, 2015 9:45 am - 11:15 am [Studio 10]


1. Harold M. Sherman: Boys' book author and much more — William Gowen, Independent scholar

2. Howard R. Garis, Platt & Munk, and George Carlson (1887-1962) — Joel Cadbury, Independent scholar

3. "A Fluent and Facile Style": Edward Stratemeyer becomes the literary heir to Horatio Alger, Jr. — James Keeline, Independent scholar


Series Books III — Wed April 1, 2015 11:30 am - 1:00 pm [Studio 10]


1. Ken Holt: By the Numbers, 9 to 12 — Henri Achee, Houston Community College - Southeast

2. Enchanted Forests: The Fantasies of Enid Blyton — Frank Quillen, Independent Scholar

3. The Mysterious Benedict Society — H. Alan Pickrell, Emeritus, Emory & Henry College


Series Books IV — Wed April 1, 2015 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm [Studio 10] 


1. Gender in Michael Grant's Gone Series — Gretchen Bunde, University of Mississippi-Oxford

2. What If Katniss Wasn't White?: The Case for Diverse Dystopian Fiction —Aphelandra Messer, Union College

3. (Working Title): “Sex, Class, and Power in The Hunger Games and Divergent” — Katherine Lee, Indiana State University

4. "The wand chooses the wizard": Fate, Freewill, and Physical Manifestations of the Soul in the Harry Potter series — Sierra Hale - Kansas State University


Series Books V — Dime Novel Round-Up (Business Meeting) — Wed April 1, 2015 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm [Studio 10]

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Area Chairs Meeting — Wed April 1, 2015 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm [Carondlet]

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Presentations of interest by subject or from past area presenters:


Children's Literature — Wed April 1, 2015 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm [Studio 6]

2.  Why No One Helps the Little Red Hen: Picture Book Interpretations of a Folktale — Deidre Johnson, West Chester University.


Fan Culture — Wed April 1, 2015 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm [Galerie 1]

4.  "In Praise of Trash": Series Fiction Fan Mail and the Challenges of Children's Devotion — Brian Rouleau, Texas A&M University.


Fan Culture — Thu April 2, 2015 3:00 pm - 4:40 pm [Galerie I]

1.  The History Factory: Real People, Fiction, and the Production of Celebrity in the Wild West — Laura Bang, Villanova University.


Radio 4 — Thu April 2, 2015 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm [Beauregard]

4.  What the Boys and Girls New: Communications-Themed Juvenile Fiction, 1900-1930 — Mike Adams, San Jose State University.


Armed Conflict — Thu April 2, 2015 4:45 pm - 6:16 pm [Salon C]

2.  Austin Bishop's World War I Bob Thorpe Sky Fighter Series — David Vaughan, Air Force Institute of Technology.

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It is common for these presentations to appear in expanded form in dissertations and articles in the Dime Novel Round-Up and Newsboy. Address any questions to the area chair James D. Keeline.