[CFP] Children’s Literature - Changing Paradigms and Critical Perspectives in Ireland and Beyond [Deadline: August 31st, 2015]


Illustration by Harry Clarke from Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales (Reproduced from the original held by the Department of Special Collections of the Hesburgh Libraries of the University of Notre Dame)

Before and after the emergence of children’s literature as a distinct branch of print culture in the late 18th century, books for young readers have reflected varying adult concerns and values. Boundaries for what has been considered ‘proper’ for inclusion in children’s books have shifted , and continue to shift considerably, reflecting broader socio-cultural changes and developments. Critical approaches to children’s literature have been similarly influenced by shifting ideological imperatives. The sixth issue of Breac will situate Irish children’s literature within broad historical, cultural and literary frameworks by critically exploring changing attitudes to children and their books. Guest editors Anne Markey and Aedín Clements invite contributions that consider how changing paradigms in children’s literature and/or children’s literature criticism reflect changing constructions of childhood while illuminating other cultural concerns and adult anxieties. 

Topics might include:  

  • The beginnings and expansion of Irish children’s literature
  • The development of criticism of Irish children’s literature
  • Changing publishing paradigms in Ireland and beyond
  • Transnational/comparative approaches to children’s literature
  • Children’s literature as a vehicle of education
  • Changing emphases and changing priorities in Ireland and beyond
  • Irish historical fiction for children
  • A changing Ireland in children’s literature

This issue of Breac will include work by Valerie Coghlan, Karin B. Lesnik-Oberstein, Roni Natov, Maria Nikolajeva, Lissa Paul, and Kimberley Reynolds.

Typical articles for submission vary in length from 3,000-8,000 words, but we are happy to consider pieces that are shorter or longer. We particularly welcome submissions that are suitable to a digital format. The deadline for submissions is August 31st, 2015. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Full submission instructions are available at Please send all submissions to Questions are welcome and should be sent to

Guidelines for Submissions


Breac seeks to publish groundbreaking and innovative work in the field of Irish Studies alongside work from relevant, adjoining fields such as Digital Humanities and Critical Theory. If accepted, your work will be seen by an international audience, who will be able to engage in a scholarly conversation regarding your work on the Breac website. Your work will also be securely stored in the Breac Archive, which is sustained by CurateND at the University of Notre Dame. 

We welcome submissions in any format, especially those which take advantage of the digital nature of the journal.

Peer-Review Process

Breac employs a rigorous two-part, blind, peer-review process of evaluation. Submissions are read by two scholars in the related field who are required to complete an extensive review form, which is then returned to you baseless of final decisions. The submission and feedback is also reviewed by the guest editors of the issue. 

Format of Submissions

•    Submissions can be made at:

•    Submissions should be formatted using Chicago Style, with footnotes as opposed to endnotes.

•    Submissions should be sent, preferably, as a Word document file or as a PDF. Should you choose to send us the file as a PDF, please make sure to remove all information that might reveal your identity, so as to protect the blind, peer-review process.

•    We accept submissions in any language. If your work is accepted, we will feature it, along with a translation of the text in English. Submissions in Irish are encouraged. 

•    We do not accept previously published work or work under consideration elsewhere. 

•    If you are submitting a video essay, or if your material somehow utilizes audio or visual technology, please send your work to our email address at If the file is too big, write to us at that address, and we will find a means of delivering the file.