Department of English at Illinois State University

English Department Faculty and Staff


Coats

Karen Coats

Professor

Office Address: STV 423 E
Office Phone: (309) 438-3740
Office Hours:

T 9-11

Email: Contact Karen Coats (kscoat2)
Website: Visit Karen Coats’s Website
Teaching Schedule:
Course NumberSectionCourse NameTimeRoom NumberCourse Links
ENG271.01Literature for Young Children T R 11:00 - 12:15STV 0348
ENG271.02Literature for Young Children T R 12:35 - 13:50STV 0348
ENG373.01Poetry for Children T R 14:00 - 15:15STV 0210
Teaching Interests:
Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Critical Theory
Research Interests:
Psychoanalytic theory, Children’s Literature and Culture, Young Adult literature
Education:
Ph.D. Human Sciences, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, 1998

M.A. English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1991

B.A. English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1985
Selected Publications:

The Gothic in Children's Literature: Haunting the Borders.co-edited with Anna Jackson and Roderick McGillis. New York: Routledge, 2007.

"Between Horror, Humour, and Hope: Neil Gaiman and the Psychic Work of the Gothic." in The Gothic in Children's Literature: Haunting the Borders. Edited by Anna Jackson, Karen Coats, and Roderick McGillis. New York, Routledge, 2007.

"Saving the World before Bedtime"; The Puer Aeternus as a New Paradigm for Selfhood." in Stories for Children, Histories of Childhood/ Histoires d'enfant, histoires d'enfance (Tome II - Litterature/Literature). Edited by Rosie Findlay and Sebastien Salbayre. Tours, France: Presses Universitaires Francois Rabelais, 2007.

"Fantastic Interventions: The Therapeutic Uses of Contemporary Canadian Fantasy for Children." Canadian Children's Literature 32.2 (Fall 2006): 97-113.

"Where Culture Meets Biology." with Robert Seelinger Trites. Canadian Children's Literature 32.1 (Spring 2006): 148-154.

Review of Elusive Childhood: Impossible Representations in Modern Fiction, by Susan Honeyman, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 31.1 (Spring 2006): 87-90.

“Keepin’ It Plural: Children’s Studies in the Academy.” Children’s Literature: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies. Ed. by Peter Hunt. New York: Routledge, 2006. 181-199.

"The Role of Love in the Development of the Self: From Freud and Lacan to Children's Stories." The Self: Beyond the Postmodern Crisis. Paul C. Vitz and Susan M. Felch, eds. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2006: 45-61.

“Child-Hating: Peter Pan in the Context of Victorian Hatred.” J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan In and Out of Time: A Children’s Classic at 100, C. Anita Tarr and Donna R. White, eds. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2006: 3-22.

Looking Glasses and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire, and Subjectivity in Children’s Literature. Iowa City IA: U of Iowa P, 2004.

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