Department of English at Illinois State University

English Department Faculty and Staff


Karen Coats


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

T 1-3

Email: Contact Karen Coats (kscoat2)
Website: Visit Karen Coats’s Website
Teaching Schedule:
Course NumberSectionCourse NameTimeRoom NumberCourse Links
ENG272.03Literature for Middle Grades T R 15:35 - 16:50STV 0308
ENG374.01Storytelling T 17:30 - 20:20STV 0220
Teaching Interests:
Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Critical Theory
Research Interests:
Psychoanalytic theory, Children’s Literature and Culture, Young Adult literature
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:

Handbook of Research on Children's and Young Adult Literature, Co-edited with Shelby A. Wolf, Patricia Enciso, and Christine A. Jenkins. New York: Routledge, 2011

The Gothic in Children's Literature: Haunting the 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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