Dr. Karen Coats

Professor
  • BIOGRAPHY
  • Karen Coats is professor of English. She has a PhD in Human Sciences from The George Washington University.
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • 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 - 1998
  • The George Washington University
  • Washington, DC
  • MA English - 1991
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Blacksburg, Virginia
  • BA English - 1985
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Blacksburg, Virginia
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • “The End?: Approaches to Closure in Early Readers.” The Early Reader in Children’s Literature and Culture: Theorizing Books for Beginning Readers. Ed. Jennifer M. Miskec and Annette Wannamaker. New York and London: Routledge, 2016.  57-70. Print.

  • Guest Editor, with Lisa Rowe Fraustino, Children’s Literature in Education, Vol. 46, No. 2 (June 2015), Special Issue: Mothering in Children’s and Young Adult Literature.

  • Children’s Literature and the Developing Reader. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, 2013. E-Book and Print.

  • “The Meaning of Children’s Poetry: A Cognitive Approach.” International Research in Children’s Literautre 6.2 (Fall 2013): 127-142. Print and Web.

  • 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. Print.

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

  • Looking Glasses and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire and Subjectivity in Children’s Literature. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004. 

  • PRESENTATIONS
  • “What Can Verse Novels Teach Us about the Aesthetics of Poetry for Young People?” Paper presented at MLA, Austin, TX, January 9, 2016.

  • “Alice’s Aesthetic Categories,” Paper presented at Alice Through the Ages conference, Homerton College, Cambridge University, September 17, 2015.

  • “The Aesthetic of Zaniness in Children’s Illustrated Poetry (and other literature),” Paper presented at International Research Society of Children’s Literature conference, University of Worcester, August 11, 2015.

  • “Zany, Cute, and Interesting?: The Contemporary Aesthetics of Death in Books for Young Readers,” Paper presented at ChLA Conference, Richmond, VA, June 2015.

  • Outstanding University Researcher
  • Illinois State University
  • 2015