Department of English
Adlai E. Stevenson Bldg. 409
Campus Box 4240
Normal, Il 61790-4240
Welcome to the English Department
“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.
“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.