Professor Roberta Trites

Distinguished Professor of English
Distinguished Professor
  • BIOGRAPHY
  • Professor Trites joined the ISU faculty in 1991. She is the author of such books as WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY: FEMINIST VOICES IN CHILDREN'S NOVELS, DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE: POWER AND REPRESSION IN ADOLESCENT LITERATURE, and LITERARY CONCEPTUALIZATIONS OF GROWTH. She is currently working on a book about 21-st century feminisms in children's literature.
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • ENG 471Sec 1 Critical Theories
  • ENG 599Sec 10 Rsch & Dissertation
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • Children's Literature
    Adolescent Literature
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Feminism and narrative theory in children's and adolescent literature; Louisa May Alcott; Mark Twain
  • Ph D English - 1991
  • Baylor University
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: Twain’s Innocence, Clemens’ Experience: Narrative Inconsistencies in The Innocents Abroad
  • MA Humanities - 1985
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • Dallas, TX
  • Dissertation/Thesis topic: The Influence of Transcendentalism on Louisa May Alcott’s “Definition” of Adolescence
  • BA History - 1983
  • Texas A&M University
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • PRESENTATIONS
  • FUNDED GRANTS
  • Article Award for "Nesting: Embedded Narratives as Maternal Discourse in Children’s Novels"
  • Children's Literature Association
  • Brothers Grimm Award
  • International Institute for Children's Literature
  • 2011
  • Teacher Recognition Award
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • 2011
  • Professor Awareness Week Award
  • Student Education Association
  • 2011
  • Teacher Recognition Award
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • 2010
  • College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecturer
  • Illinois State University
  • 2010
  • Teacher Recognition Award
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • 2009
  • Teacher Recognition Award
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • 2008
  • Research Award, Humanities Division
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • 2005
  • Book Award for Disturbing the Universe: Power and Repression in Adolescent Literature
  • Children's Literature Association
  • 2000
  • Outstanding University Teacher
  • Illinois State University
  • 2000
  • Teacher Recognition Award
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • 1999
  • Distinguished Teaching Award (Senior), Humanities Division
  • Illinois State University College of Arts and Sciences
  • 1998
  • Teacher Recognition Award
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • 1998
  • Outstanding Academic Books of 1997 Choice Award for Waking Sleeping Beauty: Feminist Voices in Children’s Novels
  • American Library Association
  • 1997
  • Teaching Initiative Award
  • Illinois State University
  • 1996
  • Christine Fall Teaching Award
  • Baylor University
  • 1989