Contributors

Michelle Ann Abate is a faculty member in the English Department at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in children’s and adolescent literature. She is the author of Tomboys: A Literary and Cultural History.

Deirdre Baker is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Toronto. Her books include Becca at Sea and A Guide to Canadian Children’s Books. She is children’s book reviewer for the Toronto Star and a frequent contributor to The Horn Book Magazine.

Sandra L. Beckett is Professor of French at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. She is a former president of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature. Her books include Crossover Fiction: Global and Historical Perspectives; Red Riding Hood for All Ages: A Fairy-Tale Icon in Cross-Cultural Contexts; Recycling Red Riding Hood; De grands romanciers écrivent pour les enfants; Transcending Boundaries; and Reflections of Change: Children’s Literature since 1945.

David Booth is Chair of Literacy at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, and Professor Emeritus and Scholar in Residence at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. His latest books include In Graphic Detail; Whatever Happened to Language Arts; and the series BoldPrint Kids.

Clare Bradford is Professor of Literary Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Her books include Reading Race: Aboriginality in Australian Children’s Literature; Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children’s Literature; and (with Kerry Mallan, John Stephens and Robyn McCallum) New World Orders in Contemporary Children’s Literature: Utopian Transformations.

Elizabeth Bullen is Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia, where she teaches in the children’s literature masters program. She is co-author of Consuming Children: Education, Entertainment, Advertising.

Mike Cadden is Professor of English, Director of Childhood Studies, and Chair of the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Journalism at Missouri Western State University. He is author of Ursula K. Le Guin beyond Genre and editor of Telling Children’s Stories: Narrative Theory and Children’s Literature.

Julie A. S. Cassidy is Assistant Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. Her articles include “Transporting Nostalgia: Little Golden Books as Souvenirs of Childhood” and “Fairy Tale Women in 1990s Film.” She was also a writer for Recess! on National Public Radio.

Beverly Lyon Clark is Professor of English at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. Her recent work includes Kiddie Lit: The Cultural Construction of Children’s Literature in America and the Norton Critical Edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Karen Coats is Professor of English at Illinois State University. She is author of Looking Glasses and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire, and Subjectivity in Children’s Literature, and co-editor of The Gothic in Children’s Literature: Haunting the Borders and Handbook of Research on Children’s and Young Adult Literature (forthcoming).

Hugh Crago is senior lecturer in counseling, University of Western Sydney, Australia. He is co-author (with Maureen Crago) of Prelude to Literacy, a landmark study of a preschool child’s early encounters with stories, and author of The Teller and the Tale: How the Old Brain Shapes the Stories We Live to Tell (forthcoming).

June Cummins is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. Her published articles range in subject from Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter and are concerned with topics such as ethnicity, feminism, consumerism, and national identities. She is writing a biography of Sydney Taylor.

Debra Dudek is Lecturer in English Literatures and Deputy Director of the Centre for Canadian-Australian Studies at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. She has published internationally on Australian, Canadian, and children’s literature. In her current research, she analyses discourses and representations of social justice in children’s literature.

Richard Flynn is Professor of Literature at Georgia Southern University. He edited the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly from 2004 to 2009.

Elisabeth Rose Gruner is Associate Professor of English and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Richmond, where she also coordinates the first-year seminar program. Her essays on children’s literature have appeared in The Lion and the Unicorn and Children’s Literature; her current research is on education, fantasy, and intertextuality in children’s and young adult literature.

Marah Gubar is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Children’s Literature Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her book Artful Dodgers: Reconceiving the Golden Age of Children’s Literature was chosen as a Times Higher Education “Book of the Week” in 2009.

Kelly Hager is Associate Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Simmons College in Boston. She is the author of Dickens and the Rise of Divorce and a contributor to The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature; The American Child: A Cultural Studies Reader; and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature.

Waller Hastings is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Humanities at West Liberty University in West Virginia. He has previously written on Disney animation, the writings of L. Frank Baum, and other children’s books.

Erica Hateley teaches children’s and adolescent literature at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She is the author of Shakespeare in Children’s Literature: Gender and Cultural Capital.

Charles Hatfield is Associate Professor of English at California State University, Northridge. He is the author of Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature, the forthcoming The Burning Hand: The Comic Art of Jack Kirby, and numerous articles on comics and children’s culture.

Michael Heyman is Associate Professor of English at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is the lead editor of The Tenth Rasa: An Anthology of Indian Nonsense and is currently working on the Anthology of World Nonsense with Kevin Shortsleeve.

Peter Hollindale was Reader in English and Educational Studies at the University of York. His publications include Ideology and the Children’s Book; Signs of Childness in Children’s Books; and editions of both the prose and dramatic texts of Peter Pan.

Peter Hunt is Professor Emeritus in Children’s Literature at Cardiff University. He has published 23 books and 130 articles and is currently editing Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; The Wind in the Willows; The Secret Garden; and Treasure Island for Oxford University Press’s World’s Classics series.

Michael Joseph is Rare Books Librarian at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and author of The True History of Puss in Boots; A Teaching Guide to The Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature; and Lynd Ward’s Last, Unfinished, Graphic Novel.

Kenneth Kidd is Associate Professor of English at the University of Florida. He is associate editor of The Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, author of Making American Boys, and co-editor of Wild Things: Children’s Literature and Ecocriticism.

Kerry Mallan is Professor at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Her books include Gender Dilemmas in Children’s Fiction and New World Orders in Contemporary Children’s Literature: Utopian Transformations (with C. Bradford, J. Stephens, and R. McCallum). She is co-editor of Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature.

Michelle Martin, Associate Professor of English at Clemson University in South Carolina, teaches children’s and young adult literature. The author of Brown Gold: Milestones of African-American Children’s Picture Books, 18452002, she is working on a book titled Dream Keepers for Children of the Sun: The Children’s Literature of Arna Bontemps and Langston Hughes.

Jay Mechling is Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of California, Davis. His book On My Honor: Boy Scouts and the Making of American Youth reflects his ongoing interest in the folk cultures of children and adolescents.

Cathryn M. Mercier is Professor of Children’s Literature and English and directs The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature and its MA and MFA degree programs at Simmons College in Boston. She chaired the 2009 Laura Ingalls Wilder Committee and recently published Russell Freedman, her third co-authored biocritical study.

William Moebius is Professor and Program Director of Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His publications include poetry in Elegies and Odes and elsewhere, translations of Philodemus (Greek Anthology), of Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus, and book chapters in French and English on the picture book.

Philip Nel is Professor of English and Director of Kansas State University’s Program in Children’s Literature. His most recent books are Tales for Little Rebels (co-edited with Julia Mickenberg); The Annotated Cat; and Dr. Seuss: American Icon. His critical biography of Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss is forthcoming.

Claudia Nelson is Professor of English at Texas A&M University. Her books include Boys Will Be Girls: The Feminine Ethic and British ChildrenCs Fiction, 18571917; Invisible Men: Fatherhood in Victorian Periodicals, 1850–1910; Little Strangers: Portrayals of Adoption in America, 1850–1929; and Family Ties in Victorian England.

Nathalie op de Beeck is Associate Professor of English and Director of Children’s Literature coursework at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Her books include Little Machinery: A Critical Facsimile Edition and a forthcoming volume on American picture books and modernity.

Elizabeth Parsons is Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, where she coordinates the undergraduate children’s literature program. She has published widely on contemporary picture books, junior and young adult fiction, and children’s film from a cultural politics perspective.

Lissa Paul is Professor of Education at Brock University. She is the author of Reading Otherways and The Children’s Book Business, associate general editor of the Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature, and was an editor of the journal The Lion and the Unicorn.

Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England. He was once a teacher and has always been a writer. He is the author of the His Dark Materials trilogy and the fairy tales Clockwork, I was a Rat!, and The Scarecrow and His Servant.

Jacqueline Reid-Walsh is Associate Professor in Education and Women’s Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, where she specializes in children’s literature and girlhood studies. She is co-editor of Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia and founding editor of Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Mavis Reimer is Canada Research Chair in the Culture of Childhood at the University of Winnipeg, coauthor of the third edition of The Pleasures of Children’s Literature, editor of the scholarly collection Home Words: Discourses of Children’s Literature in Canada, and senior editor of the journal Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures.

Kimberley Reynolds is Professor of Children’s Literature in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University. She was President of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature (2003–7). Recent publications include Radical Children’s Literature: Future Visions and Aesthetic Transformations and Children’s Literature Studies: A Handbook to Research (co-editor).

David Rudd is Professor of Children’s Literature at the University of Bolton (UK), where he administers the master’s program in Children’s Literature and Culture. He is best known for his monograph Enid Blyton and the Mystery of Children’s Literature . Most recently he edited the Routledge Companion to Children’s Literature.

Karen Sánchez-Eppler is Professor of American Studies and English at Amherst College. The author of Touching Liberty: Abolition, Feminism and the Politics of the Body and Dependent States: The Child’s Part in Nineteenth-Century American Culture, she is also one of the founding co-editors of the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth.

Phillip Serrato is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. His areas of interest include Chicano/a children’s and adolescent literature.

Kevin Shortsleeve is Assistant Professor of English at Christopher Newport University in Virginia. He is the author of several children’s books, including 13 Monsters Who Should Be Avoided. He has published academic studies on Edward Gorey, Walt Disney, and Dr. Seuss (forthcoming).

Stephen Slemon teaches postcolonial studies at the University of Alberta. He writes on postcolonial theory and culture in the age of the corporate academy. His current research project pertains to mountaineeering literature in the context of globalization, race, and gender.

Katharine Capshaw Smith is Associate Professor of African American Literature and Children’s Literature at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of Children’s Literature of the Harlem Renaissance, which won the 2006 Book Award from the Children’s Literature Association. She is editor of the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly.

Angela Sorby is Associate Professor of English at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Her books include Bird Skin Coat: Poems; Schoolroom Poets: Childhood, Performance, and the Place of American Poetry 18651917; and Distance Learning.

Margaret Meek Spencer is Reader Emeritus in the University of London Institute of Education. Her publications as author, editor, and contributor include The Cool Web; Learning to Read; On Being Literate; How Texts Teach What Readers Learn; and Information and Book Learning. Her research affiliations are with the Department of Education at the University of Cambridge and The Centre for Language in Primary Education.

Lee A. Talley is Associate Professor of English at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. She is the editor of Broadview’s edition of Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and has published essays on the Brontës, Jamaica Kincaid, and Jeanette Winterson.

Joseph T. Thomas, Jr., is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. He is the author of Strong Measures and Poetry’s Playground: The Culture of Contemporary American Children’s Poetry, which was named a 2007 Honor Book by the Children’s Literature Association.

Eric L. Tribunella is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is the author of Melancholia and Maturation: The Use of Trauma in American Children’s Literature.

Jo-Ann Wallace is Chair of the Women’s Studies Program and Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. A commitment to feminist literary history informs her research across the fields of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century literatures.