Winter 2020-2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for Keywords for Children’s Literature (2021), Second Edition, by Philip Nel with co-editors Lissa Paul and Nina Christensen

Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department’s recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards.

As COVID-19 continues, we continue to direct substantial energies towards teaching and to supporting others during the pandemic. We also celebrate recent faculty and student success in research, scholarship, and creative activity.

Want to catch up on past successes or to find future announcements? Visit our archive of monthly newsletters Reading Matters as well as related blog posts.

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Karin Westman, Department Head


Traci Brimhall, “The Grief Artist” (essay). Guernica Magazine, 6 Jan. 2021:

Katie Cline, “The Bigger Picture: The Representation of Female Characters in Jim Kay’s Illustrated Harry Potter Books.” Journal of Fantasy and Fan Cultures, vol. 1, no. 1, Winter 2020, pp. 29-40.

Alyssa Freeman-Moser (MA ’21), “The Bugman.” Meetinghouse. 17 Dec. 2020.

Mary Kohn, Charlie Farrington, and Sharese King, “Sources of Variation in the Speech of African Americans: Perspectives from Sociophonetics.” Wiley Interdisciplinary Review, Jan 2021.

Susanna Millsap, “‘And is that the use you make of your Bible?’: Universalism in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.” Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature, no. 138, 2020, pp. 200-211.

Philip Nel, Lissa Paul, and Nina Christensen, editors, Keywords for Children’s Literature, Second Edition. New York UP, 2021.

“Postmodernism” [revised]. Keywords for Children’s  Literature, Second Edition, eds. Nel, Paul Christensen. New York UP, 2021, pp. 157-160.

Kara Northway, review (invited) of The Henslowe-Alleyn Digitisation Project, Early Modern Digital Review, vol. 3, no. 3, 2021, pp. 233–39, doi: 10.33137/rr.v43i3.35308. Also distributed by Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme, vol. 43, no. 3, 2021, pp. 233–239, doi:10.331 37/rr.v43i3.35308.

Lisa Tatonetti, “Queer Sovereignty.” The Cambridge History of Native American Literature, edited by Melanie Benson Taylor, vol. 1, Cambridge UP, 2020, pp. 379-394.

Karin Westman, “Genre.” Keywords for Children’s Literature, Second Edition, eds. Philip Nel, Lissa Paul, and Nina Christensen. New York UP, 2021, pp. 84-88.


Traci Brimhall, at Palm Beach Poetry Festival:

  • “Love is in the Repetition: Anaphora and the Love Poem” (craft lecture), 21 Jan. 2021.
  • Reading, 19 Jan. 2021.
  • “From Clarity to Wilderness: How to Tune Your Tension” (class for conference faculty), 18-23 Jan. 2021

Mark Crosby, “Blake in Hayley’s Library.” Hayley 2020 Conference. Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge. 13 Nov. 2020. Via Zoom.

Conference chair for Hayley 2020 Conference and chair for “Hayley in his Context(s)” (panel) and “David Bindman on Hayley, Flaxman, and Blake” (plenary), 12 & 13 Nov. 2020.

Don Hedrick, panelist, “Shakespeare, Identity, and Aesthetics: The Poetics of Class.” Modern Language Association. 10 Jan. 2021. Via Zoom.

Philip Nel, “Who is welcome?: Multicultural German Picture Books Since 1989” (invited talk). Co-presented with Ada Bieber. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany. 19 Jan. 2021. Via Zoom.

“Comics and Graphic Narratives for Young Audiences” (panel co-chair, with Aaron Kashtan). Modern Language Association. 9 Jan. 2021. Via Zoom.

Tosha Sampson-Choma, “Worrying the Archival Line: Signifying History in the Archives of Maya Angelou.” Modern Language Association. 9 Jan. 2021. Via Zoom.

Lisa Tatonetti, “Making Indigenous Knowledges and Settler Structures Visible.” Western Literature Association Conference. 23 Oct. 2020. Via Zoom.

“Teaching Queer Indigenous Literatures.” Western Literature Association Conference. 22 Oct. 2020. Via Zoom.


Haley Reiners (BA’21) and Kinsley Searles (BA’22) received Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Awards. They will both work with faculty mentors Mary Kohn and Lisa Tatonetti in English and April Petillo in American Ethnic Studies.

Featured in Media

Philip Nel is quoted in “50 years later, ‘The Monster at the End of This Book’ is still selling — and inspiring authors” by Danny Freedman for the Washington Post (27 Jan 2021):

Naomi Wood is quoted in “Experts Weigh In On Current Job Market Trends” for (22 Dec 2020):

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