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K-State Today

June 25, 2012



English department faculty, graduate student, alumni present at annual children's literature conference

By Karin Westman

Eight English department faculty, graduate students, and alumni presented their research at the 39th annual Children's Literature Association conference at Simmons College in Boston, June 14-16.

Philip Nel, professor, presented "Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover: Whitewashing, Race and Resistance."

Karin Westman, associate professor and department head, presented "Mind the Gap: Harry Potter and the Fantasy (of) Genre."

Naomi Wood, associate professor, presented "Slipstreams and Riptides: Souls and Soullessness in 'Undine,' 'The Little Mermaid,' 'The Light Princess.' and 'The Fisherman and His Soul.'"

Meredith Flory, graduate student, presented "Feminine Solutions, Not Masculine Revenge: Reading Roald Dahl's 'Matilda' in the Context of the English Girls' School Story Genre."

Sara Austin, 2012 master's graduate, presented "Colonizing the Female Body: Women and National Identity in the Ramayana Tradition."

Mo Li, 2011 master's graduate, presented "'An Awfully Big Adventure': Liminal Space in Barrie's 'Peter Pan' and Gaiman's 'The Graveyard Book.'"

Taraneh Matloob, 2011 master's graduate, presented "Toward Multicultural Narratology: How Can Multicultural Children's Literature Criticism Benefit from Narrative Theory?"

Elizabeth Williams, 2010 master's graduate, presented "Didactic Tales: Rhetorical Alternatives to Criticism of the Contemporary Adolescent Problem Novel."