Dr. Kara Keeling
Professor of English
Director, Childhood Studies Program

Office:  McMurran Hall, 201D
Phone:  (757) 594-7952
Email:   kkeeling@cnu.edu

Education:
B.A., English, Carleton College
M.A., English, Purdue University
Ph.D., English (Minor in Victorian Studies), Indiana University

Research Interests:
  • Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • Food in Literature
  • Place and Space in Literature
  • Fantasy

Recent Publications:

Books:
Keeling, Kara K., and Scott T. Pollard, eds.  Critical Approaches to Food in Children’s Literature.  Routledge, 2009. 

Sprague, Martha M., and Kara K. Keeling.  Discovering a Voice:  Engaging Adolescent Girls with Young Adult Literature.  Newark, DE:  International Reading Association, 2007.

Articles:
Keeling, Kara K., and Scott Pollard. “The Key Is in the Mouth:  Food and Orality in Coraline.” Children’s Literature 40 (2012):  1-27.

Keeling, Kara K., and Marsha Sprague. “Dragon-Slayer vs. Dragon-Sayer: Reimagining the Female Fantasy Heroine.”  The ALAN Review (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE), 36.3 (Summer 2009):  13-18.

Sprague, Marsha, and Kara K. Keeling. “Paying Attention to Girls’ Literacy Needs.”  In Literacy Instruction for Adolescent Learners: Research-based Practice.  Eds. Karen D. Wood and William E. Blanton.  New York:  Guilford, 2009. 

Sprague, Martha M., and Kara K. Keeling.  “‘Today I’m Going to Meet a Boy’:  Students and Teachers Respond to Fifteen and Speak.”  The ALAN Review (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE), 34.1, Fall 2006:  25-32.

 

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