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Kevin Kelley Shortsleeve

Department of English

Kevin Shortsleeve

Associate Professor

McMurran Hall 221
(757) 594-7284


  • Ph D in English Literature, Oxford University (England)
  • MA in English, University of Florida
  • BFA in Film, Emerson College


Children's Literature, The History of Children's Literature, Literary Nonsense, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Writing for Children, Picture Books, Children's Poetry & Film.


Literary Nonsense, Walt Disney, Dr. Seuss, Edward Gorey & Popular Culture.


Barnstable High School: Cape Cod. BFA, Emerson College, MA, University of Florida and D.Phil, Oxford. Author of several children's books and academic publications.

Selected Accomplishments

  • Research Report
    (2021). Edward Gorey Research Bibliography. Gale Literary Criticism Series. Volume, 246. Issue, 2021. Pages, 1 - 80.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2021). Nonsense (expanded 'World' edition). New York University Press. Pages, 133-136.
  • Magazine/Trade Publication
    (2020). Endless Summers at Craigville Beach. Cape Cod Life Magazine. Volume, June/July 2020. Issue, June/July 2020. Pages, 8.
  • (2018). “Curiouser and Curiouser! The Role of Curiosity in Children’s Literature”. Oklahoma Humanities Magazine. Volume, Fall 2018. Pages, 28-29.
  • (2018). “John, William and Alice in Wonderland: The Children’s Literature that Inspired John Lennon”. Oklahoma Humanities Magazine. Volume, Fall 2018. Pages, 26-27.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2018). “Edward Gorey, Nonsense, Surrealism and Silent Matter”. Princteon University Press. Pages, 100-131.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2015). Nonsense, Magic, Religion and Superstition. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature. Volume, 3. Issue, 2015. Pages, 28-36.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2011). The Cat in the Hippie: Dr. Seuss, Nonsense, the Carnivalesque and the Sixties Rebel. Oxford University Press. Pages, 20.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2004). The Wonderful World of the Depression: Disney, Despotism and the 1930s. The Lion and the Unicorn, Johns Hopkins University Press. Volume, 28. Issue, January 2004. Pages, 1-30.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2002). Edward Gorey, Children’s Literature and Nonsense Verse. The Children's Literature Association Quarterly, Johns Hopkins University Press. Volume, 27. Issue, 1. Pages, 27-39.
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