Kara Keeling - Directory - Christopher Newport University


Kara Kay Keeling

Department of English

Kara Keeling

Director of Childhood Studies Minor

McMurran Hall 201D
(757) 594-7952


  • Ph D in English, Indiana University
  • MA in English, Purdue University
  • BA in English, Carleton College


Children's and Young Adult Literature, 19th century British Literature, the British Novel, Fantasy.


Children's Literature, Food in Children's Literature, Place and Space in Children's Literature.


B.A. Carleton College (1983), M.A. Purdue University (1985), Ph.D. Indiana University (1993). I began teaching at CNU in the fall of 1993. I direct the Childhood Studies Minor.

Selected Accomplishments

  • Dr. Tracey Schwarze Endowed Professorship in the Humanities, Christopher Newport University. (2019)
  • Dr. Kara Keeling Book Award, Sigma Tau Delta, Iota Omicron Chapter of CNU. (2018)
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2020). Tablelands: Food in Children's Literature. The University Press of Mississippi.
  • Book Review
    (2018). Margaret Mackey, One Child Reading: My Auto-Bibliography. Children's Literature.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2018). Utilizing Food Studies with Children's Literature and its Scholarship: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House Books as Case Study. Cambridge UP.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2016). Privilege and Exploitation: Food as Dual Signifier in Pamela Muñoz Ryan’s "Esperanza Rising". The Lion and the Unicorn. Pages, 280-299.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2014). Gazing Forward, Not Looking Back: Comfort Food without Nostalgia in the Novels of Polly Horvath. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Culture. Volume, 6. Issue, 1. Pages, 56-76.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2012). The Key Is in the Mouth: Food and Orality in Coraline. Children's Literature. Volume, 40. Pages, 1-27.
  • Book, Scholarly-Revised
    (2011). Critical Approaches to Food in Children's Literature. Routledge. Pages, 300.
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