If you are a teacher, a student, or both (and, honestly, aren’t we all both?), here are some resources for you.
The Cat, Seuss, and Race (program written for the Adventure Theatre Company’s 2019 production of The Cat in the Hat). This is my most succinct explainer on Seuss and racism. For longer conversations, you might take a look at these interviews:
- Valerie Strauss, “No, a Virginia school district didn’t ban Dr. Seuss books. Here’s what really happened,” Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2021. This reprints my 2017 interview with the Washington Post.
- Rebecca Onion, “How Dr. Seuss Responded to Critics Who Called Out His Racism,” Slate, 3 Mar. 2021.
- Adrienne Westenfeld, “A Dr. Seuss Expert Cuts Through the Noise on the Cancel Culture Controversy,” Esquire, 5 Mar. 2021.
Metafiction for Children (2010): a 4-minute introduction to metafiction
“Literature for Adolescents” class on E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, part 1
In the summer of 2018, while preparing the video content for my undergraduate Literature for Adolescents class, the university-provided video management system wasn’t working. So, I posted the first four weeks – video content only –Â onto YouTube. At the time of this writing, the above is the most popular of the videos. I’ve gotten better at video-editing since then. But this gives you a flavor of my on-line classes. You can find the entire first four weeks on its very own YouTube playlist.
(Due to campus carry, regular office hours are no longer offered.)
Office location: ECS Bldg. 103 OR via Zoom!
Please note: my office is a gun-free zone.
On Sabbatical Fall 2021-Spring 2022
- English 384: Multicultural Children’s Literature. On-line, asynchronous.
- English 655: African American Children’s Literature. TU 11:30. On-line, synchronous and asynchronous.
- English 355: Literature for Children. On-line, asynchronous.
- English 703: Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature. W 5:30-8:30 pm. On-line, synchronous and asynchronous.
Selected Syllabi from Previous Semesters
- English 355: Literature for Children (Fall 2020). Syllabus on Canvas.
- English 384: Multicultural Children’s Literature (Spring 2020). Syllabus on Canvas.
- English 440: Harry Potter’s Library (Fall 2013). On my old website.
- English 545: Literature for Adolescents (Fall 2020). Syllabus on Canvas.
- English 660, Sec. A. Don DeLillo (Fall 2001). On my old website.
- English 680, Sec. B: 20th Century American Children’s Picturebooks (Fall 2005)
- English 680: Censoring Children’s Literature (Fall 2010). On my old website.
- English 703: Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature (Spring 2019). Syllabus on Canvas.
- English 710: Dr. Seuss (Spring 2012). On my old website.
- English 725: African American Children’s Literature (Spring 2020). Syllabus on Canvas.
- English 725: Radical Children’s Literature (Spring 2018). Syllabus on Canvas.