Why I Teach
Wesley College offers me the autonomy to grow in my areas of specialization and to teach the material about which I am most passionate. I am happy to see so many of our students grow in confidence and ability, and the greatest reward is to see them develop a love of literature and intellectual inquiry as they mature.
My areas of research specialization include fairy tale studies and adolescent literature. I published the book Fairy Tales Reimagined: Essays on New Retellings in 2009, a collection of critical essays examining contemporary fairy tales in short stories, novels, poetry, and graphic novels. I have published a review essay on fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes’s work for Marvels and Tales, a peer-reviewed journal of fairy tale studies.
In 2012, I published a study title Beyond His Dark Materials: Innocence and Experience in the Fiction of Philip Pullman. I regularly present papers and chair panels in my specialization areas at NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) conferences; in April I chaired a panel on masculinity in contemporary fairy tales and presented a paper on heroes and anti-heroes in the HBO series The Wire. I have been supported in my research and my conference work through grants earned at Wesley College.
I chaired a seminar titled The Artemis Archetype in Fiction, Film, and Television at NeMLA in March 2013. Eight papers were written for the panel, one of which was mine, an essay titled “I’m fighting because I don’t know how to do anything else”: Kara “Starbuck” Thrace as Artemis Archetype.
I also was offered a book contract by McFarland and Company to create an anthology of essays on this topic, and my co-editor Dr. Eileen M. Harney of University of Alaska (Fairbanks) just signed the contract for the book which will be published in 2016. This is my third book.
In 2013, I was asked by Nora Corbett Adams, owner and designer of the company Mirabilia, to produce advertising copy for her. Adams is one of the most famous needlework designers in the world with a huge following, and I have admired and stitched her work for 20 years.
I also have two recent publications. The first is a peer-reviewed essay, “‘Besides, there’s no such thing as poets anymore’: Poetic Relevance in Neil LaBute’s Possession,” in the anthology “Verse, Voice, and Vision: Poetry and the Cinema,” ed. Marlisa Santos, Lexington, 2013. The second is “The Teller’s Tale: Lives of the Classic Fairy Tale Writers,” ed. by Sophie Raynard (review)”, in “Children’s Literature Association Quarterly,” Volume 38, Number 3, Fall 2013, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press.
I write poetry and I serve as the faculty advisor to Musings, the Wesley College Literary Magazine.
- M.A., English, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
- B.A., English, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
- EN319 Fairy Tales
- EN320 Adolescent Literature
- EN415X Magical Realism
- EN208A A Literature Made By War
- WR202 Expository Writing
- EN101 College Writing II
- HN101 Nature of Reality
- Location: PL 210C
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