Holly Blackford (BS, MA, Northwestern University; PhD, University of California at Berkeley) is an Associate Professor in the English Dept. at Rutgers, Camden, where she teaches diverse courses in American, women's, and children's literature. She has published articles on diverse topics such as African-American literature, ethnic women's literature, coming-of-age, film, fantasy literature for children, and myth. Her recent books include Out of This World: Why Literature Matters to Girls (Teachers College Press, education division of Columbia, 2004); 100 Years of Anne with an “e”: The Centennial Study of Anne of Green Gables (ed, Calgary University Press, 2009); Mockingbird Passing: Closeted Traditions and Sexual Curiosities in Harper Lee’s Novel (University of Tennessee Press, 2011); and The Myth of Persephone in Girls’ Fantasy Literature (Routledge, forthcoming). She is currently working on three book projects: the responses of diverse teens to To Kill A Mockingbird and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; the intersection of child consciousness in the novel and the inception of developmental psychology; and queer men in children’s literature. She chairs the Article Award Committee for the International Children’s Literature Association.
The Myth of Persephone in Girls’ Fantasy Literature. Routledge Series in Children’s Literature and Culture. Series editor Jack Zipes. New York: Routledge, forthcoming.
“Queer Perceptions of Nazis in Robert Cormier’s The Chocolate War.” Robert Cormier: A Casebook. Ed. Adrienne Gaven. Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming.
“Maiden, Mother, Mysteries: The Myth of Persephone in The Secret Garden.” Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden at 100. Centennial Studies Series. Ed. Joe Sutliff Sanders and Jackie Horne. International Children’s Literature Association & Scarecrow Press, forthcoming, 2012.
Mockingbird Passing: Closeted Traditions and Sexual Curiosities in Harper Lee’s Novel. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2011.
“Chasing Amy: Mephistopheles, the Laurence Boy, and Louisa May Alcott’s Punishment of Female Ambition.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 32.3, forthcoming 2011.
“Private Lessons from Dumbledore’s “Chamber of Secrets”: The Riddle of the Evil Child in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory 22.2, forthcoming 2011.
“Daughters of the American Revolution: Sensational Pedagogy in Susanna Rowson’s Charlotte Temple (1791, 1794).” Transatlantic Sensations. Ed. John Barton and Jennifer Phegley. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, forthcoming.
“Uncle Tom Melodrama with a Point of View: To Kill a Mockingbird.” Telling Children’s Stories: Children’s Literature and Narrative Theory. Ed. Michael Cadden. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010. 165-86.
100 Years of Anne with an “e”: The Centennial Study of Anne of Green Gables. Ed. Holly Blackford. Calgary: U of Calgary P, 2009.
“Introduction. Anne with an ‘e’: the Enduring Value of Anne of Green Gables.” 100 Years of Anne with an “e”: The Centennial Study of Anne of Green Gables. Ed. Holly Blackford. Calgary: U of Calgary P, 2009. xi-xxxviii.
“Civilization and Her Discontents: The Unsettling Nature of Ma in Little House in the Big Woods.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 29.1 (2008): 147-87.
“Child Consciousness in the American Novel: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), What Maisie Knew (1897), and the Birth of Psychology.” Enterprising Youth: Social Values and Acculturation in 19th-Century American Children’s Literature. Ed. Monika Elbert. NY: Routledge (2008): 245-58.
“Recipes for Reciprocity and Repression: The Politics of Cooking and Consumption in Girls’ Coming-of-Age Literature.”Critical Approaches to Food in Children’s Literature. Ed. Kara Keeling and Scott Pollard. New York: Routledge (2008): 41-56.
“Apertures into the House of Fiction: Novel Methods and Child Study, 1870-1910.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 32.4 (2007): 368-89.
“PC Pinocchios: Parents, Children, and the Metamorphosis Tradition in Science Fiction.” Folklore/Cinema: Popular Film as Vernacular Culture. Ed. Sharon R. Sherman and Mikel J. Koven. Salt Lake: Utah State UP, 2007. 74-92.
“English.” Resources for Children and Childhood Studies: A Research Guide and Annotated Bibliography. Ed. Vibiana Bowman. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007. 148-69.
"The Psychology of the Handmaid: Margaret Atwood's Novel Parables of the
Canadian Character," AmeriQuests 3.1 (2006): 20 pp.
"Vital Signs at Play: Objects as Vessels of Mother-Daughter Discourse in Louisa
May Alcott's Little Women." Children's Literature 34 (Spring 2006): 1-36.
“’I’m a Real Boy!’ Consciousness of the Breath of Life in Literature of Childhood.”
Approaches to Teaching Pinocchio. New York: Modern Language Association, 2006: 68-74.
"Mrs. Darling's Scream: The Rites of Persephone in Wuthering Heights and
Peter and Wendy." Studies in the Humanities (Winter 2006): 116-44.
"Epistles, Posters, and Pizza: Letter-Exchange Programs at Rutgers-Camden."
Diversity Digest 9.2 (2005):
“ Haunted Housekeeping: Fatal Attractions of Servant and Mistress in Twentieth-Century Female Gothic Literature.” LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory (Fall 2005): 233-61.
“ The Wandering Womb at Home in The Red Tent: An Adolescent Bildungsroman in a Different Voice.” The ALAN Review, published by the National Council of Teachers of English, Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (Winter 2005): 74-85.
Out of this World: Why Literature Matters to Girls. Language and Literacy Series. Teachers College Press, education division of Columbia University, 2004.
“Playground Panopticism: Ring-Around-The-Children, A Pocketful of Women.” Childhood, International Journal of Childhood Studies, 2004: 227-50.
“The Spirit of A People: The Politicization of Spirituality in Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies, Ntozake Shange’s sassafrass, cypress & indigo, and Ana Castillo’s So Far From God.” Things of the Spirit: Women Writers and Spirituality. Ed. Kristina Groover. University of Notre Dame Press, 2004: 89-106.
“And Why Do Girls Like Harry Potter?” What’s the Word? Radio program produced by the Modern Language Association, 2003.
“The Writing on the Wall of Redwall.” Utopian and Dystopian Writing for Children. Eds. Elaine Ostry and Carrie Hintz. Routledge, 2003.
“Adventures in Virtualand: The Challenges of Teaching an On-line Children’s Literature Course.” Technology Source, refereed journal of The Michigan Virtual University (March/April 2003). http://ts.mivu.org (webcast available)
“Figures of Orality: The Master, The Mistress, The Slave Mother in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself.” Papers on Language and Literature 37.3 (September 2001): 314-36.
“Preface: My Lips, Sealed for your Protection.” Moon Days: Creative Writings About Menstruation. Ed. Cassie Premo Steele. Columbia, SC: Summerhouse Press, 1999: 12-23.
“Little Women on the Big Screen: Heterosexual Womanhood as Social Performance.” Sisterhoods. Film/Fiction 3. Eds. Deborah Cartmell, I.Q. Hunter, Heidi Kaye, and Imelda Whelehan. Sterling, VA: Pluto Press, 1998: 32-47.
Rutgers-Camden Nomination for NEH Award 2011, “The Hook in the Closet: What’s Queer About Children’s Literature?”
Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence
in Children’s Literature
and Culture, $2000, 2008.
Rutgers Research Council Fellowship, 2006
The Center for Children and Childhood Studies ($1250)
Project Title: "The Race Children Run in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and
To Kill A Mockingbird"
Knight Research Grant ($9600) of the International Reading
Association, 2004 (Project Title: Multicultural Responses
to Canonical Voices: Teen Readers of The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and To Kill A
Bildner Foundation Intercultural Fellowship Renewal,
2004 (Project Title: Epistolary Exchange Program between
LEAP and Rutgers Students)
Human Dignity Award for Diversity and Writing Outreach,
Research Council Fellowship, 2003 (Project Title: Multicultural
Responses to Canonical Voices: Teen Readers of Huck Finn
and Scout Finch)
Bildner Foundation Intercultural Fellow, 2003 (Project Title:
Epistolary Exchange Program between High School and Rutgers
Rutgers Dialogues Grant, 2003 (Project Title: WIRE: Writing
in Rutgers Education, virtual website)
Instructor Award, 2001
English Department Fellowship, 2000-2001
Mellon Fellowships, 1998, 1999-2000
The Rainbow Foundation for Children’s Research Grant,
UC Berkeley English Department Fellowship, 1995-1996
“Didacticism and Democracy in Susanna Rowson’s Charlotte
Temple,” Northwest Modern Language Association,
Boston, Massachusetts, February 2009.
Mark Twain’s Jim: Why He Presents
Difficulty for Teens,” International Reading Association
Conference, Toronto, Canada, May 2007.
Literature into Festival: Reflection of History or Reinscription
of Racial Tension? Tourism and the Towns of Twain's Hannibal and Lee's
Monroeville," Children's Literature Association Conference,
CA, June 2006
“The Race Children Run in The Adventures of Huckleberry
Finn and To Kill A Mockingbird” THE 17 TH BIENNIAL
CONGRESS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR RESEARCH IN CHILDREN’S
LITERATURE, Dublin, Ireland, August 2005
“Recipes for Reciprocity and Repression: Food,
Female Labor, and Mother-Daughter Relations in Children’s
Literature” M ODERN L ANGUAGE A SSN. C ONFERENCE,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 2004
“The Role of Myth and Romance in the Development
of the Literate Person: Teaching The Future Teachers the
Links between Literary History and Reader Development” I
NTERNATIONAL C ONFERENCE OF M YTH AND M EANING IN E DUCATION,
University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, September
“Models of Childhood Studies Programs” C
HILDREN’S L ITERATURE A SSN. C ONFERENCE, Fresno,
California, June 2004
Wandering Womb at Home in The Red Tent:
A Discussion of the Novel and Teen Readers newly initiated
into its Cave of Wonders” C HILDREN’S L ITERATURE
A SSN. C ONFERENCE, Fresno, California, June 2004
Ecological Movement of the Female Body in Surfacing by Margaret
Atwood” MODERN LANGUAGE ASSN. CONFERENCE, San Diego,
California, December 2003
Identity Politics, Beyond Harry Potter: The Surprising Formalist
Reading Practices of Girls 8-16” NATIONAL COUNCIL
OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH, San Francisco, California, November
White Child’s Gaze upon the Drama of African-American
Manhood: Positioning The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
and To Kill A Mockingbird in
Trajectories of American Literature and Narrative Theory”
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE ASSOCIATION, El Paso, Texas,
White Child’s Gaze upon the Drama of African-American
Manhood: Positioning The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
and To Kill A Mockingbird in
Trajectories of American Literature, the History of Race,
and Contemporary Theory”
THE SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH, Baltimore,
Maryland, June 2003
at the Center for Children and Childhood Studies”
MODERN LANGUAGE ASSN. CONFERENCE, New York, New York, December
Teachers of the MTV Generation” MODERN LANGUAGE ASSN.
CONFERENCE, New York, New York, December 2002
Panopticism: Ring-Around-The-Children, A Pocketful of Women”
CENTER FOR WORKING FAMILIES, CENTER FOR CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH
POLICY, Berkeley, California, May 2002
the MTV Generation” MODERN LANGUAGE ASSN. CONFERENCE,
New Orleans, Louisiana, December 2001
Do Girls Like Harry Potter?” MODERN LANGUAGE ASSN.
CONFERENCE, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 2001
American Girls Series and the Production of the American
Subject” ROCKY MOUNTAIN MLA CONFERENCE, Boise, Idaho,October
in the Beast: Animal Power and Metamorphosis of Self in
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE ASSN. CONFERENCE, Roanoke, Virginia,
GirlPower of Aslan, Harry Potter, Baloo, and a Mouse Warrior:
Girls Position Themselves within the Tradition of Transcendent
American Fantasy” AMERICAN LITERATURE ASSN., Long
Beach, California, May 2000
“Fantasy and Transcendent Possibilities for the Child”
SOUTHWEST/TEXAS POPULAR CULTURE & AMERICAN CULTURE ASSN.,
Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2000
in Virtualand: Formal Aspects of an On-line Children’s
Literature Course” MODERN LANGUAGE ASSN. CONFERENCE,
Chicago, Illinois, December 1999
Realism as the Residue of Black Female Experience: Ntozake
Shange’s sassafrass, cypress & indigo” MODERN
LANGUAGE ASSN. CONFERENCE, Chicago, Illinois, December 1999
Talk: Narratives Which Structure the Transition to Womanhood:
The Powers of Horror” ROCKY MOUNTAIN MLA CONFERENCE,
Santa Fe, New Mexico, October 1999
Imprisonment: The Father-Daughter Dynamic in Dickens”
ROCKY MOUNTAIN MLA CONFERENCE, Denver, Colorado, October
ME,’ SPEAK ME, BUT PLEASE DON’T SEAL ME IN YOUR
SONOROUS ENVELOPE: Listening to the Hunger of Alice in Wonderland”
ROCKY MOUNTAIN MLA CONFERENCE, Albuquerque, New Mexico,
“Child Friendly Research” MARKETING RESEARCH
ASSN., Chicago, Illinois, November 1995
“‘There Aren’t Even Words’: Jim
and the Grand Apology,” Rutgers University, Camden,
New Jersey, October 2008.
Trumps Race: How Kids Read Jim of Huckleberry
Finn,” Center for Children and Childhood Studies,
Rutgers University, Camden, December 2007
“Women Writers Re-Vision Fairy Tales,” Rutgers
University, Camden, New Jersey, March 2007
“Planning Graduate-Level Research,” Liberal
Studies, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey, December
Research for Out of this World,” Eastern
High School, Voorhees, New Jersey, December 2006
“Children’s Literature and the Heritage Industry:
Mark Twain’s Hannibal and Harper Lee’s Monroeville,” Center
for Children and Childhood Studies, Rutgers University,
Camden, May 2006
Pan and Wuthering Heights: Women and Gothic
County Libraries Staff Development Day, Tom's River,
NJ, July 2006
"Stimulating Literacy in 0-7 year-olds," SLEDD Program, Neptune, NJ, Feb 2006
Walt Whitman,” Walt
Whitman and Place Conference Commemorating the 15 0th
Anniversary of the Publication of Leaves of Grass, RUTGERS
UNIVERSITY, Camden, NJ, April 2005
Theory and Huckleberry Finn” RUTGERS
UNIVERSITY, Camden, NJ, March 2005
“Children’s Literature Among the Literati,” English
Graduate Association series on “The Future of the
Canon” R UTGERS UNIVERSITY, Camden, NJ, December
“Digital Age Response to Student Writing: New Methods
for Old Problems,” Teaching Matters Workshop for
Writing-Intensive Faculty R UTGERS UNIVERSITY, Camden,
NJ, November 2004
“The Brain in Science Fiction: Problems with the
Computer Metaphor for Cognition,” Graduate Liberal
Studies Series on “the Brain” R UTGERS UNIVERSITY,
Camden, NJ, October 2004
“Writing Tips for TAs,” Dean’s
Office New Teaching Assistant Orientation R UTGERS UNIVERSITY,
Camden, NJ, September 2004
“Preparing for college reading and writing” GILL
ST. BARNARD’S COLLEGE PREP SCHOOL, Peapack, NJ, May
Finch and Huck Finn Have a Tale to Spin,” Associate
Seminar Series, Center for Children and Childhood Studies
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, Camden, NJ, February 2004
Girls by Teaching Literary Form” Professional Development
Videoconferencing Outreach Series RUTGERS OFFICE OF CONTINUOUS
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH, New Brunswick, New Jersey, March
Roam and Come Home: Wind in the Willows.” UNIVERSITY
OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, English Department, October 1998
in Little Women” UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY,
Slavic Department, November 1997
Women: Celebration of Female Community or Gender Ambivalence?”
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA EXTENSION, ON-LINE Lecture Notes:
Classics of Children’s Literature. Berkeley: UC Regents,