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Dr. Susan E. Larkin

Dr. Susan E. Larkin

Batten Associate Professor of English

Batten 246B
757.233.8809
slarkin@vwc.edu
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Dr. Susan Larkin is Batten Associate Professor of English at VWC.  After graduating from North Providence High School in Rhode Island, she received her B.A. in English from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.  While at Wheaton, Larkin played on teams that won conference and ECAC titles and played in the 1997 DIII College World Series, ending up third in the nation.  She was a two time NFCA Scholar Athlete and was a three time Academic All-Conference honoree while graduating summa cum laude

Dr. Larkin did her graduate work at Illinois State University, earning an M.A. in English, a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies, and a PhD in English Studies.  Her areas of specialization are Children’s and Adolescent Literature and Women’s Studies and she has published on Laura Ingalls Wilder, Walt Disney, and Harry Potter, and is currently working on a study of contemporary women’s memoir.  At VWC, she teaches courses on Children’s Literature, Adolescent Literature, Women’s Studies, Women’s Literature, and Composition.  Dr. Larkin serves as the English Department Coordinator and is one of the college Faculty Athletic Representatives.  

Publications:

  •  “Rags over Riches: Disney and Redemption in Pollyanna and Summer Magic.”  Forthcoming in Walt Disney and His Narratives: From Reader to Storyteller, Kathy Merlock Jackson and Mark I. West, eds.   Print.
  • Review of Negotiating a Perilous Empowerment: Appalachian Women’s Literacies. By Heather Locklear, Journal of American Culture. 35.4  (Winter 2012): 375-6.  Print. 
  • “Mixing gender and crossing disciplines: Team Teaching in Women’s Studies Classes.”  With Harold E. Dorton, Jr.  Academic Exchange Quarterly 16.12 (2012): 38-43.  Print.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder.”  The Literary Encyclopedia.  23 March 2009.  Web.
  • Review of Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Writer’s Life, by Pamela Smith Hill, The Lion and the Unicorn 33.1 (Winter 2009): 104-107.  Print.
  • “Life Writing/Writing a Culture: Laura Ingalls Wilder.”  MidAmerica. 34 (2007): 118-125.  Print.
  • “Laura’s Story: Gender, Autobiography, and the Little House Books.”  a/b: Auto/Biography Studies  22.2 (2007): 250-269.  Print.

 

National/International Presentations:

  • “Illusion and Discourse as Survival Tools: Shifting Subjectivities and Identity in Adolescent Literature.”  The National Popular Culture & American Culture Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2014.
  • “Disney’s Sentimental Fiction.”  International Popular Culture Association Conference, Warsaw, Poland, July 2013. 
  • “Playing Dress Up: Illusion, Power, and the Female Adolescent.”  International Conference of the Children’s Literature Association, Biloxi, MS, June 2013.
  • “Children’s Literature in ‘Adult’ Courses.” International Conference of the Children’s Literature Association, Boston, MA, June 2012.
  • “Fairy Tale Makeovers: Style or Substance.” The National Popular Culture & American Culture Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA, April 2012.
  • “The Body Beautiful?  Fairy Tale Revisions and the Female Body.”  International Conference of the Children’s Literature Association, Roanoke, VA, June 2011. 
  • “The Female Body as Classroom Object: Gendered rules for consumption?”  With Harold Dorton.  The National Popular Culture & American Culture Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, April 2011. 
  •  “The Politics of Mixed Gender Team Teaching in Women’s Studies Classes.”  With Harold Dorton.  The National Popular Culture & American Culture Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO, April 2010. 
  • “A Knucklehead, a Bad Boy and a Yo-yo: The Autobiographies of Walter Dean Myers, Jerry Spinelli, and Jon Scieszka.”  International Conference of the Children’s Literature Association, Charlotte, NC, June 2009.
  • “Stepping Outside Myself: Considering Multiculturalism.”  International Conference of the Children’s Literature Association, Newport News, VA, June 2007. 
  • “Life Writing/Writing a Culture: Laura Ingalls Wilder.”  Writing the Midwest Symposium, Lansing, MI, May 2007.  
  • “From Damsels to Demons: Transforming the Bildungsroman.”  International Conference of the Children’s Literature Association, Manhattan Beach, CA, June 2006. 
  • Session Organizer, “American Girls Don’t Need Dolls: Examining, Voicing, and Defining the American Girl.”  Modern Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature Conference, Nashville, TN, April 2005.
  • “Still on the Frontier: The Little House Books as Women’s Texts.” Modern Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature Conference, Nashville, TN, April 2005.
  •  “Haunted: Gothic Influences on the Bildungsroman.”  Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Chicago, IL, November 2003. 
  • “A Reading and Analysis of Summer of My German Soldier.”  Banned Book Reading and Evaluation, Illinois State University, Normal, IL., September 2003. 
  • “Woman or Werewolf:  Shifting Subjectivities in Annette Curtis Klause’s Blood and Chocolate.”  Modern Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature Conference, Nashville, TN, April 2003. 
  • “Walking the Unbeaten Path: Cynthia Voigt’s Subversion of the School Story.” International Conference of the Children’s Literature Association, Wilkes-Barre, PA, June 2002.

 

Regional/Local Presentations:

  • “The Body Tale.”  Fat Talk Week Panel, VWC, Norfolk, VA, October 2011. 
  • “Anne Frank: Bringing Memoir of Age.”  Anne Frank: Lessons for a New Century, Norfolk, VA, April 2010. 
  • “Do You Believe in Magic?: Considering Power, Agency, and Wizardry in the Harry Potter Novels.”  Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Chicago, IL, November 2006. 
  •  “A Reading and Analysis of The Giver.”  Banned Book Reading and Evaluation, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, September 2004.
  • A Reading and Analysis of Blood and Chocolate.”  Banned Book Reading and Evaluation, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, September 2002.
  •  “Everyone Poops But No One Talks About It.”  Ewing English Studies Symposium, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, April 2002.
  • “A Reading and Analysis of The Great Gilly Hopkins.”  Banned Book Reading and Evaluation, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, September 2001.
  • “Teaching for the First Time.”  Illinois State University Writing Program Orientation, Normal, IL, January, 2001.
  • “Co-Teaching, Myth or Utopia?”  Ewing English Studies Symposium, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, April 2000.

  • Children's Literature
  • Adolescent Literature
  • Women's Memoir
  • Women's Studies

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