Anne Hiebert Alton
Professor of English
Central Michigan University
Doctor of Philosophy: University of Toronto, 1995
Specialization: Victorian Literature
Dissertation title: "Teaching Women: Teacher and Taught in
the Novels of Anne & Charlotte Brontë"
Master of Arts: The University of Calgary, 1987
Specialization: Children's Literature
MA thesis title: "Approaches to Evil in the Adventure
Bachelor of Arts: The University of Calgary, 1985
Honors thesis title: "Landscape and Character in George
MacDonald's Children's Fiction"
Books - Click on photos for contents
- Book Information
|Discworld and the Disciplines: Critical
Approaches to the Terry Pratchett Works.
Ed. Anne Hiebert Alton and William C. Spruiell.
Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2014. |
|Peter Pan. By J.M. Barrie. Scholarly
Edition. Ed. Anne Hiebert Alton. Peterborough, ON: Broadview, 2011.|
|Arousing Delight: Arthur Rackham, Author and
Illustrator. Mt. Pleasant, MI: Central Michigan University, 2006.
|Little Women. By Louisa May Alcott.
Scholarly Edition. Ed. Anne Hiebert Alton. Peterborough, ON: Broadview,
|"Educating the Next Generation."
On-line essay discussing the Clarke Historical Library's Children's
Literature exhibit of the same name. Central Michigan University, 2010.
|"Playing the Genre Game: Generic
Fusions of the Harry Potter series." Critical Perspectives on Harry
Potter. Ed. Elizabeth E. Heilman. 2nd ed. Routledge, 2008. 199-233.|
|"P.L. Travers." New
Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004.|
|"Generic Fusion and the Mosaic of
Harry Potter." Harry Potter’s World:
Multidisciplinary Critical Perspectives. Ed. Elizabeth Heilman. Routledge, 2003.
|"The Hockey Sweater: A Canadian
Cross-Cultural Icon." Papers: Explorations into
Children's Literature 12:2 (August 2002): 5-13.|
|"'Bring the child in you out to play!': Canadian
Children’s Culture and the 1997 Calgary International Children’s
Festival." Canadian Children's Literature 90 (1998): 17-27.
|"Changing the World: A Profile of Writer JoAnne
James." Canadian Children's Literature 85 (1997): 31-40.
|"Books in the Novels of Charlotte Brontë." Brontë
Society Transactions 21:7 (1996): 265-74. |
|"Education in Victorian Fact and Fiction: Kay-Shuttleworth
and Dickens's Hard Times." Dickens Quarterly 9:2 (1992):
Influence to Inspiration." Keynote address for Phoenix Rising, an academic conference
focusing on the Harry Potter books in New Orleans, Louisiana. May
Rackham.” Opening address for the Arthur Rackham, Artist and Illustrator
exhibition at the Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University,
Fantasy for the 21st Century." Keynote address for the Michigan
Library Association Annual Conference being held in Lansing, Michigan.
- Selected Conference Papers
Work in Progress
|"Mere Entertainment or Art for the
Ages?: The Genius of Harry Potter.” Paper for panel entitled
The Ethos of Harry Potter: Art, Influence, Delight at the Midwestern
Modern Language Association Annual Conference in Chicago (November 2006)|
in London and Other Pastimes: Cultural Representation(s) in 19th Century
Table Games" for Monuments and Dust: The Culture of Victorian London
conference held at the Tate Britain in London, England (June 2004)|
.... Harry!: The Popular Genres of Harry Potter” for the Popular
Association of America Conference in Toronto, Canada (March 2002)|
|"The Hockey Sweater: A Canadian
Cross-Cultural Icon" for "Reading Pictures: Art, Narrative, and
Childhood" International Symposium on Children's Literature at
Homerton College, Cambridge University, England (September 2000)
|"Finding themselves 'more truly and more strange':
Unlikely Heroes in George MacDonald's The Princess and the Goblin
and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit" for NCTE Annual Conference in
Denver, Colorado (November 1999) |
|"Portrayals of War in Children's Fiction: L.M.
Montgomery’s Rilla of Ingleside and Kate Seredy’s The
Singing Tree" for IRSCL Biannual Conference in York, England
|Books including an edited collection of
essays on Terry Pratchett and a critical monograph on fantasy|
Harry Potter, Arthur Rackham, portrayals of childhood in Peter Pan, 19th century table
games and cultural identity, and current trends in contemporary Children's
and Young Adult fantasy |
and Dust: An Electronic Archive of Victorian London,
an electronic archive under construction by the Institute for Advanced
Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia and the
University of London and published on Cambridge University Press’s website|
Research & Teaching Interests
Areas: Children's Literature, Victorian Literature, Fantasy, the Novel
Authors: Diane Duane, Philip Pullman,
Terry Pratchett, J. M. Barrie, J. K. Rowling, Anthony Browne, Maurice Sendak, P. L. Travers,
E. L. Konigsburg, L. M. Montgomery, John Marsden, J. R. R. Tolkien, The Brontës, Elizabeth
Gaskell, and Charles Dickens
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