Anne Hiebert Alton
Professor of English
Central Michigan University
Professional Biography
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 Story"
Bachelor of Arts: The University of Calgary, 1985
Specialization: English
Honors thesis title: "Landscape and Character in George MacDonald's Children's Fiction"

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Book Information 
bulletDiscworld and the Disciplines: Critical Approaches to the Terry Pratchett Works. Ed. Anne Hiebert Alton and William C. Spruiell. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2014.
bulletPeter Pan. By J.M. Barrie. Scholarly Edition. Ed. Anne Hiebert Alton. Peterborough, ON: Broadview, 2011.
bulletArousing Delight: Arthur Rackham, Author and Illustrator. Mt. Pleasant, MI: Central Michigan University, 2006.
bulletLittle Women. By Louisa May Alcott. Scholarly Edition. Ed. Anne Hiebert Alton. Peterborough, ON: Broadview, 2001.
Selected Articles 
bullet"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.
bullet"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.
bullet"P.L. Travers." New Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004.
bullet"Generic Fusion and the Mosaic of Harry Potter." Harry Potter’s World: Multidisciplinary Critical Perspectives. Ed. Elizabeth Heilman. Routledge, 2003. 141-62.
bullet"The Hockey Sweater: A Canadian Cross-Cultural Icon." Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature 12:2 (August 2002): 5-13.
bullet"'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.
bullet"Changing the World: A Profile of Writer JoAnne James." Canadian Children's Literature 85 (1997): 31-40.
bullet"Books in the Novels of Charlotte Brontë." Brontë Society Transactions 21:7 (1996): 265-74.
bullet"Education in Victorian Fact and Fiction: Kay-Shuttleworth and Dickens's Hard Times." Dickens Quarterly 9:2 (1992): 67-80.

Keynote Addresses

bullet“Transformation: From Influence to Inspiration." Keynote address for Phoenix Rising, an academic conference focusing on the Harry Potter books in New Orleans, Louisiana. May 2007.
bullet“Presenting Arthur Rackham.” Opening address for the Arthur Rackham, Artist and Illustrator exhibition at the Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, February 2006
bullet“Desiring Dragons: Fantasy for the 21st Century." Keynote address for the Michigan Library Association Annual Conference being held in Lansing, Michigan. September 2006.
Selected Conference Papers
bullet"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)
bullet"Life 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)
bullet Here’s .... Harry!: The Popular Genres of Harry Potter” for the Popular Culture Association of America Conference in Toronto, Canada (March 2002)
bullet"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)
bullet"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)
bullet"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 (August 1997)
Work in Progress
bulletBooks including an edited collection of essays on Terry Pratchett and a critical monograph on fantasy
bulletArticles on 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
bulletEntries on Victorian childhood for Monuments 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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