Professor of English
B.A., Wheaton College
M.A., Ph.D., Illinois State University
Dr. Susan Larkin is a Professor of English at Virginia Wesleyan University. After graduating from North Providence High School in Rhode Island, she received her B.A. in English, summa cum laude, 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. 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, Mr. Rogers, and Harry Potter, and is currently working on a study of contemporary women’s memoir. At VWU, she teaches courses on Children’s Literature, Adolescent Literature, Women’s Studies, Women’s Literature, and Composition.
- “Liberation, Renewal, and the Re-Imagination of Self: Wild and Garlic and Sapphires.” Co-authroed with Sarah Foust Vinson. Journal of South Texas English Studies. 6.1 (2016): 15-26.
- “Fantasy as Free Space: Mr. Rogers’s Neighborhood.” In Revisiting Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Teaching and Learning about Self and Community. Kathy Merlock Jackson and Steven Emmanuel, Eds. New York: McFarland and Company, 2016.
- “Discipline and Gender in Women’s Studies Classes.” Co-authored with Harold E. Dorton, Jr. In Gender and Sexuality Studies. Thalia M. Mulvihill, Ed. Stuyvesant Falls: Rapid Intellect Group, 2015. 130-135.
- “The Sentimental Novel: Community, Power, and Femininity.” Walt Disney, from Reader to Storyteller: Essays on the Literary Inspirations. Kathy Merlock Jackson and Mark I. West, eds. New York: McFarland and Company, 2014.
- “Laura Ingalls Wilder.” The Literary Encyclopedia. 23 March 2009.
- “Life Writing/Writing a Culture: Laura Ingalls Wilder.” MidAmerica. 34 (2007): 118-125.
- “Laura’s Story: Gender, Autobiography, and the Little House Books.” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 22.2 (2007): 250-269.
- “Blending Digital Pedagogies into Face-to-face Classes: Practice Tools and Critical Reflection. Presented with Joyce Howell and Linda Ferguson to the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy at Virginia Tech, February, 2017.
- “Mr. Rogers’s Make-believe: Making Space for Reality.” The National Popular Culture & American Culture Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, March 2016.
- “Illusion as a Survival Tool: Shifting Subjectivities in The Hunger Games and Ten Cents a Dance.” 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.