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Susan Larkin

Susan Larkin

Professor of English


Degrees Held

B.A., Wheaton College
M.A., Ph.D., Illinois State University

Office Location: Batten 246B
Phone: 757-233-8809
Email: slarkin@vwu.edu
Department/s: English

Dr. Susan Larkin is a Professor of English at Virginia Wesleyan University.

Selected Publications:

  • “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.  

    Recent Presentations:
     
  • “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.