- Contributors' Notes
Joel D. Chaston is an associate professor of English at Southwest Missouri State University where he teaches children's and young adult literature. He is the co-author of Theme Exploration: A Voyage of Discovery (Heinemann) and has published articles on children's literature in journals such as ChLA Quarterly, Children's Literature in Education, and The Lion and the Unicorn.
Ellen Butler Donovan teaches English at Middle Tennessee State University and collaborates with the College of Education on a pilot project in teacher education. Her current research interests include Calamity Jane, Native American cultures in children's literature, and 19th-century American culture.
Angela M. Estes is associate professor of English at California Polytechnic State University, where she teaches American literature and creative writing. She has published articles on Louisa May Alcott and Margaret Wise Brown and is the author of two collections of poems, Boarding Pass (Solo Press) and The Uses of Passion (forthcoming in the Peregrine Smith Poetry Series, 1995).
A. Waller Hastings is an assistant professor of English at Northern State University. He is currently working on a collection of essays dealing with Disney animation, children's literature, and critical theory.
Caroline C. Hunt teaches Renaissance courses and literature for adolescents at the College of Charleston and has taught children's literature in the graduate program in education there. She has published articles in several journals, and is currently editing the "British Children's Literature since 1960" edition of The Dictionary of Literary Biography.
Judith Gero John is an assistant professor of literature at Southwest Missouri State University, where she teaches children's and young adult literature. Her articles have appeared in Children's Literature Quarterly and The Lion and the Unicorn. [End Page 246]
Kathleen M. Lant is a professor of English at California Polytechnic State University, where she teaches American literature. Her publications include work on Harriet Beecher Stowe, Tennessee Williams, Stephen King, Sylvia Plath, Kate Chopin, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Louisa May Alcott.
Anne Lundin is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is working on a reception study of the triumvirate of Edmund Evans: Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott, and Kate Greenaway.
Susan Naramore Maher teaches English and women's studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has published articles on children's literature, 19th-century adventure fiction, and the literature of the American West. Currently, she is working on a booklength study of women adventure writers.
David L. Russell is professor of languages and literature at Ferris State University, where he teaches children's literature. He is the author of Literature for Children (now in its second edition), a widely-used college text, as well as of numerous articles on children's literature. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Children's Literature Association and is the Association's Publications Chair.
William J. Scheick is a J. R. Millkan Centennial Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Texas-Austin. Among his many published books are Contemporary American Women Writers: Narrative Strategies (1985), Fictional Structure and Ethics: The Turn-of-the-Century English Novel (1990), and The Ethos of Romance at the Turn of the Century (1994).
C. Anita Tarr teaches at Illinois State University. Her courses in children's literature range from fairy tales and picture books to preadolescent novels. She has published on Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, J. M. Barrie, and Scott O'Dell. She is at present working on a critical book examining Rawlings' The Yearling.
Roberta Seelinger Trites is an assistant professor in the English department at Illinois State University, specializing in children's literature. Her research interests include critical theories—especially feminist and narrative theories—as they are applied to recent children's texts. [End Page 247]