Karen Coats is professor of English. She has a PhD in Human Sciences from The George Washington University.
498Professional Practice:Internship In English
375Young Adult Literature
Psychoanalytic theory, Children's Literature and Culture, Young Adult literature
“The End?: Approaches to Closure in Early Readers.” The Early Reader in Children’s Literature and Culture: Theorizing Books for Beginning Readers. Ed. Jennifer M. Miskec and Annette Wannamaker. New York and London: Routledge, 2016. 57-70. Print.
Causey, Lauren and Coats, Karen. “Cultural-Historical Activity Theory and the Expansive Cycle of Mothering while Black.” Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism. Ed. Lisa Rowe Fraustino and Karen Coats. University of Mississippi Press, 2016. 113-132.
Coats, Karen and Sands, Farran Norris. "Growing Up Frankenstein: Adaptations for Young Readers." The Cambridge Companion to Frankenstein. Ed. Andrew Smith. Cambridge U P, 2016. 241-55.
Coats, Karen. “The Possibilities of Becoming: Process Relational Theology in the Works of David Almond.” David Almond: A Casebook, ed. by Rosemary Ross Johnston, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Looking Glasses and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire and Subjectivity in Children’s Literature. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004.
Children’s Literature and the Developing Reader. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, 2013. E-Book and Print.
Fraustino, Lisa Rowe and Coats, Karen, eds. Mothers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to Postfeminism. University Press of Mississippi, 2016.
Handbook of Research on Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Co-edited with Shelby A. Wolf, Patricia Enciso, and Christine A. Jenkins. New York: Routledge, 2011. Print.
The Gothic in Children’s Literature: Haunting the Borders. Co-edited with Anna Jackson and Roderick McGillis. New York: Routledge, 2007.
Guest Editor, with Lisa Rowe Fraustino, Children’s Literature in Education, Vol. 46, No. 2 (June 2015), Special Issue: Mothering in Children’s and Young Adult Literature.
“What Can Verse Novels Teach Us about the Aesthetics of Poetry for Young People?” Paper presented at MLA, Austin, TX, January 9, 2016.
“Alice’s Aesthetic Categories,” Paper presented at Alice Through the Ages conference, Homerton College, Cambridge University, September 17, 2015.
“The Aesthetic of Zaniness in Children’s Illustrated Poetry (and other literature),” Paper presented at International Research Society of Children’s Literature conference, University of Worcester, August 11, 2015.
“Zany, Cute, and Interesting?: The Contemporary Aesthetics of Death in Books for Young Readers,” Paper presented at ChLA Conference, Richmond, VA, June 2015.