The Persephone Myth

Holly Blackford
Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009 - 2 p.m. Holly Blackford

Holly Blackford is an Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University-Camden, where she directs the Writing Program. She teaches and publishes literary criticism on American and English literature as well as children’s and adolescent literature.

She has published articles on Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women,” Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights,” J.M. Barrie’s “Peter and Wendy,” Carlo Collodi’s “Pinocchio,” Anita Diamont’s “The Red Tent,” Julia Alvarez’s “In the Time of the Butterflies,” Shirley Jackson’s “Haunting at Hill House,” and Margaret Atwood’s “Alias Grace.”

Her book, “Out of This World: Why Literature Matters to Girls,” (Teachers College Press, education division of Columbia, 2004) analyzes the empirical reader-responses of girls to literature. She holds an International Reading Association research award for her study of responses to “Adventures of Huck Finn” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Her edited collection on the centennial study of “Anne of Green Gables” is forthcoming from Scarecrow Press in 2009.

She was elected to serve on the article award committee of the International Children’s Literature Association.