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Professor Emerita of English
My interests separately and in combination are British Romanticism; colonial and postcolonial literatures, especially British and Indian; and children’s literature, especial colonial and postcolonial. My current projects include a book on Kipling as children’s writer (“Kipling and the Little Traditions”); an edition for Penguin of Just So Stories; an article on Kipling and his American audiences (“How ’The White Man’s Burden’ Lost its Scare Quotes: Kipling and the New American Empire”); and a series of articles on 19th-century women writers of children’s literature (Ewing, Rossetti, Sara Coleridge).
Radcliffe College B.A.
Girton College, Cambridge University B.A.
Harvard University, Ph.D., 1965
Romanticism and the Vocation of Childhood. Palgrave, 2001.
Idea of the Decline of Poetry. Harvard Dissertations in American and English Literature. N.Y.: Garland, 1987.
“Punch Reads Aunt Judy: Kipling, Ewing, and the Uses of Children’s Literature.” Twice-Told Children’s Tales: The Influence of Childhood Reading on Writers for Adults. Ed. Betty Greenway. Routledge: NY and London, 2005: 183-198.
“Whose is Kim? Postcolonial India Rewrites Kipling’s Imperial Boy.” South Asian Review 25, no. 2 (2004): 3-22.
"Tagore in the Warsaw Ghetto: Korczak's Production of the Post Office." Rabindranath Tagore: Universality and Tradition, ed. Patrick Hogan and Lalita Pandit, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2003. .
“Jane Austen Goes to India: Emily Eden's Semi-Detached Home Thoughts from Abroad." The Postcolonial Jane Austen. Ed. You-me Park and Rajeswari Sunder Rajan. Routledge, 2000.163-188.