Dr. Ellen R. Donovan

Professor

Dr. Ellen R. Donovan
615-898-5981
Room 337, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 70, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

Mondays, 10-12

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:15-12:15

and by appointment at other times.

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison (1988)
  • M.A., Portland State University, OR (1980)
  • B.A., Portland State University, OR (1978)

Areas of Expertise

  • 19th century American Children's Literature
  • Children's and Young Adult Literature
  • American Literature of the 19th century

Biography

Dr. Donovan teaches courses in children's and adolescent literature and in American Literature.  Dr. Donovan's research currently focuses on how circuses are portrayed in 19th century children's literature.

Publications

“‘Annie Does Not Love the Monkeys’: Hawthorne, Irony, and Childhood Innocence.” Nathaniel Hawthorne Review 40.1 (2014): 41-60.

“The Circus in Nineteenth-Century Children’s Literature.”  The American Circus.  New York and New Haven:  Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts,  Design History and Material Culture and Yale U P, 2012.  330-57.

“Disorienting Reading.”  Chi...

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“‘Annie Does Not Love the Monkeys’: Hawthorne, Irony, and Childhood Innocence.” Nathaniel Hawthorne Review 40.1 (2014): 41-60.

“The Circus in Nineteenth-Century Children’s Literature.”  The American Circus.  New York and New Haven:  Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts,  Design History and Material Culture and Yale U P, 2012.  330-57.

“Disorienting Reading.”  Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 32 (2007):  29-46.

“’Very capital reading for children’: Reading as Play in Hawthorne’s A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys.”  Children’s Literature 30 (2002):  19-41.

 “Shade’s Children.”  Beacham’s Guide to Literature for Young Adults, Vol. 14. New York: Gale Group, 2002.

Smack.”  Beacham’s Guide to Literature for Young Adults, Vol. 12. New York: Gale Group, 2001.

“Literature, Images of Family in Children’s” The Family in America: An Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara:  ABC-CLIO, 2001.

Entries in The Cambridge Guide to Children’s Books in English (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001):  Brent and Melissa Ashabranner, Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane, George Armstrong Custer, Davy Crockett, Deadwood Dick, The Leather- Stocking Tales, Bill Peet (William Bartlett), tall tales, trickster, westerns, Wild Bill Hickock, Wyatt Earp, Daniel Boone.

“The Primacy of Pictures: Reading George Dardess’s Foreign Exchange.”  Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 23 (Winter 1998-99): 194-201.

“Susanna Anthony.”  Dictionary of Literary Biography:  American Women Prose Writers to 1820.  Vol. 200. Detroit: Gale Research, 1999.

“Reading for Profit and Pleasure:  Little Women and The Story of a Bad Boy.”  The Lion and the Unicorn 18 (1994):  143-153.

“Narrative Voices in Francis Parkman’s Montcalm and Wolfe.”  CLIO 18 (1989): 275-290.  

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