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Roxanne Harde, PhD


Augustana Campus | Arts | Native Studies


About Me

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University
PhD, Queen's University
MA, University of Saskatchewan

Major Awards

Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair, Vanderbilt University
Teagle Foundation Grant
SSHRC Insight Development Grant
Augustana Teaching Leadership Award
McCalla University Professorship
Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Project Grant
SSHRC Standard Research Grant

I teach and research American literature and culture. Though my original field of specialization was American literature to 1865, my work on American women writers from the colonial, revolutionary, ante- and post-bellum periods has led me to work on a disparate variety of American texts and cultural moments. My interest in children's and young adult literature has been grounded by my earlier career as a children's librarian. I have worked on and taught Indigenous texts and contexts for nearly twenty years, and now blend those interests in a project on Indigenous children's books. My theoretical approaches combine new historicism and feminist cultural materialism as I uncover how the texts I study work to reform the society that produced them. My current projects include a study of the strategies of decolonization in contemporary Indigenous texts for children, an ongoing project on singer-songwriters from the American south, and new research on recently published young adult novels about sexual assault. Alongside my disciplinary research, I also engage in the scholarship of teaching, and have published on my classroom practices.


Forthcoming Publications

  • “‘No accident, no mistake’: Acquaintance Rape in Recent YA Novels.” Beyond the Blockbusters: Themes and Trends in Contemporary Young Adult Literature. Eds. Rebekah Fitzsimmons and Casey Wilson. Routledge.
  • “‘The discussions with my team’: Team-Based Learning and Young Adult Literature.” Modern Language Association Options for Teaching Young Adult Literature. Eds. Roberta Seelinger Trites, Karen Coats, and Mike Cadden. MLA.
  • “‘Consuming themselves endlessly’: Women and Power in Livi Michael’s Short Story Cycle.” Constructing Coherence in the Contemporary British Short Story Cycle. Eds. Patrick Gill and Florian Kläger. Routledge Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory Series. Routledge.

Recent Publications

  • The Embodied Child: Readings in Children’s Literature and Culture. Ed. Roxanne Harde and Lydia Kokkola. Routledge Series in Children’s Literature and Culture. Routledge, 2017.
  • Eleanor Hodgman Porter’s Pollyanna: Children’s Classics at 100. Collection edited with Lydia Kokkola. Children’s Literature Association Centennial Series. Oxford: University of Mississippi Press, 2014.
  • Walking the Line: Country Music Lyricists and American Culture. Collection edited with Thomas Alan Holmes. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013.
  • “‘Like Alice, I was Brave’: The Girl in the Text in Olemaun’s Residential School Narratives.” Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 1.3 (2017): 121-36. (Reprinted in The Girl in the Text. Ed. Ann Smith. Transnational Girlhoods series. Berghahn, 2018.)
     “‘Doncher be too sure of that’: Children, Dogs, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps’s Early Posthumanism.” Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature 53.1 (2015): 10-23.
    “Team-Based Learning in the Humanities Classroom: ‘Women’s Environmental Writing’ as a Case Study.” The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 4.1 (2013). Open Access.
  •  “‘As long as my luck and lungs hold out’: The Processes of Power in Appalachian Mining Songs.” Seeking Home: Tradition and Modernity in Appalachia. Ed. Leslie Worthington and Jürgen Grandt. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 2016. 185-220.


Senior Courses

AUENG441: “Reform Writing for Children.”
AUENG292/392: “Feminist Critical Theory and Women’s Writing.”
AUENG271/371: “American Literature since 1865.”
AUENG270/370: “American Literature to 1865.”
AUENG268/368: “Women’s Environmental Literature.”
AUENG207/307: “Aboriginal/Indigenous Literature.”
AUENG206/706: “Native Children’s Literature.”
AUENG205/305: “Children’s Literature.”
AUENG202/302: “Feminist Theologies and Women’s Writing.”

Recent Directed Readings

Kelly Keus: Portrayals of PTSD in Adolescent Fantasy Fiction
Kate Gael: “They were just women”: Semiotic Collapse in Paradise
Stephanie Gruhlke: Finding Liberation within Religion: The Role of Kinship and Love in the Lives of Faithful Women
Hope Menary-Dianocky: Home as the Seat of Identity and Belonging in Louise Erdrich’s Birchbark House Series
Brittany Johnson: Aboriginal Women, Sexuality and the Spiritual
Jessica Stambaugh: Gaining Control: Self Harm to Combat Social Harm in YA Fiction
Kristie McLaughlin: War, Women, and the Hunger Games Trilogy
Bailey Almberg: “Over there is over here”: A Study of the Literature of 9/11
Andrea Dyck: Bad Medicine: Exploring the Silencing of Aboriginal Women in Indigenous Literature
Tia Lalani: “Just breathing isn’t living”: Disability, Class, and Gender in Nineteenth-Century American Children’s Literature

Graduate Supervision

I regularly supervise or serve on the examining committees of graduate students at the University of Alberta and other institutions. I am currently working with a doctoral student analyzing YA rape narratives (Macquarie University), and an MA student studying Indigenous children's books (UAlberta, Faculty of Native Studies).