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Michelle Beissel Heath
Department of English
Office: Thomas Hall 210
E-mail: beisselheamp "at" unk.edu
Dr. Beissel Heath’s
teaching and research interests include
children’s literature and British literature (particularly 19th century British children's literature). Her current work in childhood studies explores intersections of literature, history, play, citizenship, and empire.
Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska at Kearney Department of
English (August 2009-present)
Tulane University Department of English (August 2008-July 2009)
Assistant Director, The George Washington
Center (August 2002-July
Ph.D., English. The George Washington University. Washington, DC. May 2008.
M.A., English. The University of Maine. Orono, ME. August 2001.
B.A., English, History, & Spanish. Gustavus Adolphus College. St. Peter, MN. May 1999.
Academic Grants and Fellowships
Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington (for research at the Lilly Library, Winter 2011-2012)
Research Services Council Summer Scholarly Activity Grant, University of Nebraska at Kearney (for research at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, Summer 2011)
Teaching Excellence Travel Grant, University of Nebraska at Kearney (for paper presentation at the VISAWUS conference, 2010)
Research Services Council Mini-Grant, University of Nebraska at Kearney (for research at the British Library in London and the Bodleian Library in Oxford, Winter 2009-2010)
Newcomb Institute Faculty Travel Grant, Tulane University (for paper presentation at the NAVSA conference, 2008)
Newcomb Faculty Fellow, Tulane University (2008)
Cosmos Club Foundation Grant, Washington, DC (for research at the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood, London, Spring 2007)
"Recycled Stories: Historicizing Play Today Through the Late 19th Century Anglo-American Play Movement." Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth. 7.1 (Winter 2014). Forthcoming.
"The 'Rubbing Off' of 'Art and Beauty': Child Citizenship, Literary Engagement, and the Anglo-American Playground Movement." Kidding Around: New Perspectives on the Child in Film and Media. Ed. Alexander N. Howe, Wynn Yarbrough, and Deirdre Evans-Pritchard. Continuum (Bloomsbury Academic). January 2014. Forthcoming.
"Oh Golly, What a Happy Family!: Trajectories of Citizenship and Agency in Three Twentieth-Century Book Series for Children." Jeunesse: Young Peoples, Texts, Cultures. 5.1 (Summer 2013): 38-64.
“Cooks and Queens and Dreams: The South Seas Islands as Fairy Islands of Fancy.” Oceania and the Victorian Imagination: Where All Things Are Possible. Ed. Richard D. Fulton and Peter H. Hoffenberg. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, March 2013. 137-149.
“Not ‘All Ridges and Furrows’ and ‘Uncroquetable
Lawns’: Croquet, Female Citizenship, and 1860s Domestic Chronicles.” Critical Survey. 24.1 (Spring 2012): 43-56.
“Lessons Not Learned: ‘Bad
Blankets,’ and the Unhappy Endings of Oscar Wilde’s Fairy Tales.” The Oscholars. Ed. Naomi Wood. June 2009.
“Playing at House and
Playing at Home: the Domestic Discourse of Games in Edwardian Fictions of Childhood.” Childhood
in Edwardian Fiction: Worlds Enough and Time. Ed. Adrienne E. Gavin
and Andrew F. Humphries. Basingstoke,
Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, December 2008 (New York: January 2009). 89-102. In 2011, Childhood
in Edwardian Fiction: Worlds Enough and Time was awarded the inaugural
Children's Literature Association Edited Book Award.
Bibliographic entries for
the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) Bibliography:
2005-2007. Victorian Periodicals Review 41.3 (Fall 2008): 183-224.
"Trapped in the Past: Limiting the Fantastical Potential of the Neo-Victorian Girl." Neo-Victorian Cultures: The Victorians Today. Liverpool John Moores University Research Centre for Literature and Cultural History conference. Liverpool, UK. July 2013.
"Dueling with Literary Legacies? The Battle for Cultural Respectability and National Pride in U.S. and British 19th Century Card Games." International Conference of the Children's Literature Association (ChLA). Biloxi, MS. June 2013.
for Art” is their motto’: Aesthetics, Children’s Play, and Late Victorian
Children’s Literature.” North
American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) annual conference. Nashville, TN. November 2011.
the Rebellious Child?: Re-writing the 19th Century Girl in Timothy
Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and
Jacqueline Kelly’s The Evolution of
Calpurnia Tate.” International
Conference of the Children’s Literature Association (ChLA). Roanoke, VA. June 2011.
the Numbers: Child Crowds, Child’s Play, and Mary Augusta Ward’s Milly and Olly.” North American
Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) annual conference. Montreal, Canada. November 2010.
and Queens and Dreams: The South Seas as Fairy Islands of Fancy.” Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies
Association of the Western United States (VISAWUS) annual conference. Honolulu, HI.
Golly, what a Happy Family!: Politics, Play, and the Extra-Literary Lives of
Allan Ahlberg’s, Florence Upton’s, and Enid Blyton’s Children’s Book
Series.” International Conference of the
Children’s Literature Association (ChLA).
Ann Arbor, MI. June 2010.
“Redeeming ‘the Uncroquetable Lawn’: Charlotte Yonge, Flirtatious Hoops, and
Family Time.” 18th and 19th Century
British Women Writers Association (BWWA) annual conference. Iowa City, IA. April 2009.
Liberating Lawn Tennis and a Heterosocial Forster.” North American Victorian Studies Association
(NAVSA) annual conference. New Haven, CT. November 2008.
“Making a Good Little
Briton: Fiction, Games, and the 19th Century Commodities of Childhood and Citizenship.” Kidding Around:
The Child in Film and Media interdisciplinary conference. Washington,
DC. September 2008.
“Empire, Home, and the
Child as Artifact: Six to Sixteen and Kim’s Game.”
Midwest Victorian Studies Association (MVSA) Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.
“Playing at House and Playing at Home: the
Domestic Discourse of Games in Nesbit, Barrie, and Stevenson.” International
Conference of the Children’s Literature Association (ChLA). Newport
News, VA. June 2007.
“The Uncroquetable Lawn”: Charlotte Yonge and
Lewis Carroll Play at Mallets and Hoops.”
Romantic and Victorian Entertainments: Graduate Student Literature Conference. University
of South Carolina. Columbia,
SC. March 2007.
“Science, Billiards, and the Unplayful Child: Great Expectations, What Maisie Knew,
and The Secret Garden.” Southwest/Texas Popular & American
Culture Association Annual Conference. Albuquerque, NM. February 2007.
“Domestic Differences: Conceptions of Home in
Juliana Ewing’s Six to Sixteen and Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The
Secret Garden.” 18th and
19th Century British Women Writers Association (BWWA) annual conference. Athens, GA.
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