Susan E. Honeyman

Martin Distinguished Professor

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Susan E. Honeyman


Susan Honeyman edits the “Cultures of Childhood” series at the University Press of Mississippi, which includes Thomas Minehan’s ethnography of Depression-era youth riding the rails, Boy and Girl Tramps of America, and Michael Kugler’s collection of a Nebraska boy’s comics, Into the Jungle: A Boy’s Comic-Strip History of World War II.


  • Ph.D. in English, Wayne State University, Detroit. December 2001 
  • M.A. in English, University of Kansas, Lawrence. September 1993
  • Film and Comparative Literature, University of Hull, England. August 1989-July 1990 
  • B.A. in English, University of Kansas, Lawrence. May 1989

Research Interests

  • Childhood Studies
  • Youth Literature and Politics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Folklore
  • and Comics

Classes Taught

  • Children's Literature
  • Literature for Adolescents
  • Principles of Literary Criticism
  • Queer Literature
  • and the Graphic Novel



  • Perils of Protection: Shipwrecks, Orphans, and Children's Rights. University of Mississippi Press, 2019.
  • Child Pain, Migraine and Invisible Disability. Routledge, 2016.
  • Consuming Agency in Fairy Tales, Childlore, and Folkliterature. Routledge, 2010.  
  • Elusive Childhood: Impossible Representations in Modern Fiction. Ohio State University Press, 2005.

Articles, Book Chapters & Reviews

  • “Child Rights and Family Abolition in the Pied Piper Legend and World War II Evacuation” inJournal of the History of Childhood and Youth (2023)
  • “Pain Proxies, Migraine, and Invisible Disability” reprinted in Disability Arts and Culture: Methods and Approaches, ed. Petra Kuppers (Intellect 2019)
  • “Lies We Tell Sick Children: Mutual Pretense and Uninformed Consent by Proxy in Cancer Narratives” in The Lion and the Unicorn 40.1 (2016)
  • “Pain Proxies, Migraine, and Invisible Disability in Renée French’s H Day” in Studies in Comics 5.2 (2014)
  • “Escaping the Prison-House: Visualcy and Prelanguage in Sheldon Mayer’s Sugar and SpikeChildren’s Literature Association Quarterly 39.2 (2014)
  • "Trans(cending)gender."The Children's Table: Interdisciplinary Childhood Studies. Ed. Anna Mae Duane. University of Georgia Press (2013). "Youth Voices in the War Diary Business" International Research in Children's Literature. 4.1 (2010) 73-86.
  • "Gastronomic Utopias and the Legacy of Political Hunger in African American Folktales" Children's Literature. 38 (2010) 44-63. "Consumerism, Sweets, and Self-determined Choice," The International Journal of Children's Rights 18 (2009) 253-265.
  • "Transforming Segar's Progressive Everyman into Fleischer's Depression- Era Supersalesman: the Power of Popeye's Spinach," International Journal of Comic Art 10.2 (2008) 437-450.
  • "Trick or Treat? Halloween Lore, Passive Consumerism, and the Candy Industry" The Lion and the Unicorn 32.1 (January 2008) 81-108. "Gingerbread Wishes and Candy(land) Dreams" Marvels and Tales 21.2 (December 2007) 195-215.
  • "Manufactured Agency and the Playthings who Dream it for Us" Children's Literature Association Quarterly 31.2 (Summer 2006) 109-131.
  • "Mutiny by Mutation: Uses of Neoteny in Science Fiction. Children's Literature in Education 35.4 (December 2004) 347-66.
  • "Childhood Bound--In Maps and Pictures." Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature (June 2001) 117-132.
  • "What Maisie Knew and the Impossible Representation of Childhood." Henry James Review 22.1 (Winter 2001) 67-80.