Eastern Michigan University
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Annette Wannamaker

Associate Professor

603P Pray-Harrold




Ph.D. in Literature, 1997, Bowling Green State University

M.A. in English, 1992, Virginia Commonwealth University

B.A. in Communications, 1987, Virginia Tech

Interests and Expertise

Children's and Adolescents' Literature, media, and culture. 


CHL207: Introduction to Children’s Literature

CHL208: Introduction to Multicultural Children’s Literature

CHL352: Folklore

CHL450-WI: Children’s Literature: Criticism and Response, writing intensive

CHL455: Adolescent Literature

CHL456: Jewish Children’s and Adolescent Literature

CHL516: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Children’s Literature

CHL518: History of Children’s Literature

CHL583: Illustrated Texts

CHL584: Adolescent Literature

CHL585: Children’s Literature: Criticism and Theory

CHL587: Children’s Media Studies

Recent Publications and Presentations


Boys in Children’s Literature and Popular Culture: Masculinity, Abjection, and the Fictional Child. New York: Routledge, 2007.

Editor. Mediated Boyhoods: Boys, Teens, and Young Men in Popular Culture and Media. New York: Peter Lang, 2011.

Editor, with Michelle Ann Abate. Global Perspectives on Tarzan: From King of the Jungle to International Icon. New York: Routledge, 2012.

Journal editing:

North American Editor-in-Chief of Children’s Literature in Education: An International Quarterly. (August 2011 to present)

Recent (past five years) articles and book chapters:

“ ‘Missing Everybody: Language and Identity in Catcher in the Rye.” Critical Insights: Coming of Age. Ed. Kent Baxter. Salem Press, 2013.

 “Now, Tarzan make war!”: World War II ‘B’ Movies, Profits and Propaganda.” Global Perspectives on Tarzan: From King of the Jungle to International Icon. Ed. Annette Wannamaker and Michelle Ann Abate. New York: Routledge, 2012.

“ ‘Salvation is just words too’: Addie Bundren and the Language of Motherhood.” Approaches to Teaching As I Lay Dying. Ed. Chris O’Donnell. Modern Language Association, 2011.

" ‘The Attack of the Inedible Hunk!': Food, Language and Power in Captain Underpants." Food in Children's Literature: Critical Approaches. Eds. Kara Keeling and Scott Pollard. New York: Routledge, 2009.