Associate Professor of English, Chair
Eric Tribunella has taught a variety of courses on such topics as the Golden Age of children’s literature, young adult literature, children’s picture books, British children’s literature, trauma theory and children’s literature, children’s literature before 1865, and lesbian and gay literature. He also frequently teaches courses on literary criticism and theory.
He has published work on John Knowles’s A Separate Peace, Esther Forbes’s Johnny Tremain, boy-and-his-dog stories, the curricular institutionalization of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, and the retelling of classic children’s novels as erotica for adults. This work has appeared in such journals as Children’s Literature Annual, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, The Lion and the Unicorn: A Critical Journal of Children’s Literature, and Children’s Literature in Education.
His book, Melancholia and Maturation: The Use of Trauma in American Children’s Literature, was published in 2010 by the University of Tennessee Press.
Reading Children's Literature: A Critical Introduction, co-authored with Carrie Hintz, is forthcoming from Bedford/St. Martin's in 2013.