Eric Tribunella

Professor of English and Executive Associate Dean for Faculty and Operations


Eric Tribunella has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses on such topics as the Golden Age of children's literature, young adult literature, British children's literature, trauma theory and children's literature, children's literature before 1865, lesbian and gay literature, and queer theory.

His article "Between Boys: Edward Stevenson's Left to Themselves (1891) and the Birth of Gay Children's Literature" received the Children's Literature Association Article Award in 2014. His essay on sexuality in children's and young adult literature was published in the Cambridge History of Lesbian and Gay Literature (Cambridge UP, 2014). Recent publications include his contribution to “Feeling the Fear of Difference: Celebrating A Wrinkle in Time” for the LA Review of Books (2018), and his interview with Ellen Ruffin on southern children’s literature in the Southern Quarterly’s special issue on children in the south (2017).  His essay "Pedophobia and the Orphan Girl in Pollyanna and A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning" appeared in the collection Gender(ed) Identities: Critical Readings of Gender in Children's and Young Adult Literature (Routledge, 2016).

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, was published in 2013.  The second edition will be published by Broadview Press in 2019.

He edited and introduced a scholarly/teaching edition of Edward Prime-Stevenson's 1891 novel Left to Themselves: Being the Ordeal of Philip and Gerald, published by Valancourt Books in 2016.