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Eric Tribunella

Eric Tribunella

Full Professor


Eric L. Tribunella is the author of Melancholia and Maturation: The Use of Trauma in American Children's Literature (2010), co-author of Reading Children's Literature: A Critical Introduction (2013 & 2019) with Carrie Hintz, and editor of a critical edition of Edward Prime-Stevenson's 1891 novel Left to Themselves (2016). His articles include "Between Boys: Edward Stevenson's Left to Themselves (1891) and the Birth of Gay Children's Literature," which 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), and 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).

  • PHD - CUNY City College (2005)
  • MA - University of Florida (2000)
  • BS - University of Florida (1998)
  • BA - University of Florida (1997)

Introduction to Children’s and Young Adult Literature
The Golden Age of Children’s Literature
American Literature for Children Since WWII
Lesbian and Gay Literature
Queer and Gender Theory
New York City in American Literature
Young Adult Literature
Literary Theory and Criticism
The American South in Literature for and about Children
Trauma and Children’s Literature
Children’s Picture Books

  • Melancholia and Maturation: The Use of Trauma in American Children’s Literature, 2010
  • Left to Themselves: Being the Ordeal of Philip and Gerald (1891, 2016
  • Reading Children's Literature: A Critical Introduction, Second Edition, 2019
  • Clery Act
  • Preventing Discrimination & Harassment: Employees V2.3
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Title IX: Preventing Sexual Misconduct for Faculty and Staff – "Responsible Employee" Edition
  • The Children's Literature Association

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children's and young adult literature, lesbian and gay literature, queer and gender theory