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Eric Tribunella

Eric Tribunella



Eric L. Tribunella's most recent book, The Young Uranians: Male Homosexuality in Children's Literature, 1867-1918, is now available from Routledge's "Studies in Childhood, 1700 to the Present" book series.

He is also the co-editor of A de Grummond Primer (2021), co-author of Reading Children's Literature: A Critical Introduction (2013 & 2019), and author of Melancholia and Maturation: The Use of Trauma in American Children's Literature (2010).

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 Gay and Lesbian Literature (Cambridge UP, 2014). He edited a critical edition of Edward Prime-Stevenson's 1891 novel Left to Themselves (2016) for Valancourt Books.

  • PHD - CUNY Graduate School and University Center (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
  • The Children's Literature Association

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