Sara Austin

PhD Candidate

Specialties: Children’s Lit, Cultural Studies, 20th Century American Lit, Gender and Sexuality, African American Literature, Comics and Graphic Novels


“Cold, Tactless, Brave, Heroic, Technowizards: The New Feminine of Mattel’s Fashion Dolls.” Heroes, Heroines and Everything in Between: Challenging Gender and Sexuality Stereotypes in Children’s Entertainment Media. Ed. CarrieLynn D. Reinhard and Christopher J. Olson. Lexington: Rowman & Littlefield (2017): 123-138.

“Consuming Girls: Valuing Queer Identity in Monster High Doll Fandom.” Transformative Works and Cultures. 22 (2016). Online.

Co-editor, “Genre and Black Literature,” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly Special Issue 41.4 (Winter 2016).

“Two Separate Hearts: Virginia Hamilton and the Black Arts Movement.” The Lion and the Unicorn 40.3 (September 2016): 262-279.

“Sita, Surpanakha and Kaikeyi as Political Bodies: Representations of Female Sexuality in Idealised Culture.” Journal of Graphic Novels & Comics 5.2 (2014): 125-36.

“Performative Metafiction: Lemony Snicket, Daniel Handler and The End Of A Series of Unfortunate Events.” The Looking Glass: New Perspectives in Children’s Literature 17.1 (2013). Online.

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