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Holly Blackford
Assistant Professor of English and Writing Director
Rutgers University

Holly Blackford is an assistant professor of English and writing director at Rutgers University, where she also teaches American and Children's Literature and conducts research through the Center for Children and Childhood Studies. Her most recent empirical project on the reading practices of girls, Beyond Identity Politics: Why Literature Matters to Girls of the 21st Century, is forthcoming from Teachers College Press, the education division of Columbia University. In it, she argues that girls identify not with characters but with literary form, because they define literature as an aesthetic realm of experience. She has published articles on Little Women, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, contemporary fiction, women's culture, and film, and has presented papers to the Modern Language Association on the pedagogical implications of both online courses and visual culture. With Vice Chancellor Carol Christ, she developed and taught "Classics of Children's Literature" online through University of California at Berkeley Extension in order to evaluate the potential of online humanities courses.

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// Technology Source Articles
  • Adventures in Virtualand: The Challenges of Teaching an Online Children's Literature Course
    // Commentary, March/April 2003