Tina L. Hanlon, Ph. D.

Ferrum College, Virginia, USA


Crosscurrents of Childrens Literature: An Anthology of Texts and Criticism. Co-editor, with J. D. Stahl and Elizabeth Lennox Keyser. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

AppLit: Resources for Readers and Teachers of Appalachian Literature for Children and Young Adults, co-director of web site, 2000-2006; director of web site 2006-present. Sections written by Tina Hanlon include annotated bibliographies and study guides as well as the following essays:

Invited Chapters

“Lotteries and Scapegoats: Literary Antecedents and Influences on The Hunger Games.” Critical Insights: The Hunger Games Trilogy. Ed. Lana A. Whited. Grey House/Salem Press, 2016.

“‘Way back yonder’ But Not So Far Away: Teaching Appalachian Folktales.” Appalachia in the Classroom. Ed. Theresa Burriss and Patricia Gantt. Ohio University Press Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia Series, 2013. 109-28.Bread, Blood, and Hunger Games cover

“Coal Dust and Ballads: Appalachia and District 12.” Of Bread, Blood, and The Hunger Games: Critical Essays on the Suzanne Collins Trilogy. Ed. Mary Pharr and Leisa A. Clark. McFarland Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy series, 2012.

“‘Read my tales, spin my rhymes: The Books for Children. James Still, Appalachian Writer: Critical Essays on the Dean of Appalachian Literature. Ed. Ted Olson and Kathy H. Olson. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007. pp. 174-89.

“The Descendants of Robinson Crusoe in North American Children’s Literature.” The Presence of the Past in Children's Literature. Ed. Ann Lawson Lucas. Contributions to the Study of World Literature, No. 120. London: Praeger, 2003. pp. 61-69. Proceedings of the 1997 Congress of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature.

“The Art and the Dragon: Intertextuality in the Pictorial Narratives of Dragon Feathers.” Tales, Tellers and Texts. Ed. Gabrielle Cliff Hodges, Mary Jane Drummond, and Morag Styles. London: Cassell, 2000. pp. 79-94.

Forthcoming: “Lotteries and Scapegoats: Literary Antecedents and Influences.” Critical Insights: The Hunger Games. Ed. Lana A. Whited. Grey House, 2016.

Forthcoming: Survey of folk and fairy tales in children’s literature. The Blackwell Companion to Children’s Literature. Ed. Karen Coats and Deborah Stevenson. Blackwell Publishing.So Quarterly cover 2917

peer-reviewed journals

“Struggles for Life, Liberty, and Land: Mining Communities in Appalachian Children’s Books.” Southern Quarterly: A Journal of Arts and Letters in the South 54 (Spring/Summer 2017), pp. 94-113. Special issue on The Child in the South, edited by Mark I. West.

Its Not All About Jack: Old and New Tales from Anne Shelby. Review essay on Shelbys The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales. Appalachian Journal, vol. 35, Summer 2008, pp. 366-70.

“The Taming of the Dragon in Twentieth-Century Picture Books.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, vol. 14, Spring 2003, pp. 7-26.

Strong Women in Appalachian Folktales.” The Lion and the Unicorn, special issue on folklore in children’s literature, vol. 24, April 2000, pp. 225-46; previously presented at 1994 Virginia Humanities Conference, Christopher Newport U., and published in conference Proceedings. Available online through library services such as Project Muse.

“‘To Sleep, Perchance to Dream’: Sleeping Beauties and Wide Awake Plain Janes in the Stories of Jane Yolen.” Children’s Literature, vol. 26, 1998, Yale Univ. Press, pp. 140-67; previously presented at 1995 South Atlantic Modern Lang. Association Convention, Atlanta.
Available online through library services such as Project Muse.

other articles

Wedding Belles Rings in 30th Anniversary Season of Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre with Heartwarming Hilarity.” The Franklin News-Post [Rocky Mount, VA] 15 May 2009, p. 3-A.

Capturing Characters on Stage for the College and Community: An Interview with Playwright Rex Stephenson. Photos by Jeff Dalton. Virginia Libraries, vol. 54, nos. 3 & 4 (2008), pp. 7-12. Available as pdf at journal web site. Reprinted at ilovelibraries.org, American Library Association, July 2009.

Chinese Students Learn Jack Tales. AppLit 24 June 2006. In The Franklin News-Post [Rocky Mount, VA] 19 June 2006, with headline China Students Learn about Jack Tales.

“Building Hope and Healing Through Appalachian Literature: Celebrating Cultural Diversity with our Children,” with co-author Susan Virginia Mead. ALCA-Lines: Journal of the Assembly on the Literature and Culture of Appalachia, vol. XI (2004), pp. 21-22.

Review of Mountain Talk: Language and Life in Southern Appalachia (2003 film and CD). ALCA-Lines: Journal of the Assembly on the Literature and Culture of Appalachia, vol. XI (2004), pp. 24-25.

“Old and New Stories from Appalachia.” The Five Owls, No. 3, 2003, issue on The New South. Also contributed passage on Ruth White’s Belle Prater’s Boy for lead article Growing Up in the New South as Reflected in Children's Literature. Reprinted online at http://www2.ferrum.edu/applit/articles/OldNew.htm.

“Dragons Forever, Dragons For Everyone.” Cover article and annotated bibliography. The Five Owls, Summer 2001.

“AppLit: A New Appalachian Web Site.” Stitches. Newsletter of the Appalachian Teachers Network. Summer 2001.

“Ferrum Performers Keep Jack Tales Alive,” with co-author Lana Whited. ALCA-Lines: Journal of the Assembly on the Literature and Culture of Appalachia, vol. V, No. 1, 1997, pp. 20–23. Reprinted online at www2.ferrum.edu/AppLit/Articles/JTArticle.htm.

“Never Too Old for Picture Books,” with co-author Judy Teaford. Virginia English Bulletin, vol. 26, No. 2, Fall 1996, pp. 7-20.

Review, Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre production of Li’l Abner. Franklin News-Post [Rocky Mount, VA], June 1996.

reference books

“Davenport, Tom (1939–).” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales. Ed. Donald Haase. Vol. 1. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2008. pp. 253-55.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. Ed. Jack Zipes. Oxford U Press, 2006. Entries on Jack Tales; authors Richard Chase, George Ella Lyon, Thomas Hardy, and Ruth Stiles Gannett; storytellers Gayle Ross and Jackie Torrence; and illustrators Peter Catalanotto and Richard Egielski.

Chase, Richard Thomas.” Dictionary of Virginia Biography, vol. 3. Richmond: Library of Virginia, 2006. pp. 184-86.

Cambridge Guide to Children’s Literature. Cambridge U Press, 2001. Wrote entries on Robinson Crusoe, Robinsonnade, author Jane Yolen, novel The Cay by Theodore Taylor, T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Ecology in children’s books, public television program Reading Rainbow, illustrators Ruth Sanderson and Richard Egielski.

Essay on The Girl Who Cried Flowers and Other Tales by Jane Yolen. Masterplots II: Juvenile and Young Adult Literature. Supplement. Salem Press, 1997, pp. 500-503.

Essay on Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Cyclopedia of World Authors, revised edition. Salem Press, 1997, pp. 856-57.

Annotated bibliographies on The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot and Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Masterplots, revised edition. Salem Press, 1996.

Three essays on Thomas Hardy’s “In Tenebris” and T. S. Eliot’s “Preludes” and “Rhapsody on a Windy Night.” Masterplots II: Poetry. Salem Press, 1992.

Annotated bibliography on William Morris. Critical Survey of Poetry, revised edition. Salem Press, 1992.

other publications

“Interview with Rex Stephenson on The Jack Tale Players.” Guest blog. Home to Author-Illustrator-Teacher-Speaker Elizabeth O. Dulemba. 7 Jan. 2016.

Dragons in Children's Literature, 2001-13. Web site includes annotated bibliographies, 2002 essay “It was Against the Rule: Secret Dragons at School,” and book reviews by children.Grandmother Tales cover

Background on the Tales and Questions for Discussion. In Grandmother Tales: Mutsmag and Ashpet, Traditional Tales from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Script by R. Rex Stephenson. Charlottesville, VA: New Plays for Children, 2004. pp. 28-32.
Reprint Woodstock, IL: Dramatic Publishing, 2012.

Introduction and Study Guide to Kipling’s The Jungle Book, dramatic adaptation by R. Rex Stephenson. Charlottesville, VA: New Plays for Children, 1998. Reprint Leicester Bay Theatricals [2013].

“A Study of Work in Children’s Literature.” Essay with annotated bibliography (also compiled by F. Angel, M. Moody and J. Teaford), published by ERIC, 1997 (ERIC no. ED408495).

For Other Online Projects and Publications, see Tina Hanlon's Web Page.

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