Laureen Tedesco specializes in Children's Literature and collects out-of-print children's books. She has published three essays on gender roles in early Girl Scout handbooks and is now developing several articles on an underappreciated evangelical author of the nineteenth century, Isabella MacDonald Alden, who published under the pseudonym “Pansy.” In a similar vein, she has written on another nearly forgotten nineteenth century writer for children, Jane Andrews. She teaches ENGL 3300: Women in Literature as a class in the literature of girlhood. She pioneered a class on "Race and Ethnicity in Children's Literature" in 2006 as a special topics course at the undergraduate level and has taught it as an on-line version of ENGL 6515: Advanced Studies in Children’s Literature. She is a member of the Children's Literature Association and chairs its Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Committee, which nominates children's authors and illustrations for an international prize.
B.A. Nicholls State University
M.A. University of Southwestern Louisiana
Ph.D. Texas A&M University
Primary Areas of Research/Teaching
19th & Early 20th Century Girls' Fiction
Gender in Children's Literature
7005: Bibliography and Research Methods
6515: Advanced Studies in Children's Literature
4950: Literature for Children
4540: Special Topics Seminar
4170: Victorian Literature
3300: Women in Literature
3010: British Literary History II
Selected Publications and Presentations
"Progressive Era Girl Scouts and the Immigrant: Scouting for Girls (1920) as a Handbook for American Girlhood." Children's Literature Association Quarterly 31 (2006): 346-68.
"Models of Girlhood." Rev. essay. Nineteenth Century Studies 20 (2006): 183-89.
"The Pedagogy and Problems of Jane Andrews’s The Seven Little Sisters Who Live on the Round Ball that Floats in the Air" (1861)Children's Literature in Education 37.2 (2006): 133-48.
"Sarah Dessen's Cautiously Optimistic Realism: Decades beyond the Teen Problem Novel." North CarolinaLiterary Review 15 (2006): 53-63.
"The Lost Manhood of the American Girl: A Dilemma in Early Twentieth-Century Girl Scouting." Children's Folklore Review 27 (2004-2005): 89-107.
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