Gabrielle Owen

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Lecturer (402) 472-1829 214 Andrews Hall

Teaching Statement

As a teacher of literary and cultural studies, my primary aim is to engage students as thinkers and scholars. The questions that come to the surface in the teaching of culture and text are in abundance, questions about interpretation, questions about the limits of language and representation, and questions about the relationship between language and reality. Rather than resolve or ignore these uncertainties, I aim to bring them to the surface, providing students with the space to engage intellectually with the problems of language. In a sense, every class I teach launches an inquiry into how meaning is made, how language and context construct meaning, and how shared meanings circulate in texts over time. While we cannot resolve the uncertainties of language, we can attend to the stakes and consequences of using language in ways that make us better writers, readers, and thinkers both inside and outside the university.

Selected Publications

Keywords entry “Adolescence.” Transgender Studies Quarterly 1: 1/2 (2014): 22-4.

“Queer Theory Wrestles the ‘Real’ Child: Impossibility, Identity, and Language in Jacqueline Rose’s The Case of Peter Pan.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 35.3 (2010): 255-73.

Review of The Mind of the Child: Child Development in Literature, Science, and Medicine, 1840-1900 by Sally Shuttleworth. Lion and the Unicorn 35.3 (2011): 327-30.

Review of Juvenile Literature and British Society, 1850-1950: The Age of Adolescence by Charles Ferrall and Anna Jackson. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 36.3 (2011): 341-51.

Review of The Queer Child: or, Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century by Kathryn Bond Stockton. Lion and the Unicorn 35.1 (2011): 101-6.

Review of Over the Rainbow: Queer Children’s and Young Adult Literature edited by Michelle Abate and Kenneth Kidd. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 37.2 (2012): 229-31.

Recent Conference Presentations

“Failing Utopias: Queer Lives in David Levithan’s Boy Meets Boy.” Children’s Literature Association Annual Conference, Columbia, SC, proposal accepted for 2014.

“Baby X: Queer Futures and the Symbolic Child.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. New York, NY, New York University, proposal accepted for 2014.

“Gender as Play, Gender as Risk: The Transgender Child in Three Picture Books.” Children’s Literature Association Annual Conference, Biloxi, MI, 2013.

“The Transgender Child and the Question of Queer Science.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. Toronto, ON, University of Toronto, 2013.

“Queer Politics and the Logic of Adolescence.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting. Providence, RI, Brown University, 2012.

University of Missouri-Kansas City, BA
New Mexico State University, MA
University of Pittsburgh, PhD
Areas of Specialty
  • Children’s Literature and Culture
  • Histories of Childhood and Adolescence
  • Gender Studies / Queer Theory
  • Transgender Studies
  • Science and Medicine