Joella Travis

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I'm a senior at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where I'm majoring in English Literature and minoring in Visual Communication. Though I love most literature -- particularly that of 18th century Victorian literature -- my primary focus is Children's Literature, and this is where I plan to launch a career in the near future. After I graduate in Spring 2015, I plan to go on to get my Master's in Library and Information Science in order to some day be a Children's Librarian. My recent research projects include an examination of the parent, spouse and brother roles in Frances Burney's Evelina, the role of the narrator in several of Jane Austen's novels, and how dichotomies play roles in two of Maurice Sendak's picture books: Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. When I'm not readings novels for class, I'm most likely to be found at either of the two libraries on campus, where I work as a circulation assistant. As part of the HASTAC scholars program, I would like to research how evil (and other adult scary things) is portrayed in Children's Literature, and how the adults writing these stories deal with these inner demons and how the author's inner demons become the inner demons of the children in the story.

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