Associate ProfessorEmail: karen.chandler @ louisville.edu
Office Hours: Spring Term: MWF 11:00-12:00 and by appointment
Karen Chandler received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and has published on American and African American fiction, autobiography, film, and poetry. One of her interests is folktales, songs, and other vernacular expression. In the last few years, she has been exploring children’s, young adult, and crossover narratives and poems about African American history.
M.A., Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania
Children's and YA literature
African American readers, genre, folklore, treatments of history
Member, Children's Literature Association
"Playing to Girls: Folktales about Selfhood and Community in Virginia Hamilton’s Her Stories and Patricia McKissack’s Porch Lies." The Looking Glass 17 (March/April 2014) Web. 18 Jan. 2015.
“Creative Defiance in Juan Francisco Manzano’s The Autobiography of a Slave and Margarita Engle’s The Poet Slave of Cuba.” Sankofa: A Journal of African Children’s and Young Adult Literature 10 (2011): 46-54. Print.
“Partial Measures.” Saraba 8 (2011): 9-14. Web.
“Preserving ‘that Racial Memory’: Figurative Language, Sonnet Sequence, and the Work of
Remembrance in Marilyn Nelson’s A Wreath for Emmett Till.” The Southern Quarterly: The Legacy of Emmett Till (special issue) 45 (Summer 2008): 101-117.
“Paths to Freedom: Literacy and Folk Ways in Recent Children’s Narratives about Slavery.” CLAQ (Children’s Literature Association Quarterly) 31 (Spring 2006): 3-26.
“‘Wonderful Dealings’: Making African-American Selfhood Speak through Colonial Literary Conventions in John Marrant’s Conversion and Captivity Narrative.” MAWA Review 16 (June/Dec 2001): 20-39.
“Charles Chesnutt’s Cultural Exchange: Race and the Reading of Melodrama in ‘Her Virginia Mammy.’” South Central Review 17 (Summer 2000): 6-23.
“Folk Culture and Masculine Identity in Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger.” African American Review 33 (1999): 299-311.
“Funeral Imagery in Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Obsidian III 1
“Nella Larsen’s Fatal Polarities: Melodrama and Its Limits in Quicksand.” CLA Journal 42
"Agency and Social Constraint: Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady." The Henry James
Review 18 (Spring 1997): 191-193.
“Agency and Stella Dallas: Audience, Melodramatic Directives, and Social Determinism in
1920s America." Arizona Quarterly 51 (Winter 1995): 27-44.
Paths to Freedom: Literacy and Folk Traditions in Recent Narratives about Slavery and Emancipation
Children's Literature Association Quarterly (CLAQ) 31 (2006):3-26
"Kin Flicks" in I TO I: Life Writing by Kentucky Feminists, ed. Elizabeth Oakes and Jane Olmsted
"Making Noise" in THESE HANDS I KNOW: AFRICAN-AMERICAN WRITERS ON FAMILY, ed. Afaa Michael Weaver
"'Wonderful Dealings': Making African-American Selfhood Speak Through Colonial Literary Conventions in John Marrant's Conversion and Indian Captivity Narrative" in MAWA REVIEW