Roxanne Harde, PhD

Professor, Augustana - Fine Arts & Humanities
Chair, Augustana - Fine Arts & Humanities


Professor, Augustana - Fine Arts & Humanities
(780) 679-1579
2-156 Forum
4901-46 Ave
Camrose AB
T4V 2R3

Chair, Augustana - Fine Arts & Humanities

By appointment May through August.


Area of Study / Keywords

American Literature & Culture Children's Literature Popular Culture



SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University

PhD, Queen's University

MA, University of Saskatchewan

Major Awards

Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair, Vanderbilt University

Teagle Foundation Grant

SSHRC Insight Development Grants

Augustana Teaching Leadership Award

McCalla University Professorship

Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Project Grant

SSHRC Standard Research Grant

I teach and research American literature and culture. Though my original field of specialization was American literature to 1865, my work on American women writers from the colonial, revolutionary, ante- and post-bellum periods has led me to work on a disparate variety of American texts and cultural moments. My interest in children's and young adult literature has been grounded by my earlier career as a children's librarian. I have worked on and taught Indigenous texts and contexts for nearly twenty years, and now blend those interests in a project on Indigenous children's books. My theoretical approaches combine new historicism and feminist cultural materialism as I uncover how the texts I study work to reform the society that produced them. My current projects include a examination of date/acquaintance rape narratives written for young adults, a study of the strategies of decolonization in contemporary Indigenous texts for children, and an ongoing project on singer-songwriters working in the Americana genre. Alongside my disciplinary research, I also engage in the scholarship of teaching, and have published on my classroom practices.


Forthcoming Publications

  • Consumption and the Literary Cookbook. Scholarly collection edited with Janet Wesselius. Routledge. Under contract. 320 pp. manuscript.
  • “‘I found your words, Grandpa’: Speaking Back to History in Indigenous Picturebooks.” International Research in Children’s Literature. Forthcoming. 25 pp. typescript.
  • “‘You doesn’t know magic. … Plus, you children’: Growing Ecocitizens in Three American Children’s Novels.” The Lion and the Unicorn. Forthcoming. 27 pp. typescript.
  • “‘She wished someone would help them”: Building Empathy for the Mentally Ill in YA Fantasy Fiction.” Kelly Keus and Roxanne Harde. Children’s Literature in Education. 23 pp. typescript.

Recent Publications

  • The Embodied Child: Readings in Children’s Literature and Culture. Ed. Roxanne Harde and Lydia Kokkola. Routledge Series in Children’s Literature and Culture. Routledge, 2017.
  • “‘Seeds blowin’ up the highway in the south wind’: Woody Guthrie’s Angry Sons & Daughters.” BOSS: The Biennial-journal of Springsteen Studies, vol. 3, pp. 7-37.
  • “‘Are you preparing for another war?’: Un/Just War and The Hunger Games Trilogy.” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Culture, vol. 11, no. 1. (2019), pp. 59-83.
  • “‘Like Alice, I was Brave’: The Girl in the Text in Olemaun’s Residential School Narratives.” Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 1.3 (2017): 121-36. (Reprinted in The Girl in the Text. Ed. Ann Smith. Transnational Girlhoods series. Berghahn, 2018.).
  • “‘The discussions with my team’: Team-Based Learning and Young Adult Literature.” Modern Language Association Options for Teaching Young Adult Literature. Eds. Roberta Seelinger Trites, Karen Coats, and Mike Cadden. MLA. Pp. 280-286.
  • “‘No accident, no mistake’: Acquaintance Rape in Recent YA Novels.” Beyond the Blockbusters: Themes and Trends in Contemporary Young Adult Literature. Eds. Rebekah Fitzsimmons and Casey Wilson. University Press of Mississippi. Pp. 171-186. 
  • “‘Consuming themselves endlessly’: Women and Power in Livi Michael’s Short Story Cycle.” Constructing Coherence in the Contemporary British Short Story Cycle, edited by Patrick Gill and Florian Kläger. Routledge Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory Series. Routledge, 2018, pp. 219-231.
  • “It’s my skin that’s paid most dearly”: Katniss Everdeen and/as the Appalachian Body. The Embodied Child: Readings in Children’s Literature and Culture. Routledge, 2017. 57-69.
  • With Samantha Christensen (PI). “‘Little Cooks’: Food, Gender, and Class in Nineteenth-Century Children’s Literature.” The Embodied Child: Readings in Children’s Literature and Culture. Routledge, 2017. 213-226.


Senior Courses

AUENG441: “Reform Writing for Children.”

AUENG292/392: “Feminist Critical Theory and Women’s Writing.”

AUENG271/371: “American Literature since 1865.”

AUENG270/370: “American Literature to 1865.”

AUENG268/368: “Women’s Environmental Literature.”

AUENG207/307: “Aboriginal/Indigenous Literature.”

AUENG206/706: “Native Children’s Literature.”

AUENG205/305: “Children’s Literature.”

AUENG202/302: “Feminist Theologies and Women’s Writing.”

Recent Directed Readings

Sarah Preston: Feminism and Religious Doctrine in Women’s Writing

Crystal Labrecque: Slut Shaming in Young Adult Fiction (Winner, Augustana Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award)

Kelly Keus: Portrayals of PTSD in Adolescent Fantasy Fiction (Winner, Augustana Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award)

Kate Gael: “They were just women”: Semiotic Collapse in Paradise

Stephanie Gruhlke: Finding Liberation within Religion: The Role of Kinship and Love in the Lives of Faithful Women

Hope Menary-Dianocky: Home as the Seat of Identity and Belonging in Louise Erdrich’s Birchbark House Series

Jessica Stambaugh: Gaining Control: Self Harm to Combat Social Harm in YA Fiction

Kristie McLaughlin: War, Women, and the Hunger Games Trilogy

Graduate Supervision

I regularly supervise or serve on the examining committees of graduate students at the University of Alberta and other institutions.


AUENG 205 - Children's Literature

Offers a critical study of literature written for or appropriated by children. The course considers the historical development of children's literature and examines prevailing and changing attitudes toward children. It addresses major themes and issues in children's literature, and studies significant texts representative of important genres and trends in the field. Critical analysis of the literature will be stressed. Prerequisites: AUENG 102.

Winter Term 2023

AUENG 206 - Native Children's Literature

Students in this course will study a diverse body of literature for children and young adults written by North American First Nations authors. The work of leading Native theorists will be included so that analysis of these picture books and novels for young people will be informed by and rooted in Indigenous ways of understanding the world. In crafting a method of reading that is grounded in the traditions and concerns of North American First Nations people, students will attend to the ways in which these texts present the oral tradition, locate themselves in specific tribal territories and cultural practices, connect their narratives to the environment, and re-present Indigenous histories. Prerequisites: *3 in English at the 100-level.

Fall Term 2022

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