Roxanne Harde, PhD

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

Pronouns: she, her, hers


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 & YA Literature Popular Culture Rape Culture Feminist Theory



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 Legacy Book in America, 1664-1792. Edited by Roxanne Harde and Lindsay Yakimyshyn, Zea Books / U of Nebraska Digital Commons, 2021.
  • Consumption and the Literary Cookbook. Edited by Roxanne Harde and Janet Wesselius, Routledge, 2021. and the Literary Cookbook. Edited by Roxanne Harde and Janet Wesselius, Routledge, 2021. Winner of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Edited Book Award 2021.


  • “‘Hangin’ in the Tremé’: New Orleans, Music, and Resilience in Treme.” South Atlantic Review, vol. 87, no. 1, Spring 2022, pp. 39-58.
  • “‘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, vol. 53, no. 1, 2022, pp. 130-46.
  • “‘He called their namesakes, the animals, from each direction’: Kinship and Animals in Indigenous Children’s Literature.” Children’s Literature Quarterly, vol. 46, no. 3, 2021, pp. 230-243.
  • “‘The flavors mix together slowly’: Cooking Connections in Picture-Cookbooks.” Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature, vol. 59, no. 1, 2021, pp. 28-40.
  • “Talking Back to History in Indigenous Picturebooks.” International Research in Children’s Literature, vol. 13, no. 2, 2020, pp. 274-288.
  • “‘You doesn’t know magic. … Plus, you children’: Growing Ecocitizens in Three American Children’s Novels.” The Lion and the Unicorn, vol. 43, no. 3, 2020, pp. 327-344.
  • “‘Looking for whatever bowl of soup … might restore us’: Consumption and Nostalgia in Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans,” in Consumption and the Literary Cookbook, Edited by Roxanne Harde and Janet Wesselius, Routledge, 2021, pp. 216-227.
  • “‘What an enormous act this is’: Children & Sexuality in Stephen King’s IT, in Children and Childhood in the Works of Stephen King, Edited by Debbie Olson, Lexington, 2020, pp. 245-258.


Senior Courses

AUENG 205: “Children’s Literature.”

AUENG 298: America's Poets

AUENG 270: “America, Exceptionalism and Empire.”

AUENG 271: “America, Law, Literature, and Justice.”

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

AUENG 306: “Indigenous Children’s Literature and Theory.”

AUENG 368: “Women’s Environmental Literature.”

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

AUENG 441: “Reform Writing for Children.”

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.

AUENG 271 - American Law, Literature and Justice

Representative works of American literature since the American Civil War (1861-1865). The course will focus on themes of law and justice in works by canonical and lesser known American writers. Prerequisites: AUENG 102. Note: Not to be taken by students with credit in AUENG 371 (2021).

AUENG 368 - Ecofeminist Theory & Women's Writing

Study of women's writing about nature and environment focusing on various themes relevant to environmental literature, primarily the various ways that the natural world is represented in literature, and the relationship between cultural constructions of nature and cultural constructions of gender, class, race, and sexuality. Works include fiction, poetry, and/or nonfiction. An introduction to several ecofeminist theorists provides a critical framework for exploring images and themes in women's environmental literature. Prerequisites: AUENG 102. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUENG 268 (2021), 368, AUENV 268 (2021), 368.

AUIDS 301 - Community Partnership Project

The Community Partnership Project is a project-based course in the Augustana Core. With the support of a faculty advisor, students will work in small multidisciplinary groups on a specific issue raised by a community partner. This course introduces students to the skills and knowledge they need to work professionally with community partners, while reinforcing their ability to work collaboratively on a project. Prerequisite: AUIDS 201.

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