Associate Professor of English
School of Arts and Humanities
Office phone: (540) 365-4327
Personal web page: http://www2.ferrum.edu/thanlon
Office: Britt Hall 205
Teaching at Ferrum since 1992
B.A., Gettysburg College
M.A., The Ohio State University
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
English 101-102: Composition and Rhetoric
English 101/207 in Appalachian Cluster
English 203-204: British Literature I and II
English 205-206: American Literature I and II
English 210: World Folktales and Literature
English 301: Literature for Children & Adolescents
English 336: Linguistics
English 350: Appalachian Literature
English 362: British Literature 1798-1890
English 461: Professional Writing
Science 141: Humans within Ecosystems, an Integration of Science and Humanities (with
Dr. Carolyn Thomas)
Science 143: Our Home/Our Habitat (with Dr. Carolyn Thomas)
Co-editor of Crosscurrents of Children's Literature: An Anthology of Texts and Criticism, with J. D. Stahl and Elizabeth Lennox Keyser. New York: Oxford University Press,
Director of web site AppLit: Resources for Readers and Teachers of Appalachian Literature for Children
and Young Adults, http://www2.ferrum.edu/AppLit, 2000-present.
"'Way back yonder' But Not So Far Away: Teaching Appalachian Folktales." Appalachia
in the Classroom. Ed. Theresa Burriss and Patricia Gantt. Ohio University Press Ethnicity
and Gender in Appalachia Series. 2013. 109-28.
"It's Not All About Jack: Old and New Tales from Anne Shelby." Review essay on The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales. Appalachian Journal 35 (Summer 2008): 366-70.
"Capturing Characters on Stage for the College and Community: An Interview with Playwright
Rex Stephenson." Photos by Jeff Dalton. Virginia Libraries 54, nos. 3 & 4 (2008): 7-12.
"'Read my tales, spin my rhymes': The Books for Children." In James Still, Appalachian Writer: Critical Essays on the Dean of Appalachian Literature. Ed. Ted Olson and Kathy H. Olson. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007. 174-89.
"The Descendants of Robinson Crusoe in North American Children’s Literature." In The Presence of the Past in Children's Literature. Ed. Ann Lawson Lucas. Contributions to the Study of World Literature, No. 120. London:
Praeger, 2003. 61-69.
"The Taming of the Dragon in Twentieth-Century Picture Books." Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 14 (Spring 2003): 7-26.
"The Art and the Dragon: Intertextuality in the Pictorial Narratives of Dragon Feathers." In Tales, Tellers and Texts. Ed. Gabrielle Cliff Hodges, Mary Jane Drummond, and Morag Styles. London: Cassell,
"Strong Women in Appalachian Folktales." The Lion and the Unicorn 24 (April 2000, special issue on folklore in children’s literature): 225-46.
"'To Sleep, Perchance to Dream': Sleeping Beauties and Wide Awake Plain Janes in the
Stories of Jane Yolen." Children’s Literature 26 (1998): 140-67.
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