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Alisa Clapp-Itnyre

Professor of English
Indiana University East
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
264 Whitewater Hall
Phone: (765) 973-8531


  • Ph.D. in English.  May 1996.  University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • M.A. in English.  October 1991.   University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • B.A. in English.  June 1989.  Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.

Current Research Interests

Children’s hymns, children's diaries of nineteenth-century Britain

Selected Publications (Refereed)

Book Publications
  • British Hymn Books for Children, 1800-1900: Re-Tuning the History of Childhood. Ashgate's Studies in Childhood Series: 1700-Present series. Surry, UK:Ashgate Publishers, January 2016. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409454304
  • “Perplext by Faith:” Essays on Victorian Beliefs and Doubts, Co-edited with Julie Melnyk. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2015.
  • Angelic Airs, Subversive Songs: Music as Social Discourse in the Victorian Novel.  Ohio University Press, Nov. 2002.  226pp. with music illustrations.
Professional Website
Victorian Literature
  • “Children’s Hymn Singing in Victorian Culture and Scholarship.” Literature Compass. Vol. 15, Issue 3. 19 February 2018. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/lic3.12442
  • “O, Come, All Ye Children: Christmas Carols in Victorian Children’s Hymnbooks.” The Hymn: A Journal of Congregational Song. Vol. 68. No. 1 (Winter 2017). Pp. 16-23.
  • “Writing for, Yet Apart: Nineteenth-Century Women’s Contentious Status as Hymn Writers and Editors of Hymnbooks for Children.”  Victorian Literature and Culture. Vol. 40.  Issue 1.  (March 2012): Pp. 47-81.
  • “The Contentious ‘Figure’ of Music in the Poetry of Thomas Hardy.”  The Hardy Society Journal.   Vol. 2, No. 2 (Summer 2006): 26-34.
  • “Indecent Musical Displays: Feminizing the Pastoral in Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss.” in The Idea of Music in Victorian Fiction.  Ed. Sophie Fuller and Nicky Losseff.  Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 2004.  129-149.
  • “Marginalized Musical Interludes: Tennyson’s Critique of Conventionality in The Princess.”  Victorian Poetry.   Volume 38.  Number 2 (Summer 2000):  227-248.
  • “Dinah and the Secularization of Methodist Hymnody in Eliot’s Adam Bede.”  Victorians Institute Journal.  Volume 26 (1998):  40-68.
Children’s Literature
  • “Nineteenth-Century British Children’s Hymnody: Re-Tuning the History of Childhood with Chords and Verses.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly. Vol. 35, Issue 2 (Summer 2010): 144-175.
  • “Help! I’m a Feminist but My Daughter is a ‘Princess Fanatic’! Disney’s Transformation of Twenty-First-Century Girls.” Children's Folklore Review. Vol. 32 (2010): 7-22.
  • “Battle on the Gender Homefront: Depictions of the American Civil War in Contemporary Young-Adult Literature.”  Children’s Literature in Education.  On-line and Vol. 38, Number 2 (June 2007): 153-161.
  • “The Power of Women, the Power of Teens: Re-visioning Gender and Age in the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mystery Series.”  in Exploring Culturally Diverse Literature for Children and Adolescents: Learning to Listen in New Ways.”  Ed. Darwin L. Henderson & Jill P. May.  Boston: Pearson and Allyn/Bacon, 2005.  286-299.

Teaching Awards

  • 2011 Winner, Herman Frederic Lieber Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, IU-system
  • 2009 Winner, All-Campus Helen Lees Teaching Award, Indiana University East.
  • 2002 Winner, Horizon Teaching Award, Indiana University East.

Selected Research Awards / Grants

  • 2014 Recipient, Indiana University East Research Grant
  • 2014 Recipient, New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Exploratory Travel Fellowship, IU System-wide
  • 2012 Recipient, Excellence in Research Award, IU East
  • 2010 Recipient, New Frontiers Grant in the Arts and Humanities, IU-system-wide grant
  • 2009 Recipient (1 of 3 nationally), Children’s Literature Association Faculty Research Award.
  • 2006 Recipient, New Frontiers/Arts & Humanities Exploration Traveling Fellowship, IU System
  • 2003 Membership to the Faculty of the Indiana University Graduate School with Full Status

Selected Professional Positions

  • Co-Chair, Conference Planning Committee. Children’s Literature Association 2019 annual conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Midwest Victorian Studies Association, Executive Secretary, 2004-2014.
  • Children’s Literature Association, Carol Gay Undergraduate Writing Award, 2006, 2007;Phoenix Picture Book Award Committee, 2010-present.


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