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Department of English Studies

Current and Recent Research Students

Allison Weeter


Having received my BA from MidAmerica Nazarene University in English Education, an MA from the University of Tulsa in English literature, and an MA from Durham University in English studies, I am now a second year PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Simon James. My research examines the distinctive features and strategies of nineteenth-century children’s literature, using narratological tools, in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of both nineteenth century literature and narratology by incorporating children’s literature into existing literary discourse. I am investigating plot events and the combinations thereof in the text, working under the assumption that form in children’s literature is deliberately emphasized by implicit and explicit intertextuality and that these events and combinations facilitate comprehension of the text by being recognized by the readers. I am also analyzing the role of time in children’s literature, for time can be a different entity for a child than for an adult, and this will influence the structure of the plot. Aside from my research interests, I particularly enjoy Victorian literature in general, Native American literature, film, and psychology. In addition, I am Deputy Editor of The Ustinovian, Ustinov College’s newsletter.