Kenneth Kidd


Kenneth Kidd received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He came to UF in 1998 after teaching for several years at Eastern Michigan University. Professor Kidd works primarily in children’s literature studies but his research interests span nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, psychoanalysis, queer theory, and cultural studies. He is the author of two books: Making American Boys: Boyology and the Feral Tale (University of Minnesota, 2004), and Freud in Oz: At the Intersections of Psychoanalysis and Children's Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 2011). With Sidney I. Dobrin he coedited the anthology Wild Things: Children’s Culture and Ecocriticism (Wayne State University Press, 2004), and with Michelle Ann Abate he coedited Over the Rainbow: Queer Children's and Young Adult Literature (University of Michigan Press, 2011). He has published in a number of children’s literature journals as well as American Imago and PMLA. Since 2004 he has served as Associate Editor of Children’s Literature Association Quarterly. He is current at work on a new book about the children’s literary classic.

Professor Kidd teaches undergraduate courses in children’s and young adult literature, as well as graduate seminars such as “Into the Archive,” “Theory’s Child,” “Childhood Studies,” and “Disney and Its Discontents.” He also serves as Associate Director of UF’s Center for the Study of Children’s Literature & Culture.


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