Courtney Weikle-Mills


CL 517-C


Courtney Weikle-Mills teaches children's literature from a variety of periods, including children's literature written in eighteenth-century Britain and early America (her areas of specialization). Her first book, Imaginary Citizens: Child Readers and the Limits of American Independence, 1640-1868 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2013), won the Children's Literature Association's Honor Book Award for an outstanding book published in 2013. In it, she investigates how early Americans addressed the complications that children posed to the civic ideals of independence, reason, and consent by representing children as "imaginary citizens." Her most recent essay, on children's poetry written by the first published black poet in the Americas, Jupiter Hammon, appears in Who Writes for Black Children?: African American Children's Literature Before 1900 (Eds. Anna Mae Duane and Kate Capshaw Smith, University of Minnesota Press). Her work can also be found in The Oxford Handbook of Children's Literature, Early American Literature, and American Periodicals.

She is currently working on a new book tentatively titled Little Hands and Mouths: Children’s Literature, Commerce, and Relationality in the Early Atlantic World, which traces the children's literature's relationship to Atlantic trade, the circulation of British and American children's literature in the early Caribbean, and the early development of Caribbean children's culture.