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Alison Halsall

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Department of Humanities

Assistant Professor

Office: Vanier College, 234
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 33944
Email: ahalsall@yorku.ca

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Alison Halsall's teaching and scholarly strengths are interdisciplinary and trans-generic, and she has won several teaching awards, including the 2017 Department of Humanities Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2010 Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence. She specializes in Victorian and modernist literatures, with a particular emphasis on Visual Cultures, which includes the study of paintings and illustrations, contemporary film, comics and graphic novels. She is currently working on a monograph about world crisis comics for young people. She is also co-editing the first LGBTQ Comics Criticism Reader (under contract with UP Mississippi).

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Degrees

Ph.D, York University
Master's of English, Carleton University
Bachelor of Arts (Highest Honours), Carleton University

Research Interests

English , Children and Youth, Victorian, Visual Cultures, Adaptation and Transmedia Studies, Comics and Graphic Narratives

Current Research Projects

World Crisis Comics for Young People

    Summary:

    My monograph focuses on “crisis comics,” and explores world graphic narratives that present, for young readers, various types of predicaments, catastrophes, and emergencies—both to entertain and to inspire ethical responsiveness. The crises that these sequential texts depict are national and international, ideological, geographical, sexual and personal, and oftentimes bridge many of these categories.

    Description:

    The crisis comics that I have selected for this study remind readers that young people are political, and that they are capable of agency and power—even and especially in relation to adversity. These texts are designed to help readers understand themselves as they react to, and sometimes resist, worldly pressures.

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    Role: Primary Investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: Jan   Year: 2018

    End Date:
      Month: Sep   Year: 2021

LGBTQ Comics Studies Reader

    Summary:

    The first of its kind, The LGBTQ Comics Studies Reader will honour LGBTQ work that emerged from and was influenced by comics’ post-WWII convulsions and transformations, the emergence and flourishing of the underground and alternative comix movement, the expansion of voices and cultures represented within mainstream comics, and the history of LGBTQ liberation to become what nonetheless remains an underrepresented sub-category in comics scholarship: LGBTQ comics, their critical implications, their provocative current iterations, and their future directions.

    Description:

    The aim of this LGBTQ Comics Studies Reader is to provide a platform for sustained, theoretically rigorous thinking about the various social, economic, historical, cultural, ethical, affective, and pedagogical issues at work in LGBTQ comics and cartoons, from around the world.

    See more
    Role: Co-editor

    Start Date:
      Month: Aug   Year: 2018

    End Date:
      Month: Sep   Year: 2020

Those 'dreadful' Victorians: Penny Dreadful as Neo-Victorian Speculative Fiction

    See more
’What is the use of a book… without pictures or conversations?’: Incorporating the Graphic Novel into the University Curriculum.

    See more
“Sartorial Modernism: Anthropologie’s “HD in Paris” and “Vanessa Virginia” as Popular Clothing Brands.”

    See more
Special Issue of International Research in Children's Literature (IRCL) on "Possible & Impossible Children: Children's Literature and Childhood Studies."

    Summary:

    This is a special issue that collects some key papers from the 2017 IRSCL Conference, held at York University, Toronto, Canada.

    Description:

    The selected papers reflect several theoretical changes that have occurred or are in the process of occurring in the interstices of childhood studies and children's literature, and that also represent dynamic approaches to the overall congress theme.

    See more
    Role: Co-editor

Books

Publication
Year

White Rose and the Red by Delia Alton (H.D.) Ed. Alison Halsall. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2009.

2009

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Harry Potter and the Development of Narrative and Media Literacies.” Inside the World of Harry Potter. Ed. Christopher Bell. Publisher, McFarland & Company, Inc. [Forthcoming 2018]

2018

“The Politics of Identity in Collins’s The Hunger Games and Roth’s Divergent.” Handmaids, Tributes, & Carers: Dystopian Females’ Roles and Goals. Ed. Myrna Santos. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018. 52-71.

2018

“’What is the use of a book… without pictures or conversations?’: Incorporating the Graphic Novel into the University Curriculum.” Teaching Graphic Novels in the English Classroom: Pedagogical Possibilities of Multimodal Literacy Engagement. Ed. Alissa Burger. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 87-101.

2017

“Bigger Longer & Uncut: South Park and the Carnivalesque.” Taking South Park Seriously. Ed. Jeffrey Weinstock. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2008. 23-37.

2008

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“Playing with Space in Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games Trilogy and Koushun Takami’s Battle Royale: Remastered.” The Journal of Popular Culture [Forthcoming 2019].

2019

“Let It Grow! The Frozen Franchise and Transmedia Adaptation.” The South Atlantic Review. [Forthcoming Spring 2019]

2019

“Playing with Space in Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games Trilogy and Koushun Takami’s Battle Royale: Remastered.” The Journal of Popular Culture [Forthcoming 2019].

2019

“Let It Grow! The Frozen Franchise and Transmedia Adaptation.” The South Atlantic Review. [Forthcoming 2019].

2019

“Nobody’s Home: Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and Its Visual Adaptations.” Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society 1.3 (Fall 2017): 334-353.

2018

Special Issue of International Research in Children’s Literature (IRCL) on “Possible & Impossible Children: Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies.” 11.2 (December 2018): v-x. [Co-wrote introductory essay, “Editorial: ‘Possible’ and ‘Impossible’ Children” (50%), with Cheryl Cowdy.]

2018

“Those ‘dreadful’ Victorians – Penny Dreadful as Neo-Victorian Speculative Fiction.” The Confidential Clerk 2 (2016): 95-114.

2016

“’A Parade of Curiosities’: Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Lost Girls as Neo-Victorian Pastiches.” The Journal of Popular Culture 48.2 (2015): 253-269.

2015

“H. D. and the Victorian Spectres of White Rose and the Red.” College Literature 38.4 (Fall 2011): 115-133.

2011

“Rendering Women: H.D.’s Revision of the Pre-Raphaelite ‘cult of youthful beauty.’” Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies 7 (2004): 43-59.

2004

“Take my blood, not my money!: Vampires, Capital, and Class.” New Comparison 35-36 (Spring/Autumn 2003): 145-62.

2003

“Pathos and Wizardry: Narrative Rhetoric in Harry Potter.” Canadian Journal of Rhetorical Studies 13 (September 2002): 39-50.

2002

“Manipulating the Dystopia: Margaret Atwood’s Deliberative and Epideictic Rhetoric in The Handmaid’s Tale.” Canadian Journal of Rhetorical Studies 10 (September 1999): 81-96.

1999

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

“Visualizing the Gothic in Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and Its Illustrated Adaptations.” Literary Studies & Cultural Studies. To be published by De Gruyter in Fall 2018. [Eds. Lisa DeTora and Angelo Piepoli.]

2019

“Visualizing the Gothic in Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and Its Illustrated Adaptations.” ICLA Proceedings. Literary Studies & Cultural Studies. To be published by De Gruyter in Spring/Summer 2018. [Eds. Lisa DeTora and Angelo Piepoli.]

2018


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/HUMA4142 6.0 A Contemporary Children's Culture SEMR
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/CCY1999 6.0 A Intro to Childhood & Youth Studies LECT
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/CCY1999 6.0 A Intro to Childhood & Youth Studies TUTR



Alison Halsall's teaching and scholarly strengths are interdisciplinary and trans-generic, and she has won several teaching awards, including the 2017 Department of Humanities Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2010 Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence. She specializes in Victorian and modernist literatures, with a particular emphasis on Visual Cultures, which includes the study of paintings and illustrations, contemporary film, comics and graphic novels. She is currently working on a monograph about world crisis comics for young people. She is also co-editing the first LGBTQ Comics Criticism Reader (under contract with UP Mississippi).

Degrees

Ph.D, York University
Master's of English, Carleton University
Bachelor of Arts (Highest Honours), Carleton University

Research Interests

English , Children and Youth, Victorian, Visual Cultures, Adaptation and Transmedia Studies, Comics and Graphic Narratives

Current Research Projects

World Crisis Comics for Young People

    Summary:

    My monograph focuses on “crisis comics,” and explores world graphic narratives that present, for young readers, various types of predicaments, catastrophes, and emergencies—both to entertain and to inspire ethical responsiveness. The crises that these sequential texts depict are national and international, ideological, geographical, sexual and personal, and oftentimes bridge many of these categories.

    Description:

    The crisis comics that I have selected for this study remind readers that young people are political, and that they are capable of agency and power—even and especially in relation to adversity. These texts are designed to help readers understand themselves as they react to, and sometimes resist, worldly pressures.

    Project Type: Self-Funded
    Role: Primary Investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: Jan   Year: 2018

    End Date:
      Month: Sep   Year: 2021

LGBTQ Comics Studies Reader

    Summary:

    The first of its kind, The LGBTQ Comics Studies Reader will honour LGBTQ work that emerged from and was influenced by comics’ post-WWII convulsions and transformations, the emergence and flourishing of the underground and alternative comix movement, the expansion of voices and cultures represented within mainstream comics, and the history of LGBTQ liberation to become what nonetheless remains an underrepresented sub-category in comics scholarship: LGBTQ comics, their critical implications, their provocative current iterations, and their future directions.

    Description:

    The aim of this LGBTQ Comics Studies Reader is to provide a platform for sustained, theoretically rigorous thinking about the various social, economic, historical, cultural, ethical, affective, and pedagogical issues at work in LGBTQ comics and cartoons, from around the world.

    Project Type: Self-Funded
    Role: Co-editor

    Start Date:
      Month: Aug   Year: 2018

    End Date:
      Month: Sep   Year: 2020

Those 'dreadful' Victorians: Penny Dreadful as Neo-Victorian Speculative Fiction

’What is the use of a book… without pictures or conversations?’: Incorporating the Graphic Novel into the University Curriculum.

“Sartorial Modernism: Anthropologie’s “HD in Paris” and “Vanessa Virginia” as Popular Clothing Brands.”

Special Issue of International Research in Children's Literature (IRCL) on "Possible & Impossible Children: Children's Literature and Childhood Studies."

    Summary:

    This is a special issue that collects some key papers from the 2017 IRSCL Conference, held at York University, Toronto, Canada.

    Description:

    The selected papers reflect several theoretical changes that have occurred or are in the process of occurring in the interstices of childhood studies and children's literature, and that also represent dynamic approaches to the overall congress theme.

    Project Type: Self-Funded
    Role: Co-editor

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

“Harry Potter and the Development of Narrative and Media Literacies.” Inside the World of Harry Potter. Ed. Christopher Bell. Publisher, McFarland & Company, Inc. [Forthcoming 2018]

2018

“The Politics of Identity in Collins’s The Hunger Games and Roth’s Divergent.” Handmaids, Tributes, & Carers: Dystopian Females’ Roles and Goals. Ed. Myrna Santos. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018. 52-71.

2018

“’What is the use of a book… without pictures or conversations?’: Incorporating the Graphic Novel into the University Curriculum.” Teaching Graphic Novels in the English Classroom: Pedagogical Possibilities of Multimodal Literacy Engagement. Ed. Alissa Burger. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 87-101.

2017

“Bigger Longer & Uncut: South Park and the Carnivalesque.” Taking South Park Seriously. Ed. Jeffrey Weinstock. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2008. 23-37.

2008

Books

Publication
Year

White Rose and the Red by Delia Alton (H.D.) Ed. Alison Halsall. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2009.

2009

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“Playing with Space in Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games Trilogy and Koushun Takami’s Battle Royale: Remastered.” The Journal of Popular Culture [Forthcoming 2019].

2019

“Let It Grow! The Frozen Franchise and Transmedia Adaptation.” The South Atlantic Review. [Forthcoming Spring 2019]

2019

“Playing with Space in Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games Trilogy and Koushun Takami’s Battle Royale: Remastered.” The Journal of Popular Culture [Forthcoming 2019].

2019

“Let It Grow! The Frozen Franchise and Transmedia Adaptation.” The South Atlantic Review. [Forthcoming 2019].

2019

“Nobody’s Home: Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and Its Visual Adaptations.” Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society 1.3 (Fall 2017): 334-353.

2018

Special Issue of International Research in Children’s Literature (IRCL) on “Possible & Impossible Children: Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies.” 11.2 (December 2018): v-x. [Co-wrote introductory essay, “Editorial: ‘Possible’ and ‘Impossible’ Children” (50%), with Cheryl Cowdy.]

2018

“Those ‘dreadful’ Victorians – Penny Dreadful as Neo-Victorian Speculative Fiction.” The Confidential Clerk 2 (2016): 95-114.

2016

“’A Parade of Curiosities’: Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Lost Girls as Neo-Victorian Pastiches.” The Journal of Popular Culture 48.2 (2015): 253-269.

2015

“H. D. and the Victorian Spectres of White Rose and the Red.” College Literature 38.4 (Fall 2011): 115-133.

2011

“Rendering Women: H.D.’s Revision of the Pre-Raphaelite ‘cult of youthful beauty.’” Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies 7 (2004): 43-59.

2004

“Take my blood, not my money!: Vampires, Capital, and Class.” New Comparison 35-36 (Spring/Autumn 2003): 145-62.

2003

“Pathos and Wizardry: Narrative Rhetoric in Harry Potter.” Canadian Journal of Rhetorical Studies 13 (September 2002): 39-50.

2002

“Manipulating the Dystopia: Margaret Atwood’s Deliberative and Epideictic Rhetoric in The Handmaid’s Tale.” Canadian Journal of Rhetorical Studies 10 (September 1999): 81-96.

1999

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

“Visualizing the Gothic in Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and Its Illustrated Adaptations.” Literary Studies & Cultural Studies. To be published by De Gruyter in Fall 2018. [Eds. Lisa DeTora and Angelo Piepoli.]

2019

“Visualizing the Gothic in Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and Its Illustrated Adaptations.” ICLA Proceedings. Literary Studies & Cultural Studies. To be published by De Gruyter in Spring/Summer 2018. [Eds. Lisa DeTora and Angelo Piepoli.]

2018


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/HUMA4142 6.0 A Contemporary Children's Culture SEMR
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/CCY1999 6.0 A Intro to Childhood & Youth Studies LECT
Fall/Winter 2018 AP/CCY1999 6.0 A Intro to Childhood & Youth Studies TUTR