Caroline McAlister

Departments and Positions:
English, Instructor of English
School Extension 316.2406
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Yale University, BA, '82
Emory University, PHD, '89

Caroline McAlister is a scholar, teacher and writer who brings great energy and attention to all three parts of her academic life.  She enjoys introducing students to the weirdness and richness of Shakespeare's world.  She takes students to explore Oxford and explore the haunts of Lewis Carroll, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and Philip Pullman.  She has written scholarly articles about seventeenth-century poet, John Milton, and about Harry Potter fan fiction.  Her creative work includes several picture books for children, and she loves to share her passion for children's literature with Guilford students.

Notable Work - Children's Books

  • John Ronald's Dragons. Roaring Brook/Macmillan, Forthcoming 2017.
  • Brave Donatella and the Jasmine Thief. Boston:  Charlesbrdige, 2010.
  • Holy Molé!. Atlanta:  August House Publishers, 2007.

Notable Works - Scholarly Articles

  • "Reading the Reading Girl:  From Frances Hodgson Burnett's Little Editha to Hermione Granger and Her Fans." The Looking Glass:  New Perspectives on Children's Literature 16.2 (2012).
  • "Teaching the Young Lady to Just Say No:  Coercive Ritual in Milton's Comus." Ceremony and Text in the Renaissance. Ed. Douglas F. Rutledge. University of Delaware Press, 1996. 55-67.
  • "Sentience as Evidence:  The Reciprocity of Grace in Samson Agonistes." Renaissance Papers. (1992):  57-68.
  • "Milton's Monstrous Moral Interlude:  The Function of the Grotesque in Book II of Paradise Lost." Criticism 23.4 (1991):  491-502.

Courses Taught

  • Fairies, Witches, Rebels and Caribs in Shakespeare's England
  • Oxford Fantasy Writers


  • 2010 Junior Library Guild Award for Brave Donatella and the Jasmine Thief
  • 2003 Holy Molé! chosen as Multi-cultural Preview Book by MOSAIC
  • 1993 NEH Summer Seminar Participant:  "The Adam and Eve Narrative in the Christian and Jewish Tradition" led by Gary Anderson and Michael Stone
  • 1991 NEH Summer Institute Participant:  "Text and Ceremony in the Renaissance"