Carrie Hintz

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Research Interests

Carrie Hintz works in 17th- and 18th- Century literature, life writing, utopian studies, and children’s literature. She is currently at work on a monograph entitled Two Part Invention: 400 Years of Spousal and Partner Memoir. In this book, she considers the rhetoric, craft and ethics of writers who have husbands, wives or partners as their biographical subjects—including works by C.S. Lewis, Joan Didion, Mayte Garcia, John Bayley, Coretta Scott King, Mark Doty, Don Bachardy, Elizabeth Alexander, and many others. Two Part Invention shows how spousal memoir tests the boundaries of existing biographical and memoir forms, raising a number of questions about the ethics of recounting shared lives.  

With Professor Andrea Walkden of the University of Toronto, she is editing Volume VIII (1685-1696) of The Correspondence of Richard Baxter for Oxford University Press.

With Professor Eric Tribunella, she is completing a new book about Young Adult Literature for Broadview University Press (forthcoming in 2023).

Teaching Interests

Courses taught include: Children’s Literature: #WeNeedDiverseBooks, Censorship and Intellectual Freedom in Literary Texts, Eighteenth-Century Life Writing and the Novel, Fantasy Worlds in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Children’s Literature: Medieval and Early Modern Roots, What Shall I Do with My Life? Literary and Cultural Speculations (Honors Seminar), Milton, Seventeenth-Century Literature, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature, Women’s Writing from Aphra to Austen, Women Writers in the Literary Tradition, Utopian Writing; Anthropomorphism in Literature and Culture (Honors Seminar), and Young Adult Literature.

Selected Publications

Children’s Literature: The New Critical Idiom (Routledge, 2019).

Reading Children’s Literature: A Critical Introduction. Boston: Bedford-St. Martin’s, 2013. Co-written with Eric Tribunella. Designed and Illustrated by Scott McKowen.

Co-edited essay collection (with Kate Broad and Balaka Basu): Contemporary Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults: Brave New Teenagers. Children’s Literature and Culture series. Routledge, 2013. Winner of the 2013 Children’s Literature Association Edited Book Award. Reprint edition 2015.

An Audience of One: Dorothy Osborne’s Letters to Sir William Temple. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005.

Co-edited essay collection (with Elaine Ostry): Utopian and Dystopian Writing for Children and Young Adults. Children’s Literature and Culture series. Routledge, 2003.

Articles & Book Chapters

“Young Adult (YA) Fiction,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Utopian and Dystopian Literatures, edited by Peter Marks, Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor and Fátima Vieira.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021: 191-201.

“’I Want to Die as Myself:’ Young Adult Dystopias, Cruelty, and Resistance,” in Cruel Children in Popular Texts and Cultures, edited by Monica Flegel and Chris Parkes. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018: 239-256.

“Pat the Bunny (or Just Swipe the Screen): On Children’s Tablet Book Apps,” Cambridge Literary Review 8/9 (2015), 153-165.

“Conversational Currents: Regarding Informational Texts.” Published conversation and podcast with Eric Tribunella, Language Arts [NCTE] 92.4 (March 2015): 296-302.

“Introduction,” (with Kate Broad and Balaka Basu), in Contemporary Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults: Brave New Teenagers. Children’s Literature and Culture series. New York: Routledge, 2013: 1-19.

“Nell Gwyn and Restoration Culture.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Innovative Course Design Competition Website, Spring 2006:

“Introduction,” (with Elaine Ostry), in Utopian Writing for Children and Young Adults, New York: Routledge, 2003: 1-22.

“‘Joy But Not Peace’: Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s Green-sky Trilogy,” in Utopian Writing for Children and Young Adults, Routledge, 2003: 107-118.

“Interview with Lois Lowry” (with Elaine Ostry), in Utopian Writing for Children and Young Adults,Routledge, 2003: 196-200.

Co-author (with Elaine Ostry, Rebecca Totaro and Kay Sambell): “Annotated Bibliography of Utopian Writing for Children and Young Adults,” in Utopian Writing for Children and Young Adults, Routledge, 2003: 200-232.

“Monica Hughes, Lois Lowry, and Young Adult Dystopias,” The Lion and the Unicorn 26.2 (April 2002): 254-264.

“Satan is Not a Literary Character: Teaching Early Modern Literature to Religiously Committed Students,” Working Papers on the Web [Sheffield Hallam University], October 2002:

“All People Seen and Known: Dorothy Osborne, Privacy, and Seventeenth-Century Courtship,” The Dalhousie Review 78.3 (Spring 2000): 365-83.