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Allyson Wierenga

Ph.D. Program
  • LAAH 420
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I am originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan where I earned my BA in English literature and writing from Calvin University in the fall of 2018. I graduated with my MA in English from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in the spring of 2021. Broadly, my research focuses on children’s literature and depictions of children in literature. I am especially interested in intersections between children’s literature and medical discourses as well as depictions of children and child agency in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British and American literature. Recently, I have become interested in applying digital humanities methods and tools to my children’s literature scholarship.

Research Interests

  • 18th and 19th Century British Literature and Culture
  • 20th and 21st Century Studies
  • Children’s Literature and Culture
  • Digital Humanities
  • Literary Depictions of Children


  • “‘Odd Little Girl’: Reimagining Edwardian Girlhood in A Little Princess,” Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) Annual Conference (June 2021, virtual).
  • “Not-So-Wimpy Kids: Using Fictional Diaries to Foster Writing and Identity Development in Elementary Classrooms,” Children’s Literature Summer School, University of Antwerp (July 2020, virtual).