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Humanities In The Village: Melanie Marotta (With Samanda Robinson)

Event Details

The Ivy Bookshop, Back Patio
5928 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21209
Monday, September 25th, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Ivy Bookshop and the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute at Johns Hopkins University present the latest installment of Humanities in the Village, featuring Dr. Melanie Marotta and her book African American Adolescent Female Heroes! Dr. Samanda Robinson will join Dr. Marotta in conversation.

African American Adolescent Female Heroes: The Twenty-First-Century Young Adult Neo-Slave Narrative investigates the application of the neo-slave narrative structure to the twenty-first-century young adult text.

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About the Panelists:

  • Melanie A. Marotta, Melanie A. Marotta is a Lecturer in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD). She also teaches as part of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor. Marotta’s research focuses on American Literature (in particular African American), Young Adult literature, the American West, Science Fiction, and gender studies. Her monograph, African American Adolescent Female Heroes: The Twenty-First-Century Young Adult Neo-Slave Narrative, was published by the University Press of Mississippi and part of the Children’s Literature Association Series (March 2023). She co-edited Critical Pedagogy: Diversity, Inclusion, and the Visual in Higher Education (Routledge, 2021) included in the series, Race and Ethnicity in Education. Her collection, Women’s Space: Essays on Female Characters in the 21st Century Science Fiction Western, was published in 2019 as part of the Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy Series. Marotta is originally from Ontario, Canada.

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