Megan Isaac

Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English
Alamance Building 303B
2338 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
misaac2@elon.edu (336) 278-6480

Brief Biography

Dr. Megan Isaac enjoys teaching courses in Shakespeare, English literature, composition, and children's and young adult literature.

Education

Ph.D., English Literature,  University of California, Los Angeles

M.A., English Literature, University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., English Literature, Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin

Courses Taught

ENG 342 Shakespeare

ENG 322 Medieval Literature

ENG 323 Renaissance Literature

ENG 221 British Literature 1

ENG 255  Utopias and Dystopias

ENG 255  Playing with Shakespeare

ENG 255  Witchcraft on Stage and in the Court

ENG 274 American Authors Now: Ursula Le Guin

ENG 110 College Writing

HNR 134 Forging Cultures
 

Leadership Positions


Chair of the Department of English

Research

BOOKS

Suzanne Fisher Staples: The Setting is the Story. Scarecrow Press, 2010.

Heirs to Shakespeare: Reinventing the Bard in Young Adult Literature, Portsmouth: Heinemann, March 2000.

RECENT ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS

"I Hate Group Work: Social Loafers, Indignant Peers, and the Drama of the Classroom."  Forthcoming in English Journal--expected Spring 2012.

King, Catherine, Amy Gillian, Michele Pittard, Ross Peterson-Veatch, and Megan Lynn   Isaac. “Creating and Supporting Mixed-Level Inquiry Communities.”   MountainRise. Vol. 6.1 (2010).

Trim, Michelle D., and Megan Lynn Isaac. “Re-inventing Invention: Discovery and Investment in Writing.” Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Vol.1. Edited by Charles Lowe and Pavel Zemliansky. Parlor Press, 2010, 107-125.

Six brief essays on young adult novels including, Blume’s Forever and Garden’s Annie     on My Mind included in Students Companion to American Literature. Eds. M. J. Bruccoli and R. Layman, Manly Inc, 2007.

Sixty-five articles of greatly varying lengths for the Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature. Ed. Jack Zipes, Oxford University Press, 2006.

The Birth of Merlin: Wizards and Power on the Early English Stage.” Early Theater. Vol.9.1 (2006) 109-121.

 

Current Projects

My current projects include a study of surveillance culture in children's and young adult literature.  I am interested in how the growing technologies that simultaneously provide information for us and report information about us are being represented in texts for young readers.  Are these technologies portrayed as something authorities control or that an individual controls?  Are they harmful or helpful?  Who is represented as having the power to make decisions about the structure and use of surveillance technologies? To put this in pop culture terms--the vampire hero from Twilight, Edward Cullen, can read the minds of every character except his love interest, Bella.  By the end of the series, though, she joyfully discovers the ability to open her mind to him.  How does Edward's ability to spy on nearly anyone at nearly any time affect his character and a reader's perception of him?  How important is privacy?  Should we view the absence of it as romantic or threatening or something else?

I am also working on a study of how performance activities in the Shakespeare classroom impact student learning.  Does standing up and working out an interpretation of a scene help students think critically about a text?  Do the skills students develop while practicing such activities transfer to their interpretations of scenes that they merely read and write about?

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