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EIU Department of English


Fern Kory, Professor of English

Office: 3365 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-6291
Fall 2017 Office Hours: M + W 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; TH 1 - 3:00

Fern Kory teaches a variety of courses in literature for children and young adults, including a course in twentieth-century African-American youth literature. She also teaches modern American literature courses like fictions of the 1920s and the Harlem Renaissance. Articles and essays have appeared in the annual Children's Literature, the Children's Literature Association QuarterlyEnglish Journal, and the collection Teaching Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. Her book reviews have appeared in the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and ALAN on-line. As the director of the EIU Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum, she supervises the work of graduate assistant writing consultants in the EIU Writing Center. 

Frequently Taught Courses

English 2011G: Fiction
English 3405: Children's Literature
English 3406: Pre-adolescent Literature
English 4903: Young Adult Literature
English 4905: African American Youth Literature (Topics in Youth Literature)
                       From Picture Book to Graphic Novel (Topics in Youth Literature)
                       Evaluating & Reviewing Youth Literature (Topics in Youth Literature)
English 4950: Harlem Renaissance (Topics in African American Literature)
English 5500: Practicum in Writing Center Theory & Practice


PhD, University of California-Santa Barbara


The history of African American youth literature from the 1920s to the present; Writing Center theory and practice

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Department of English

600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2428
Fax: (217) 581-7209

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