Sigma Tau Delta Invites Speaker to Campus

March 26, 2012

Jill P. May is Professor Emerita of Language and Literacy, Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Purdue University. She will be giving a public lecture on Monday, April 9 at 7 pm in Neumiller Lecture Hall. Professor May's talk is titled "Why Are You Acting So Beastly?": Folklore's Legendary Beauty.

Professor May's remarks will center around the Bluebeard folktale and will reflect upon popular culture's use (and misuse) of women's roles in stories, depicting them as instigators of their own demise. She will consider instances of the Bluebeard folktale in fictions by Atwood and Carter, popular film, and, as a tie-in with our Theatre Department's Spring programming, she will conclude her talk with analysis of this tale's recurrence in The Glass Menagerie.

Professor May is author (with Robert May) of Howard Pyle: Imagining an American Art (University of Illinois, 2011), Children's Literature and Critical Theory: Reading and Writing for Understanding (Oxford, 1995) and co-editor (with Darwin Henderson) of Exploring Culturally Diverse Literature for Children and Adolescents: Learning to Listen in New Ways (Allyn & Bacon, 2006). She is also author of book chapters and refereed articles on topics including the place of feminism in interpreting children's literature and in the profession, and she is a pioneer in integrating critical theory in the study of young adult and children's literature. She is founding editor of an innovative on-line journal, First Opinions Second Reactions, which seeks to make innovations in critical theory accessible to K-12 teachers, and a frequent contributor to the Children's Literature Association Quarterly.

Professor May's lecture and visit are sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, The Department of English, and Bradley's Intellectual and Cultural Affairs Committee.