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Sandra Beckett, Ph. D., Professor of French
Sandra L. Beckett has published extensively in the fields of twentieth-century French literature, children’s literature, and fairy tales. She is the author of three books on Henri Bosco and has written extensively on contemporary French authors such as J. M. G. Le Clézio and Michel Tournier. She has edited several books on comparative children’s literature and co-edited several others on Francophone literature . She is the author of dozens of refereed journal articles on French literature, comparative children’s literature, and fairy tales. Currently she is completing a book titled “Crosswriting Little Red Riding Hood” and another on “Crossover Literature: Books for a Dual Audience of Children and Adults.” Dr. Beckett has been the recipient of many academic distinctions and grants: she was awarded a Brock University Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence and Brock University’s Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and Chevalier in the Order des Palmes Académiques and the Ordre de la Pléiade. She has served on the executive of numerous scholarly societies, including including two terms as President of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature. She sits on editorial boards for journals in several countries.
Beckett, Sandra L. Revisioning Red Riding Hood around the World: An Anthology of International Retellings. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, in press.
Beckett, Sandra L. Crossover Picturebooks: A Genre for All Ages. New York: Routledge, 2012, 398 p.
Beckett, Sandra L. Crossover Fiction: Global and Historical Perspectives. New York: Routledge, 2009, 346 p. Reissued as paper edition in 2009.
Beckett, Sandra L. Red Riding Hood for All Ages: Fairy-Tale Icon in Cross-Cultural Contexts. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2008, 244 p.
Beckett, Sandra L. And Maria Nikolajeva, eds. Beyond Babar: The European Tradition in Children’s Literature. Lanham, MD; Scarecrow Press, 2006, 322 p.
Beckett, Sandra L. 2002. Recycling Red Riding Hood. New York and London: Routledge, 2002. 336p. Reissued as paper edition in 2009.
Beckett, Sandra L., ed. 1999. Transcending Boundaries: Writing for a Dual Audience of Children and Adults. New York and London: Garland. 278 p.
Beckett, Sandra L. 1997. De grands romanciers écrivent pour les enfants. Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal; Grenoble: Éditions littéraires et linguistiques de l’université de Grenoble. 317 p.
Beckett, Sandra L., ed. 1997. Reflections of Change: Children’s Literature Since 1945. Westport, CT: Greenwood. 203 p.
Beckett, Sandra L. 1996. Voies et voix narratives dans l’œuvre romanesque de Henri Bosco. Toronto: Éditions du GREF. 300 p.
Key Terms of Research Interests
Fairy tales, picturebooks, illustration, crossover literature, comparative children’s literature, contemporary French literature.
List of MRPs Supervised
Supervised Jane Storie’s Major Research Paper, “Validating Little Red Riding Hood,” for the MA in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts Program, Brock University, 2009.