Deanna Stover is a PhD Candidate in English. Her dissertation, “Deadly Toys: Mini Worlds and Wars, 1815-1914,” investigates literary representations of toy wars in the long nineteenth century. By looking at a variety of genres from children’s literature to war game rules meant for an older audience, Stover explores how adults try to restrict, structure, and even take over play using fictional violence. She argues that narratives about violent toys not only elucidate adult anxieties over a child’s power, but also show us that adults, in their efforts to control play, actually abstract and distance the realities of war.
- 18th and 19th Century British Literature and Culture
- Children’s Literature
- Digital Humanities
- Gender and Sexuality Studies
- Friends of the Princeton University Library Research Grant, Cotsen Children’s Library, Princeton University.
- Fasken Graduate Student Teaching Award, TAMU.
- Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Travel and Research Assistance Grant (2016)
- Forrest Burt Memorial Award (2016)
- Editorial Assistant, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, 2015-6
- Graduate and Professional Student Council Aggies Commit Fellowship (2015-6)
- “Alternative Family and Textual Citizenship in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Little Lord Fauntleroy: A Drama in Three Acts.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 40.4 (2015): 339-354.
- Research Assistant, Digital Black Bibliography Project (DIBB), Summer 2015
- Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) Tuition Scholarship from the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University (2015)
- Teaching Assistant, Texas A&M University, 2014 – present
- Dean’s Medal for most outstanding graduating senior in English (undergraduate), Department of English, Arizona State University (2012)