University of Pittsburgh
May 28, 2002

Pitt English Professor's Book Designated Honor Book

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May 28, 2002

PITTSBURGH— Valerie Krips, associate professor of English and director of children's literature at the University of Pittsburgh, has received notification that her book, "The Presence of the Past: Memory, Heritage and Childhood in Postwar Britain," was designated an Honor Book for the Children's Literature Association (ChLA) Book Award.

The awards are given annually "to promote, recognize, and publicize outstanding contributions to scholarship in the field of children's literature." The ChLA Award Committee noted that "The Presence of the Past" "demonstrates how important for children's literature studies a thorough understanding of the methodology of cultural studies can be: The author works not only with other written texts in situating the postwar British literature, but also with such cultural texts as museums, tourism advertising, and theme parks."

The book was published in the Children's Literature and Culture Series of Garland Press.

Krips earned the Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honours in 1985 and the Ph.D. degree in 1989 from Deakin University in Australia.