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Kent Baxter

Kent  Baxter Associate Professor
PhD (1998) University of Southern California
Office: Sierra Tower Room, 725
Phone: Telephone: (818) 677-3425
Email: kent.baxter@csun.edu

Office Hours

None submitted for this semester.


Areas of specialization include: Children's and Young Adult Literature; 20th Century American Literature and Culture; Age Studies; Professional Writing.




Baxter, Kent. The Modern Age: Turn-of-the-Century American Culture and the Invention of Adolescence. The University of Alabama Press, 2008.

Baxter, Kent (Ed.). Critical Insights: Coming of Age. Forthcoming from Salem Press.


“Adolescent Vérité: Shocking Glimpses of the Teen in Contemporary Film and Television.” Mediated Boyhood: Boys, Teens, and Tweens in Popular Media and Culture. Ed. Annette Wannamaker. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 2011.

“The Modern Age: Teen Reading at the Turn of the Century (Part I).” Newsboy 48.2 (March-April, 2010): 5-17.

“(Re)inventing Adolescence.” The Hedgehog Review 11.1 (Spring 2009).

“Taming Little Savages: Adolescent Crime and the Woodcraft Indian Movement.” American Studies Journal 47 (Summer, 2001): 9-22.

“Desire and the Literary Machine: Capitalism, Male Sexuality, and Stratemeyer Series Books for Boys.” Men and Masculinities 3.2 (October, 2000): 168-186.

“Making A Name For Himself: Paternity, Joyce, and Stephen’s Adolescent Identity Crisis.” Naming The Father: Legacies, Genealogies, and Explorations of Fatherhood in Modern and Contemporary Literature. Eds. Eva Bueno, Terry Caesar, and William Hummel. New York: Lexington Books, 2000.


Review of Joanne Brown’s Immigration Narratives in Young Adult Literature (Scarecrow Press, 2011) in The Children’s Literature Association Quarterly (forthcoming).

Review of Nancy Drew and Her Sister Sleuths: Essays on the Fiction of Girl Detectives. Eds. Michael G. Cornelius and Melanie E. Gregg. (McFarland, 2008) in The Lion and the Unicorn, 33.3 (September, 2009).

Review of Annette Wannamaker’s Boys in Children’s Literature and Popular Culture: Masculinity, Abjection, and the Fictional Child (Routledge, 2008) in The Lion and the Unicorn, 32.2 (April, 2008).

Review of Vicki Anderson’s The Dime Novel in Children’s Literature (McFarland & Company, 2005) in The Lion and the Unicorn, 30.1 (January, 2006).

Review of Kenneth B. Kidd’s Making American Boys: Boyology and the Feral Tale (University of Minnesota Press, 2004) in The Lion and the Unicorn, 29.2 (April, 2005).