Research Fellowship Brings Professor to Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature
One of the aspects that Dr. Isabel Millán enjoys most about her research at locations like the Henry Madden Library is discovering the unknown.
“One of the unique benefits of an archive is that you have no idea what you’re going to find until it’s right in front of you staring you down, and you’re face to face with that unique object,” said Millán, “That’s what I’m hoping to find, whether it’s an unpublished manuscript or some sort of correspondence between one of the authors and either an illustrator or an editor, that could relate to my work.”
Millán is an assistant professor at the University of Oregon in the Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and received a fellowship to work in the Henry Madden Library’s Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. The Nixon Center’s Research Fellowship program is funded by an anonymous donor.
Millán is spending two weeks at the center, studying the Library’s unique collection for research to support her monograph and book length project on children’s literature. More specifically, Millán is studying queer and bilingual children’s literature in media across the Americas. The Arne Nixon Center’s LGBTQ young readers book collection is the largest library collection of its kind in the nation.
“I’m interested in books that are somewhat controversial or non-normative that deal with issues of discrimination or difference, whether that’s around language, around race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, you name it,” said Millán.
Millán’s research has taken her around the world including to Canada, Mexico, and Spain, but as a Central Valley native, she is proud that this unique collection is available close to her childhood home.
“It’s quite expansive, it’s one of the larger ones on children’s literature,” said Millán, “It’s well known – very well known – respected and it’s a privilege to be here.”
About the Henry Madden Library
The Arne Nixon Center is one of North America’s leading resources for the study of children’s and young adult literature. The growing collection of 60,000 books, periodicals, manuscripts, original art, and papers of authors and illustrators, has an international and multicultural emphasis. The collection is housed inside the Henry Madden Library at Fresno State, which is arguably one of the busiest libraries in all of inland California with 1.76 million annual visitors. The Library is the largest academic library in California between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and is home to more than 2 million titles, 823,000 e-books and 55,000 online journals.
The Library is able to be the center of student learning and creativity on campus thanks to the generosity of its donors. Visit library.fresnostate.edu or www.arnenixoncenter.org to learn how to donate.