First Year Writing, Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Victorian and Gender Studies


Anne Layman-Horn teaches courses in both Temple University’s First Year Writing Program (English 0701 and English 0802) and in the English Department, where one of her most frequent course offerings is Children’s Literature and Folklore (English 2112). One of her recent contributions to the First Year Writing Program was serving as the Coordinator of the English 0802 Syllabus Revision Committee in the spring of 2014. Before coming to Temple, Layman-Horn taught at Bryn Mawr College for four years. At Bryn Mawr, she taught first-year seminars and directed both the Bryn Mawr College Writing Center and its summer program for high school students, “Writing for College.”

She received her Ph.D. from New York University in 1995, with a specialization in Victorian Literature. Although she has published essays on William Makepeace Thackeray and the intersections between Victorian journalism, the Victorian theater and the Victorian novel, her current research interests focus on Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Gender Studies. She is currently working on a longer project that focuses on contemporary Young Adult “Chick Lit.” This project focuses on both the publishing context of these books and the ways in which their “mean girl” characters engage in alternative aggressions against other girls in a post-feminist cultural climate that values celebrity and consumerism in an increasingly unequal society.

Selected Publications

  • “Theater, Journalism, and Thackeray’s ‘Man of the World Magazine.’” Victorian Periodicals Review 32 (Fall 1999) 223-239
  • “Farcical Process, Fictional Product: Thackeray’s Theatrics in Lovel the Widower.” Victorian Literature and Culture 26 (1998) 135-154
  • Contributing Editor, British Women Fiction Writers of the Nineteenth Century (part of the series, Women Writers of English and their Works). Chelsea House Publishers, Philadelphia, PA, 1998

Courses Taught

  • English 0701: Introduction to Academic Discourse
  • English 0802: Analytical Reading and Writing
  • Children’s Literature and Folklore
  • The Short Story
  • Introduction to English Studies
  • Survey of British Literature II
  • The Victorian Novel, Introduction to Fiction
  • Introduction to Literature