Griswold is a specialist in American literature and culture and in children’s literature. He is the author of seven books, including the prize-winning Audacious Kids (in paperback, The Classic American Children’s Story), The Meanings of “Beauty and the Beast,” and the recent Feeling Like a Kid. Griswold has also published more than 200 essays in the Paris Review, the Nation, the New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review and a columnist for Parents’ Choice.
A professor of literature at San Diego State University, Griswold has also been a visiting professor at the University of California Los Angeles, UC San Diego, and (for one hilarious year) the National University of Ireland in Galway. He has won a number of awards, including research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies, and has lectured all over the world—in Seoul, and Salamanca. He is currently the director of the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at San Diego State.
Griswold’s visit is sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities and the English Department.