As a teacher and scholar of children’s and adolescent literature, Phillip Serrato’s work tends to revolve around matters of identity, sexuality, and gender (especially masculinity). He also continues to indulge interests in horror cinema, Gothic literature, and Chicano/a literature, film, and performance.
Recent Publications Include:
“From ‘Booger Breath’ to ‘The Guy’: Juni Cortez Grows Up in Robert Rodríguez’s Spy Kids Trilogy.” Mediated Boyhoods: Boys, Teens, and Young Men in Popular Media and Culture. Ed. Annette Wannamaker. New York: Peter Lang, 2011.
“‘What Are Young People to Think?’: The Subject of Immigration and the Immigrant Subject in Francisco Jiménez’s The Circuit.” The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature. Ed. Julia Mickenberg and Lynne Vallone. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
“Transforming Boys, Transforming Masculinity, Transforming Culture: Masculinity Anew in Latino and Latina Children’s Literature.” Invisible No More: Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Men and Boys. Ed. Pedro Noguera, Aída Hurtado, and Edward Fergus. New York: Routledge, 2011.
“Promise and Peril: The Gendered Implications of Pat Mora’s Pablo’s Tree and Ana Castillo’s My Daughter, My Son, the Eagle, the Dove.” Children’s Literature. 38 (2010). 133-152.
“Conflicting Inclinations: Luis J. Rodríguez’s Picture Books for Children.” Ethnic Traditions in American Children’s Literature. Ed. Yvonne Atkinson and Michele Pagni-Stewart. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009. 191-204.
“Not Quite Heroes: Race, Masculinity, and Latino Professional Wrestlers.” Steel Chair to the Head: The Pleasure and Pain of Professional Wrestling. Ed. Nicholas Sammond. Duke University Press, 2005. 232-259.
Presently he is at work on two books, one an examination of masculinity in Chicano/a literature, film, and performance from the nineteenth century to the present day, and the other a critical survey of the emergence, history, and development of Chicano/a children’s literature. He also continues to work in horror and Gothic studies.