Research output per year
Research output per year
Director of the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL)
I have been a member of this internationally renowned centre since 1996. I am proud to work with such an outstanding team of scholars, both in the NCRCL and in the wider Department of English and Creative Writing (ECW). The NCRCL is committed to research excellence and I work with colleagues to inspire, facilitate and extend scholarship in the field of children's literature.
Research Degrees Convener ECW
I am also Programme Convener of our long-running MA/PDs in Children's Literature (on-site and distance learning).
Series Editor of Bloomsbury Academic's flagship list: Perspectives on Children's Literature
Current Titles in the series: The Courage to Imagine, (2017) Roni Natov; From Tongue to Text: A New Reading of Children's Poetry, (2017) Debbie Pullinger; Adulthood in Children's Literature, (2018) Vanessa Joosen; Fashioning Alice: The Career of Lewis Carroll's Icon, 1860-1901, (2019) Kiera Vaclavik; Literature's Children: The Critical Child and the Art of Idealisation, (2019) Louise Joy; Rereading Childhood Books: A Poetics, (2019) Alison Waller.
My broad field of research is philosophy and children's literature, as reflected monographs for Bloomsbury - Ethics in British Children's Literature: Unexamined Life (2013) and Metaphysics of Children's Literature: Climbing Fuzzy Mountains (2021). I am also interested in environmental issues and eco-criticism in the context of children's literature and youth culture.
Areas of Research Interest in Children's Literature
Applied Ethics and Metaphysics; Postmodernity;Electronic Narrative; Environmental Ethics and Eco-Criticism; Poetry; Historical Fiction; Illustration and Visual Texts; Critical Writing; Music and Sound related to childhood culture.
Liz Thiel: The Fantasy of Family: Nineteenth-Century Children's Literature and the Myth of the Domestic Ideal. Awarded 2006.
Noga Applebaum: Control Shift: Interfaces of Technology and Children's Literature Through the Dimension of science Fiction Written for Children. Awarded 2008. (AHRC Funded)
Julie Cross: The 'Highs' and 'Lows' of Humour: Funny Junior Fiction from 1960 Onwards. Awarded 2009.
Simon Machin: Ripping Yarns: The Breaking of Masculine Codes in 'Boy's Own' Adventure Stories, 185501940. Awarded 2016.
Karen Williams: Humour in Children's Literature 1800-1840. Awarded 2017.
Anne Malewski: Growing Sideways: Shifting Boundaries Between Childhood and Adulthood in Twenty-First Century Britain. Awarded 2019.
Kay Waddilove: Motherhood in 1950s Children's Literature. Awarded 2019.
Manuela Salvi: The Disempowered Author: Pre-censorship, Self-censorship, and the Challenge of Children’s Literature. Awarded 2020.
Mark Carter: As easy as ABC? A Study of English Language Alphabet Books - 2020 to Present.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like to study with me in the NCRCL and the Department of English and Creative Writing at Roehampton.
PG Programmes in Children's Literature: On-site and Distance Learning
Convener of MA/PDs in Children's Literature
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review