Research Students

Emily Corbett
"A Literary analysis of the Transgendered Voice and Sociobiological Discourse in Contemporary British Young Adult Fiction."

Emily was awarded the Jacqueline Wilson scholarship, 2017.

Erica Gillingham
"Lesbian Love Stories in Young Adult Literature and Graphic Novels: The Construction of Characters, Narratives and Ideologies for the 21st Century."

Anne Malewski
"Growing Sideways: Shifting Boundaries between Childhood and Adulthood in Twenty-First Century British Fiction."

Anne was awarded the Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship, 2014.

Sinead Moriarty
"Of Wild Places: Wilderness in British and Irish Children's Literature". 

Sinead was awarded a Vice Chancellor's Studentship for her research in 2012.

Sarah Pyke
"Queer readers remember: the textual and extratextual afterlives of childhood reading for LGBTQ adults."

Sarah is an AHRC funded student, involved in the ‘Memories of Fiction’ project.

Manuela Salvi
"The Disempowered Author: Pre-censorship, Self-censorship, and the Challenge of Children's Literature." (Creative Phd)

Manuela was awarded the Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship, 2015.

Harriet Salisbury
"We Belong to the Streets – a YA Novel about growing up in the East End in the turbulent 1880s" (Creative PhD)

Harriet is a TECHNE funded student, awarded in 2017.

Rebecca Sutton
"Inside/Outside: Contested Spaces in Young Adult Literature set in Israel/Palestine." Rebecca is a TECHNE funded student, awarded in 2016.

Kay Waddilove
"Tending, Mending, and Caring: Constructions of Motherhood in Popular Children’s Literature from 1945 to 1960."

Completed PhDs

The list below shows some of our recently completed PhDs

Dr Noga Applebaum
Control Shift: Interfaces of Technology and Children's Literature Through the Dimension of science Fiction Written for Children. Awarded 2008. (AHRC Funded).

Her monograph Representations of Technology in Science Fiction for Young People was published by Routledge in 2009.

Dr Judy Bainbridge
Storybook Schools: representations of schools and schooling in British children's literature, 1820-1880. Awarded 2015.

Dr Nick Campbell
'Inherent in the Landscape: The Neo-Romantic in Post-War British Children's Literature'. Awarded 2017.

Dr Julie Cross
The 'Highs' and 'Lows' of Humour: Funny Junior Fiction from 1960 Onwards. Awarded 2009.

Her monograph Humor in Contemporary Junior Literature was published by Routledge in 2011.

Dr Simon Machin
Ripping Yarns: the Breaking of Masculine Codes in 'Boy's Own' Adventure Stories, 1855-1940. Awarded 2015. 

Dr Liz Thiel
The Fantasy of Family: Nineteenth-Century Children's Literature and the Myth of the Domestic Ideal. Awarded 2006.

Her monograph The Fantasy of Family: Nineteenth-Century Children's Literature and the Myth of the Domestic Ideal was published by Routledge in 2007.

Dr Karen Williams
Humour in Children’s Literature 1800-1840. Awarded 2017.