- B.A. (British Columbia)
- M.A. (York)
Victorian literature, Victorian women’s magazines, children’s literature, young adult literature, fantasy and folk/fairy tale.
I do not separate my teaching and my research activities: in teaching I learn better ways to direct my research, and in researching I encounter ideas and information that enrich my teaching. The classroom is a contact zone: individuals with varied knowledge and cultural backgrounds come together to explore ways of thinking and being in the world, as well as the ways in which literary and other texts (including our own) communicate these ideas. The two things I value most highly in the classroom are curiosity and engagement. I have been described by students as challenging yet fair. As such, I will indeed demand your best, but I will also provide as much assistance as possible to help you achieve it if you want it.
I have delivered conference papers and published on nineteenth-century girl culture, the New Woman, children’s literature, fantasy literature, and literary fairy tales. My most recent publications include Knowing Their Place? Identity and Space in Children’s Literature (Cambridge Scholars 2011), co-edited with my colleague Dawn Thompson, and book chapters in Victorian Settler Narratives, ed. Tamara S. Wagner (Pickering Chatto 2011) and Women in Journalism at the Fin de Siecle, ed. F. Elizabeth Gray (Palgrave Macmillan 2012). Currently I am working on projects on myth in contemporary fantasy and on colonial girlhood. I welcome the opportunity to work with students on special projects on any related topics.