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Dr. Jane Suzanne Carroll

Ussher Assistant Professor (English)

My research and teaching interests centre on children's literature, material culture, and role of landscape and place in fiction. I am a first generation academic and I completed my undergraduate and doctoral studies here at Trinity College Dublin. My second monograph Material Culture and British Children's Literature: Commodities and Consumption 1850-1914 will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2021. My first book, Landscape in Children's Literature (Routledge, 2012), explored the intersections between landscape and narrative in children's fantasy. I have also published on L.M. Montgomery, Susan Cooper, Jules Verne, J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, ghost stories, children's fantasy, and nature in children's literature. Before joining the School of English, as an Ussher Assistant Professor in Children's Literature, I taught with the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature at the University of Roehampton and worked at the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy at the University of Chichester.
  Children's Fantasy and Science Fiction   Children's Literature   Consumption and Material Culture   Critical theory, 20th century British and Irish fiction   English Language/Literature   Image and theory of landscape, space and place   J.R.R. Tolkien   Language and/or Literature, Fiction   Language and/or Literature, Victorian   Literary Criticism   Literary Geography   Literature and Visual Art   Manuscripts and printed books   Nineteenth-century fiction   Terry Pratchett   TRINITY LIBRARY COLLECTIONS   Victorian studies, popular fiction
 Maria Edgeworth in the Pollard Collection of children's books: constructing, collecting and conserving girlhood in the children's literature archive
 Exploring Heritage Collections
 Inscriptions in Children's Books, Ireland 1900 - 1925: The Collection and Preservation of Childhood Through Marginalia in the Pollard Collection of Children's Books
 The Pratchett Project

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Board member of the Children's Research Network (CRN) 2019
Vice President of the Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature
Member of the Editorial Board for Roundtable. 2018
Peer reviewer for The Lion and the Unicorn (since 2014)
Peer reviewer for The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies (since 2014)
Peer reviewer for International Research in Children's Literature (since 2011)
External examiner for Rose Miller, PhD, University of Worcester 5th November 2018
External Examiner for Dominika Nycz (PhD) University of Chichester 16 December
External examiner for MLitt in Children's Literature students at Newcastle University
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President of the Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature 2021 present
Board member of the Children's Research Network (CRN) 2019 present
Fellow of the Higher Education Association, UK 2013
Mid Century Models: : post-war girls' comics, fashion and self-fashioning in, editor(s)Kristine Moruzi, Michelle Smith, Beth Rodgers , The Edinburgh History of Children's Periodicals, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2022, [Jane Suzanne Carroll], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED
Jane Suzanne Carroll, British Children's Literature and Material Culture: Commodities and Consumption 1850-1914, London, Bloomsbury Perspectives on Children's Literature, 2021, 208pp, Book, IN_PRESS
'Girlhood and Space in C19 Orphan Fiction' in, editor(s)Laura Peters, Diane Warren , Rereading Orphanhood: Texts, Inheritence, Kin, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2020, pp186 - 205, [Jane Suzanne Carroll], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
"Objects and Toys" in, editor(s)Eugene Giddens, Zoe Jaques, and Louise Joy , The Cambridge History of Childreb's Literature in English, Volume 2: 1830-1914, Cambridge Unversity Press, 2020, [Jane Suzanne Carroll], Book Chapter, SUBMITTED
Jane Suzanne Carroll, Typography as Voice in Children's Visual Texts", Word and Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry, 2020, Journal Article, APPROVED
Jane Carroll, Storied Places and Emplaced Stories: Landscape in Welsh and Irish Fairy Tales, IBBYLink, Autumn 2020, (59), 2020, p32 - 36, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Spatiality in Fantasy for Children in, editor(s)Maria Nikolajeva, Clementine Beauvais , Edinburgh Companion to Children's Literature, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2018, pp55 - 69, [Jane Suzanne Carroll], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Jane Suzanne Carroll, The Victorians taught children about consumerism - and we can learn from them too, The Conversation, (April 27), 2017, Notes: [ ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Jane Suzanne Carroll, "Land Under Wave: Reading the Landscapes of Tiffany Aching", Gramarye: The Journal of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, 7, 2015, p8 - 19, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
'Catalysing Urban Interaction: Individual and Crowded Identities in New York City' in, editor(s)Pádraic Whyte and Keith O'Sullivan , New York in Children's Literature, London and New York, Routledge, 2014, pp97 - 110, [Jane Suzanne Carroll], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED

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Jane Carroll, 'Mongrel Country', Channel, 2020, -, Notes: [ ], Fiction and creative prose, PUBLISHED
Jane Suzanne Carroll, Pádraic Whyte, , 'Story Spinners: Irish Women & Children's Literature', Trinity College Dublin, Google Arts & Culture, 2018, -, Exhibition, PUBLISHED
Jane Suzanne Carroll, "A Stitch in Time: The Craft of Wasting Time in Children's Literature", International Board of Books for Young People/ National Centre for Research in Children's Literature annual conference 2018, University of Roehampton, 9th November, 2018, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Jane Suzanne Carroll, "Adventures in the Archive", University of Antwerp, 8th July, 2018, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Jane Suzanne Carroll, "Social Media: Practical Applications for Teaching and Research", , University English OGM, Senate House, London, 5th December , 2015, University English, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Jane Suzanne Carroll, "'Remarkable and Perplexing Items': Material Culture in Victorian Children's Literature" , University of Aberystwyth, 4th November, 2015, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Jane Suzanne Carroll, "Material Cultures of Victorian Childhood", Biennial Conference of the Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland April, 10th-11th April 2015, 2015, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Jane Suzanne Carroll, "Land Under Wave: The Landscape of Tiffany Aching" , Homerton College, Cambridge, 5th February, 2014, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Jane Suzanne Carroll, "The Hag O' The Hills: Landscape in Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series", Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tale and Fantasy Lecture Series, Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tale and Fantasy, University of Chichester, 25th March, 2014, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Jane Suzanne Carroll, "The Way to Wonderland" , Wonderworlds of Children's Fantasy, University of Venice, Ca'Foscari, Venice, 5th-6th December , 2013, Invited Talk, PRESENTED


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Award Date
Sassoon Visiting Fellowship, Bodleian Library 2020
National Forum Teaching Hero 2021 Award 27 April 2021
IRCHSS PhD Award 2009
My major research interest are in children's literature, literary geography, material culture, and book history. These elements of my work intersect and overlap and my research is characterised by tracing connections between the imagined worlds of children's fantasy and the real world. I particularly specialise in examining the background details in texts that are often overlooked. My PhD and the publications that emerged from it focused on the relationship between the landscapes of twentieth-century children's fiction and the topical settings of fantasy literature. My first monograph, Landscape in Children's Literature (Routledge 2012), offered a new way to combine literature with morphology and landscape history to read the landscapes of children's fantasy in a new way. I have also published on Susan Cooper, Terry Pratchett, J.R.R. Tolkien, M.R. James, and Jules Verne. My latest monograph, British Children's Literature and Material Culture: Commodities and Consumptions 1850-1914 (Bloomsbury 2021), investigates the intersection of children's books and children's consumerism and analyses the role and representation of commodities within British children's literature in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In tracing the role of objects in key texts from the turn of the century, I uncover the connections between these fictional objects and the real objects that child consumers bought, used, cherished, broke, and threw away. Beginning with the Great Exhibition of 1851, my work takes stock of the changing attitudes towards consumer culture - a movement from celebration to suspicion - to demonstrate that children's literature was a key consumer product, one that influenced young people's views of and relationships with other kinds of commodities. My interest in the book as commodity reflects a wider interest in book history and I have written on typography in children's picture books and on paper-dolls in mid-century girls' periodicals. In 2020, I was awarded a Sassoon Visiting Fellowship with the Bodleian Library, Oxford to complete research with the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera into the links between advertising, illustration, and child consumers. Since joining Trinity, I have worked to connect my research to the special collections in the Library of TCD. As well as drawing public attention to the special collections, through my involvement with The History of the Book MOOC and the Pratchett Project, I have generated new research interest in the Pollard Collection of Children's Books. I have two funded PhD students (Provost's PhD Award 2020 and Irish Research Council postgraduate award 2021) working on the Pollard Collection with me. I am also committed to finding new ways to connect my research with my teaching interests and developing new ways to enhance the Collection, its international profile, and generate new research projects on the Collection. With Co-PI Julie Bates, I have secured funding from the Higher Education Authority to develop a new research-led module Exploring Heritage Collections that enables us to bring students and professionals together to engage with special collections from 10 heritage institutions around Dublin, including the Library at TCD.