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.
I have published a monograph, Landscape in Children's Literature (Routledge, 2012), as well as articles on Susan Cooper, Jules Verne, J.R.R. Tolkien, ghost stories, and children's fantasy. I am currently working on a new book on material culture in late nineteenth and early twentieth century children's texts.
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, and with the Student Disability Services at TCD.
My current research focuses on material culture and children's literature and my new monograph project is due to be completed in August 2020 for Bloomsbury's Perspectives on Children's Literature Series.
Publications and Further Research Outputs
Jane Suzanne Carroll, Children's Literature and Material Culture: 1851-1914, Bloomsbury Perspectives on Children's Literature, 2021
'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]
"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]
Jane Suzanne Carroll, Typography as Voice in Children's Visual Texts", Word and Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry, 2020
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]
Jane Suzanne Carroll, The Victorians taught children about consumerism - and we can learn from them too, The Conversation, (April 27), 2017
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
'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]
'Civil Pleasures in Unexpected Places: An Introduction to the Etiquette of Middle earth" in, editor(s)Helen Conrad O'Briain and Gerard Hynes , Tolkien: The Forest and the City, Dublin, Four Courts, 2013, pp33 - 42, [Jane Suzanne Carroll]
"A Topoanalytical Reading of Landscapes in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit" in, editor(s)Peter Hunt , Palgrave Casebook: Tolkien and Children's Literature, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp121 - 138, [Jane Suzanne Carroll]
Jane Suzanne Carroll, Landscape in Children's Literature, London and New York, Routledge, 2012
Death and the Landscape in The Dark is Rising and its Adaptations in, editor(s)Ciara Ní Bhroin and Patricia Kennon , What Do We Tell the Children?, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012, pp74 - 91, [Jane Suzanne Carroll]
"You are too slow: Time Travel in Around the World in 80 Days" in, editor(s)Trish Ferguson , Victorian Time, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp77 - 94, [Jane Suzanne Carroll]
Jane Suzanne Carroll, "Its own space: Mindscape in Two Texts for Children" , The Journal of Children's Literature Studies,, 8, (1), 2011, p18 - 33
Jane Suzanne Carroll, Pádraic Whyte, , 'Story Spinners: Irish Women & Children's Literature', Trinity College Dublin, Google Arts & Culture, 2018, -
Jane Suzanne Carroll, "Adventures in the Archive", University of Antwerp, 8th July, 2018
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
Jane Suzanne Carroll, "'Remarkable and Perplexing Items': Material Culture in Victorian Children's Literature" , University of Aberystwyth, 4th November, 2015
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
Jane Suzanne Carroll, "Social Media: Practical Applications for Teaching and Research", , University English OGM, Senate House, London, 5th December , 2015, University English
Jane Suzanne Carroll, "Land Under Wave: The Landscape of Tiffany Aching" , Homerton College, Cambridge, 5th February, 2014
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
Jane Suzanne Carroll, "Landscape History for Beginners", Children's Literature Oxford Colloquium, University of Oxford, 25th October, 2013
Jane Suzanne Carroll, "The Way to Wonderland" , Wonderworlds of Children's Fantasy, University of Venice, Ca'Foscari, Venice, 5th-6th December , 2013
Jane Suzanne Carroll, "Always Winter: C.S. Lewis and Irish Children's Literature", Liverpool Irish Festival, Liverpool Hope University, 15th November, 2012
DescriptionMy 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 out the 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 first monograph, Landscape in Children's Literature, which was published by Routledge in 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. My current monograph project focuses on material culture in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century children's literature. This monograph (under contract with Bloomsbury due August 2020) 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 and argues that the representation of everyday objects - like thimbles, carpets and clocks - in children's literature can tell us about real children's experiences of commodities. I was awarded a Sassoon Visiting Fellowship with the Bodleian Library, Oxford (March-May 2020) to complete research with the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera for this project. Another major facet of my work is engaging with the special collections in the Library of Trinity College Dublin. I work closely with the Pollard Collection of Children's Books, 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. My next research project focuses on collecting and representations of collection in children's literature and I have secured a Provost's PhD Project Award to recruit a new research student to work on this project with me. In addition, I am a co-PI on The Pratchett Project, a new interdisciplinary collaboration between Trinity researchers from the School of English, the Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation, the Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities, ADAPT, and researchers from Senate House Library London, The University of Liverpool, from Eötvös Loránd University, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, and the University of Debrecen in Hungary. At the core of the project is the establishment of a new research network to encourage knowledge exchange and support collaborative projects on the work of fantasy author, Terry Pratchett. The network promotes Trinity's special relationship with Terry Pratchett, one of the world's best-known writers, and brings much-needed critical attention to the collection of his works gifted to the Library by his estate. 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. I have also published on Susan Cooper, Terry Pratchett, J.R.R. Tolkien, M.R. James, and Jules Verne.
- Material Culture in Children's Literature
- The "golden age" of children's literature was also a golden age of things: in the late 19th and early 20th century there was both an enormous increase in the number of books published for young readers and an exponential increase in the numbers of things being made and sold. Beginning with the Great Exhibition of 1851, this book traces the changing attitudes towards consumer culture in children's fiction - a movement from celebration to suspicion - and reveals the surprising intersections and interactions between children's literature and material culture. This book traces the role of objects in children's literature of the late 19th and early 20th century and uncovers the connections between these fictional objects and the real objects that child consumers bought, used, cherished, broke, and threw away. Placing children's fiction alongside historical documents, shop catalogues, lost property records, and advertisements, this book provides fresh critical insight into children's relationships with material culture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and reveals that even the most fantastic texts, such as Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) and E. Nesbit's Five Children & It (1902) have their roots in the ordinary, everyday things. Drawing on a wide spectrum of well-known and less familiar texts from Britain and Ireland, Children's Literature and Material Culture argues that children's literature was a key consumer product, one that influenced children's views of and relationships with other kinds of commodities. this monograph is now under contract to Bloomsbury and the completed manuscript to due to be submitted in Autumn 2020.
- The Pratchett Project
- This interdisciplinary network promotes knowledge exchange and supports collaborative projects on the work of fantasy author, Terry Pratchett. The network promotes Trinity's special relationship with Pratchett and brings much-needed critical attention to the collection of his works gifted to the Library by his estate. The two-day workshop in 2019, jointly organised by staff in the School of English, the Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation, the Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities, ADAPT, and the Library of Trinity College Dublin, is the first in a series, bringing together researchers, librarians, and fans of Terry Pratchett's work. This workshop will establish a network of interested parties and determine the nature of larger, future projects and events based around Pratchett's work.
- Funding Agency
- Trinity Long Room Hub
- Date From
Board member of the Children's Research Network (CRN)
Vice President of the Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature
Member of the Editorial Board for Roundtable.
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
External Examiner for Dominika Nycz (PhD) University of Chichester
External examiner for MLitt in Children's Literature students at Newcastle University
Awards and Honours
Provost's PhD Project Award
Sassoon Visiting Fellowship, Bodleian Library
IRCHSS PhD Award
Vice-president of the Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature
Board member of the Children's Research Network (CRN)
Fellow of the Higher Education Association, UK