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Dr. Jane Suzanne Carroll
Ussher Assistant Professor, English

Biography

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.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

"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, 2023, [Jane Suzanne Carroll] Book Chapter, 2023

Jane Carroll, Beatrix Carroll Kinsella, 'Screaming for Champions', The Banshee: The Leading Journal for Women who Scream, Oxford, 2022, 45 - 47 Fiction and creative prose, 2022

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, 2022

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, 2021

Jane Suzanne Carroll, Typography as Voice in Children's Visual Texts", Word and Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry, 2020 Journal Article, 2020

Jane Carroll, Storied Places and Emplaced Stories: Landscape in Welsh and Irish Fairy Tales, IBBYLink, Autumn 2020, (59), 2020, p32 - 36 Journal Article, 2020

'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, 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] Book Chapter, 2018

Jane Suzanne Carroll, The Victorians taught children about consumerism - and we can learn from them too, The Conversation, (April 27), 2017 Journal Article, 2017 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, 2015

'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, 2014

'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] Book Chapter, 2013

"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] Book Chapter, 2013

"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] Book Chapter, 2012

Jane Suzanne Carroll, Landscape in Children's Literature, London and New York, Routledge, 2012 Book, 2012 URL

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] Book Chapter, 2012

Jane Suzanne Carroll, "Its own space: Mindscape in Two Texts for Children" , The Journal of Children's Literature Studies,, 8, (1), 2011, p18 - 33 Journal Article, 2011

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Jane Carroll, 'Mongrel Country', Channel, 2020, - Fiction and creative prose, 2020 URL

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, 2018

Jane Suzanne Carroll, "Adventures in the Archive", University of Antwerp, 8th July, 2018 Invited Talk, 2018

Jane Suzanne Carroll, Pádraic Whyte, , 'Story Spinners: Irish Women & Children's Literature', Trinity College Dublin, Google Arts & Culture, 2018, - Exhibition, 2018 URL

Jane Suzanne Carroll, "Social Media: Practical Applications for Teaching and Research", , University English OGM, Senate House, London, 5th December , 2015, University English Invited Talk, 2015

Jane Suzanne Carroll, "'Remarkable and Perplexing Items': Material Culture in Victorian Children's Literature" , University of Aberystwyth, 4th November, 2015 Invited Talk, 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 Oral Presentation, 2015

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, 2014

Jane Suzanne Carroll, "Land Under Wave: The Landscape of Tiffany Aching" , Homerton College, Cambridge, 5th February, 2014 Invited Talk, 2014

Jane Suzanne Carroll, "Landscape History for Beginners", Children's Literature Oxford Colloquium, University of Oxford, 25th October, 2013 Invited Talk, 2013

Jane Suzanne Carroll, "The Way to Wonderland" , Wonderworlds of Children's Fantasy, University of Venice, Ca'Foscari, Venice, 5th-6th December , 2013 Invited Talk, 2013

Jane Suzanne Carroll, "Always Winter: C.S. Lewis and Irish Children's Literature", Liverpool Irish Festival, Liverpool Hope University, 15th November, 2012 Invited Talk, 2012

Research Expertise

Description

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.

Projects

  • Title
    • Maria Edgeworth in the Pollard Collection of children's books: constructing, collecting and conserving girlhood in the children's literature archive
  • Summary
    • This project interrogates concepts of girlhood as formed by Maria Edgeworth in her writing of children's stories, through a bibliographic study of Edgeworth's works held in the Pollard Collection of Children's Books at Trinity College Dublin. It focusses on Edgeworth as the Pollard Collection's most prolific author, using bibliography as a bridge to Edgeworth's texts, highlighting constructions of girlhood and femininity through the materiality of books and book production. Historical bibliographer Donald McKenzie (1986) states that bibliography must include both linguistic interpretation and historical explanation, creating a sociology of texts. I use bibliography to further Peter Hollindale's argument that childhood is as much a literary construction as it is a social construction, by arguing that "girlhood," is also a literary construct, and that it can be identified and traced within the texts, books and book collections written for and about girls (Vallone 1995, Rodgers 2016, Stewart 1993). I examine the Pollard Collection's many Edgeworth editions to show how past constructions inform current understandings of girlhood by presenting a timeline of girlhood highlighted through print culture; one that informs a girlhood experienced by female writers and girl readers in the course of a century. I show how the Edgeworth editions offer a trajectory of how girlhood is constructed or reconstructed over time, by the writer, the printer, and the implied girl reader. Through a combined methodology of textual analysis, girlhood studies, material culture, and book history, my examination of the editions shows how historical bibliography looks beyond Edgeworth's writing to the ideologies of girlhood that compelled her to write the stories, induced Pollard to collect them, and prompts scholars to consult them in the archive. This thesis provides insight into the writing, publishing and collecting practices that inform both Edgeworth's books and the collection as a whole.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Research Council
  • Date From
    • September 2021
  • Date To
    • September 2023
  • Title
    • Exploring Heritage Collections
  • Summary
    • A blended module including development of a digital learning environment involving Google Cultural Institute, and practical workshops, linking School of English undergraduates and industry partners' staff (who can earn a microcredential) to digitised special collections in the Library of Trinity College Dublin and key heritage institutions in Dublin including the National Library of Ireland, the Irish Film Institute, Marsh's Library, the Royal Irish Academy, the Hugh Lane Gallery, the National Visual Arts Library at NCAD, and Dublin City Library and Archive. Students and industry professionals will work together in a series of off-site workshops and through the digital learning environment. Drawing on materials digitised through this project, students and industry professionals will collaborate to create online exhibitions for wide public audiences, generating new digital pathways for the access and enjoyment of special collections in libraries, museums, and galleries. Students will avail of internships with partner organisations and develop and practice new, transferable skills for the workplace, addressing the need for future skilled workers in the heritage sector. This module enables professionals in partner organisations and beyond to adopt new technologies and digitisation initiatives to promote heritage resources and engage new audiences both nationally and internationally. This module responds agilely to Trinity's capacity to anticipate, understand and respond to emerging skills of the Heritage sector. This module promotes lifelong learning, affording new opportunities for professionals within the heritage sector to upskill and to enhance their skill sets.Dr Julie Bates is Co-PI on this project.
  • Funding Agency
    • Higher Education Authority
  • Date From
    • January 2021
  • Date To
    • December 2024
  • Title
    • Inscriptions in Children's Books, Ireland 1900 - 1925: The Collection and Preservation of Childhood Through Marginalia in the Pollard Collection of Children's Books
  • Summary
    • 9)Through focusing on the marginalia found within Pollard's collection with an emphasis on books published between 1900 and 1925, this thesis will establish how the collection preserves the childhood experience by examining the way in which the child reader utilises the book to express their own thoughts, knowledge and identities, and assesses the biographical traces of the child reader through the information which they include as part of their inscriptions. This study will use marginalia to uncover the geographical, social, and economic backgrounds of these child readers and use the marks they left on these books to evaluate the impact of national changes in Ireland on these children's lives.
  • Funding Agency
    • Trinity College Dublin
  • Date From
    • March 2021
  • Date To
    • March 2025
  • Title
    • The Pratchett Project
  • Summary
    • 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
    • 18/12/18

Keywords

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

Recognition

Representations

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

Awards and Honours

Sassoon Visiting Fellowship, Bodleian Library 2020

IRCHSS PhD Award 2009

National Forum Teaching Hero 2021 Award 27 April 2021

Memberships

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