Dr Sue Walsh, BA (UEA), MA (Sussex), PGCE (Leeds), PhD (Reading)
Sue completed her PhD on children’s literature (her thesis was on: ‘Untheming the Theme: The Child in Wolf’s Clothing’) at Reading. Sue already taught on the MA as a post-graduate student, and was appointed to a full-time lectureship in the Department from October 2002. Sue teaches extensively on the M(Res.) in Children’s Literature, as well as more widely in general in the Department. Her research interests are in the areas of critical theory, philosophy, and cultural studies, particularly with regards to ideas of childhood and writings on animal liberation.
Sue’s publications in the field include:
Sue Walsh, Kipling’s Children’s Literature: Language, Identity and Constructions of Childhood (Ashgate, 2010)
Chapters and articles:
Article: ‘Animal/ Child: It’s the “Real” Thing’ in: Karin Lesnik-Oberstein (ed.), Yearbook of English Studies on ‘Children in Literature’, vol. 32, 2002.
Article: ‘”Irony? – But children don’t get it do they?” The Idea of Appropriate Language for the Child in the Criticism of Kipling’s Children’s Literature’ , in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, for the special issue on ‘Narrative Theories and Practices in Children’s and Young Adult Literature’, Spring 2003.
Chapter: ‘Effigies of Effie’ in Karin Lesnik-Oberstein (ed.), Children’s Literature: New Approaches, Palgrave, 2004.
Chapter: ‘Bikini Fur and Fur Bikinis’ in Karin Lesnik-Oberstein (ed.), The Last Taboo: Women and Body Hair, Manchester University Press, 2006.
Chapter: ‘Gothic Children’, The Routledge Companion to Gothic, (eds.) Catherine Spooner and Emma McEvoy, Routledge: London, 2007, pp. 183-191.
Chapter: ‘Reading the Child and Translating the Animal in Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli Stories’ in: Rimi B. Chatterjee and Nilanjana Gupta (eds.), Reading Children: Essays on Children’s Literature (Orient Black Swan: New Delhi, 2009), pp. 18-39.
Chapter: ‘Irony and the Child’ in Karin Lesnik-Oberstein (ed.), Children in Culture, Revisited: Further Approaches to Childhood, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp. 126-47.
Article: ‘The Child in Wolf’s Clothing: The Meanings of the “Wolf” and Questions of Identity in Jack London’s White Fang‘, European Journal of American Culture, 32:1, 2013, 55-77.
Article: ‘Nature faking and the problem of the “real”‘, ISLE: Interdisciplinary studies in Literature and Environment, 22 (1), 2013, pp. 132-153. ISSN 1076-0962 doi: 10.1093/isle/ist032
Article: ‘Gender and irony: children’s literature and its criticism’, Asian Women, 32 (2), 2016, pp. 91-110. ISSN 1225-925X doi: 10.14431/aw.2016.06.32.2.91
Sue convenes and teaches on the Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Children’s Literature core-course, as well as the options modules on North-American Children’s Literature and on Colonial and Postcolonial Children’s Literature. She also contributes to the MA’s Nineteenth Century Children’s Literature core course.
In 2013, Sue was awarded an University Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning.
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'Studying the Children’s Literature MA at Reading was a hugely challenging and rewarding experience for me. When I began the course I had no idea how much my own thinking, reading and argument would develop, so much so that by the end I considered continuing with a PhD. A year after completing the MA I won University Studentship funding to undertake a PhD at CIRCL. I would recommend the Children’s Literature MA to anybody who wishes to develop their critical thinking in any subject area, n...Helen Ainslie, CIRCL MA 2004-5, CIRCL PhD 2006-9
'I was nervous doing the course as a part-time student as I worried that I may be at a disadvantage. This was definitely not the case. The course is structured so well, and the support I received from [the MA staff] Karin, Neil and Sue (as well as the other students over both years) ensured that I was given the same opportunities, guidance and experience as everyone else. I have really enjoyed this degree and I can see that it has changed the way I think. I would recommend it to anyone who...Samantha Horsfield, CIRCL MA 2011-13 (part-time)
'The Reading MA in Children's Literature was a stimulating and thoroughly enjoyable experience for me. The course is intellectually demanding and wide-ranging in its approach to the field of children's literature and its cultural context. Though it focuses on the child in literature it is not restrictive. Many of the issues raised during the course of study are pertinent to all kinds of literature. There are ample opportunities for students to engage in discussion and to make their own con...Hilary Fraser, CIRCL MA 1999-2000, CIRCL PhD 2009
'With great support from the tutors and friends I have had a wonderful year in exploring and reconsidering the way I have been thinking all my life. In many ways it is my personal journey during which I have learnt a lot, not only about how to (or not to) find an answer but also about how to raise a question. As an international student I would like to say that the MA is very challenging, yet very liberating.'Sireethorn (Pam) Simawathna, CIRCL MA 2012-13
Dr Haiya Dong, CIRCL Visiting Scholar 2018-19 Interview
Dr Evdokia (Kia) Michalopoulou, CIRCL MA, CIRCL PhD
'My undergraduate degree was English Literature with Education Studies at the University of Cambridge and as part of that course I took a module in Children's Literature and absolutely loved it. I therefore decided to research MA courses so that I could further develop my interest. I was advised by my tutors at Cambridge that the most rigorous course was the one offered by the University of Reading and I was thrilled to be offered a place. During the MA the tutors were friendly and support...Hannah Smith (now: Anglin-Jaffe), CIRCL MA 2001-2, CIRCL PhD 2005
'Studying the MA in Children's Literature was an excellent introduction to and preparation for academic practice and further research as it provided me with an opportunity to engage in discussions surrounding the issues addressed by current researchers during CIRCL seminars in a nurturing and supportive environment.'Catrin Edwards, CIRCL MA 2006-7, CIRCL PhD 2010
“I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Always challenging, the course approached and encouraged me to deal with many issues in a rigorously academic way. The work on the course was always innovative and now I can see how the course changed the way I can think about problems and solutions in both academic and non-academic contexts. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to deal with their own and other’s assumptions in a thoughtful and explorative way."Christopher Johnson, CIRCL MA 2015-2016
The [M(Res)] seminars I attended in CIRCL during my one year’s visit are always inspiring and profound, which have greatly improved my research skills and changed my mindset for doing research in children’s literature. The seminars taught me to find the perspectives in the text we analysed and develop my own judgment, which is the most challenging yet most rewarding thing in doing research. From my own experience as a teacher, such seminars are most effective in forging critical and indepe...XU Derong (David), Associate Professor, Ocean University of China, CIRCL Academic Visiting Fellow, 2016-17
My one year’s visit in CIRCL is the most rewarding academic experience that I have ever had. I found the [M(Res.)] seminars very stimulating. With “positive reinforcement”, all the participants are encouraged and involved. I am always encouraged and inspired by the discussions that were held in the seminars, which are though-provoking and very interactive, heated sometimes yet always in a very pleasant and harmonious atmosphere. I am greatly indebted to Karin, Neil and Sue for their wonder...JIANG Jianli (Tina), Associate Professor, Qingdao Technological University, China, CIRCL Academic Visiting Fellow 2016-17
'I gained much more than I had expected from the MA. The course was not just about children's literature; it led me to reconsider the way I read, think, and argue. It prepared me for my PhD research and had an influence on my whole life. I can sincerely say that the MA in Children's Literature at Reading is worth attending, even if you need to travel all the way from the other side of the earth (which is more or less what I did, as an international student).'Yuko Ashitagawa, CIRCL MA 2001-2, CIRCL PhD 2002-5
Lisa Stallard, CIRCL MA 2011-12