Professor Karin Lesnik-Oberstein

Professor Karin Lesnik-Oberstein, MA (Bristol), MA (Amsterdam), PGCE (Amsterdam), PhD (Bristol)

Director of CIRCL and Coordinator of the M(Res.) in Children’s Literature

Karin Lesnik-Oberstein has taught Children’s Literature to undergraduates and post-graduates at the universities of Oxford, Roehampton, Warwick, and Reading. Her research interests are in critical theory, cultural studies, and feminist theory. Karin’s publications in the field include:

Karin’s books:

[new]Published by Palgrave publishers in 2015 is CIRCL’s new volume, edited, introduced and first chapter by Professor Karin Lesnik-Oberstein and including chapters by other CIRCL members including Dr Sue Walsh and Dr Neil Cocks: Rethinking Disability Theory and Practice: Challenging Essentialism.

Children’s Literature: Criticism and the Fictional Child
Clarendon Press, 1994, repr. 2000.
Children in Culture: Approaches to Childhood
as editor and contributor, Macmillan (now Palgrave)/ St Martin’s Press, 1998,
now available on demand from the publisher; with contributions from other CIRCL members.
‘Children in Literature’, volume 32 of the ‘Yearbook of English Studies’
as editor and contributor, Maney Publishing for the Modern Humanities Research Association, 2002; with contributions from other CIRCL members.
Children’s Literature: New Approaches
as editor and contributor, with contributions from other CIRCL members.
Palgrave, 2004.
[book cover new approaches]
The Last Taboo: Women and Body Hair
as editor and contributor, with contributions from other CIRCL members
Manchester University Press, 2006.The Last Taboo is also in paperback (republished in paperback in 2011)!See now in 2018 the first advert showing hair on women’s bodies before shaving!
[book cover last taboo]
On Having an Own Child: Reproductive Technologies and the Cultural Construction of Childhood, Karnac Books, 2008. [book cover babies]
Children in Culture, Revisited: Further Approaches to Childhood as editor and contributor, with contributions from other CIRCL members. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. [book cover cic2]

Karin’s articles and chapters in the field include:

‘Defining Children’s Literature and Childhood’ in: Peter Hunt (ed.), The International Companion Encyclopaedia of Children’s Literature, Routledge, 1996.

‘Children’s Literature and the Environment’, in: Neil Sammels and Richard Kerridge (eds), Writing the Environment, Zed Books, 1997.

‘The Body of the Child in Dutch and English Children’s Literature’ in: Cedric Brown and Therese Fischer-Seidel (eds), Cultural Negotiations: Sichtweisen des Anderen, A. Francke Verlag, Tubingen, (Germany), 1998.

‘Fantasy, Literature,and Childhood: In Pursuit of Wonderlands’, in: Barbara White and Ceri Sullivan (eds), Writing Fantasy, Longman, 1999.

The editing and introducing (with Tony Watkins and Catriona Nicholson) of the January 1999 volume (23.1) of The Lion and the Unicorn on ‘Contemporary British Children’s Literature’.

‘The Psychopathology of Everyday Children’s Literature Criticism’, in: Cultural Critique, vol. 45, Autumn 2000, 222-42.

Oliver Twist: The Narrator’s Tale’, in: Textual Practice, March 2001, 87-100.

(co-authored with Dr Stephen Thomson): ‘What is Queer Theory Doing with the Child?’, in: Parallax, vol. 8, no. 1, 2002, 35-46.

‘Holiday House: Grist to The Mill on the Floss or Childhood as Text’, in: ‘Children in Literature’ ,special section of The Yearbook of English Studies, ed. Karin Lesnik-Oberstein, Volume 32, Number 1, 1 January 2002 , pp. 77-94.

‘On “Wanting a Child”, or: An Idea of Desire’, in: Indeterminate Bodies, eds. Naomi Segal, Lib Taylor and Roger Cook, Palgrave, 2003.

‘The Philosophical Investigations’ Children’, in Educational Philosophy and Theory, 4:35, October 2003, 381-94.

‘The Owned Child and Commodification’, in New Antigone, 1:1, October 2005, 20-7.

‘Children’s Literature’, an overview article for the on-line Literary Encylopedia, 25-08-2008.

‘Childhood, Queer Theory, and Feminism’ in Feminist Theory, 11:3, December 2010, 309-21.

‘Motherhood, Evolutionary Psychology and Mirror Neurons or: “Grammar is Politics by Other Means”‘, in Feminist Theory, May 2015, doi: 10.1177/1464700115586514

‘Children’s Literature: Sexual Identity, Gender and Childhood’, in BREAC (this article can be read for free online at this link), 2016.

‘Gender, childhood and children’s literature: the CIRCL approach’, Asian Women, 32 (2), 2016, pp. 1-26. ISSN 1225-925X doi: 10.14431/aw.2016.06.32.2.1

Karin Lesnik-Oberstein teaches the Theory Core Course of the M(Res.) in Children’s Literature, convenes the Myth and Folktale option module and contributes to the Nineteenth Century Children’s Literature core course. She is also the designer and web-mistress of this web-site.

Karin being awarded the Faculty Student Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning 2010 (on 1st July 2010). Karin was also awarded the Reading Student Union Excellence in Teaching Award as Personal Tutor in 2015.

[teaching award Karin photo]

E-mail address: K.B.Lesnik-Oberstein@reading.ac.uk

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