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  • B.A. (British Columbia)
  • MA (York)
Terry Doughty

Children's and Young Adult Literature, Speculative Fiction, Myth, Folk/fairy tale, modern European Literature in translation, and Victorian Literature

I do not separate my teaching and my research activities: in teaching I learn better ways to direct my research, and in researching I encounter ideas and information that enrich my teaching.  The classroom is a contact zone: individuals with varied knowledge and cultural backgrounds come together to explore ways of thinking and being in the world, as well as the ways in which literary and other texts (including our own) communicate these ideas.  The two things I value most highly in the classroom are curiosity and engagement.  I have been described by students as challenging yet fair.  As such, I will indeed demand your best, but I will also provide as much assistance as possible to help you if you want it.

I have delivered conference papers and published on nineteenth-century girl culture, the New Woman, women in nineteenth-century journalism, children’s literature, fantasy literature, and literary fairy tales. My publications include Knowing Their Place? Identity and Space in Children’s Literature (Cambridge Scholars 2011), co-edited with my colleague Dawn Thompson. More recent publications include an article on Bessie Marchant's World War I fiction in Women's Writing, vol. 25, no. 1, 2018 and book chapters on intergenerational collaborations in the work of Brian Selznick (Solidarity in Children's Literature and Film, ed. Justyna Deszcz-Tryhubczak & Zoe Jaques, University Press of Mississippi, 2021) and a relational poetics of plant-human interactions in early twentieth-century picture books (Plants in Children's and Young Adult Literature, edited by Melanie Duckworth & Lykke Guanio-Uluru, Routledge, 2022). Currently I am continuing to work on environmental topics in children's and young adult literature. I am happy to work with students on any of my areas of interest.