Jane Carroll is the Ussher Assistant Professor in Children’s Literature at Trinity College Dublin and the Director of the MPhil in Children’s Literature. Her teaching and research interests centre on children’s literature, landscape, and material culture in fiction. She has 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. She is currently working on a new project on material culture in late nineteenth and early twentieth century children’s texts.
After reading English at St Anne’s College, Oxford, I trained as a journalist at City University, London. I subsequently worked on the business desk at The Times for two years, as a media assistant to a London MEP during the European elections in 2009, and for House of Lords Hansard. I returned to Oxford for postgraduate study in 2010 and completed my doctorate, ‘Seamus Heaney and Society, 1964 – 1994’, in 2014. I held stipendiary lectureships in English at St Hugh’s and St Anne’s Colleges in 2014-15, teaching a range of courses on literature in English post-1830, before joining the School of English at TCD in September 2015.
Brian completed his doctoral research project with the School of English in Trinity College Dublin on the construction of Irish identity in Irish-American children’s literature and film. He was an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholar during this period and undertook research trips to the Walt Disney Archives and Yale University. Brian currently teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the School of English at Trinity College. Brian is the Secretary of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature, with special responsibility for the society’s successful podcast series (https://issclblog.wordpress.com/podcasts/).