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Zoe Jaques

Position/Status

University Lecturer in Children’s Literature
Fellow of Homerton College

E-mail Address

zj216@cam.ac.uk

Phone

+ 44 (0)1223 767683

Qualifications

  • BA (hons) English Literature
  • MA English Studies
  • PhD in English Literature

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

    Fellowships

  • 2017 Louise Betchel Visiting Professorship. Baldwin Library, University of Florida
  • 2015 Jacqueline M. Albers Guest Scholar in Children's Literature. Reinberger Children's Library, Kent State University
  • 2013 Katharine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Descriptive Bibliography.
    Houghton Library, Harvard University.
  • 2011 Limited Editions Club Endowment Fellowship.
    Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin.

    Memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Children's Book History Society
  • Children’s Literature Association
  • International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts
  • International Board on Books for Young People
  • International Research Society for Children’s Literature
  • Modern Language Association 
  • Lewis Carroll Society

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Profile

Zoe Jaques is the author of Children’s Literature and the Posthuman (Routledge, 2015) and co-author of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass: A Publishing History (Ashgate, 2013). These books reflect her diverse interests in the history of children’s books and illustration and the intersections of children’s literature and film with literary theory and philosophy. Zoe has written journal articles and book chapters on works by Charles Kingsley, Lewis Carroll, J. R. R. Tolkien, Tove Jansson, Philip Pullman, J. K. Rowling, Rick Riordan, and Suzanne Collins. Her research interests span fiction for children from 1800 to the present, and in particular how children’s fantasy participates in questions of what it means to be human. Her work has engaged with critical thinking on the sublime, Darwinism, ecocriticism, gender, cyborg theory, the history of the book, and animal studies. Her research has been funded by the British Academy and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, which permitted her to consider appropriations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Japan. She has received research fellowships from the Houghton Library, Harvard University, and the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin.

Previously Zoe was a postdoctoral research fellow at Anglia Ruskin University. Before coming to Cambridge Zoe taught children’s literature at Birkbeck College, London, with Michael Rosen and at Anglia Ruskin University with Farah Mendelsohn.

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Research Topics

  • Intersections of children’s literature and philosophy (in particular animal studies, ecocriticism, and posthumanism)
  • Children’s film and adaptation (Disney studies, in particular)
  • Visualising childhood
  • History of the book

Prospective PhD Applications

Zoe welcomes contact from prospective PhD students on any topics broadly concerning children’s literature, in particular in the following areas:

  • Animal studies
  • Animation
  • Ecocriticism and nature studies
  • Literary theory
  • Fantasy
  • Illustration
  • Posthumanism

Current Research Project(s)

  • Cambridge History of Children's Literature in English
  • Entomology and the Child Reader
  • Visualizing Victorian childhoods, 1830-1900

Current PhD Students

Supervisor:

  • Emma Reay: Untouchable Texts: Getting to grips with children's video games
  • Madison McLeod: Neverland, Hogwarts and the Downworld: The evolution of London as a posthuman space in children's literature. 
  • Catherine Olver: Fantasy, the sense and the mastery of nature
  • Xiangyi Zha: A critical study of metaleptic picturebooks
  • Meghanne Flynn: Defining a tradition for young adult supernatural romance literature
  • Nard Choi: Exploring Tanzanian students experiences of engaging with English language texts in school library spaces.
  • Amy Webster: The 'Classic' series in children's fiction
  •  Margarita Meimaridi: Entering the contact zone: encountering the animal in children's fantasy fiction. 

Advisor:

  • Anna Purkiss: Representations of disability in children's fiction
  • Brianna McDaniel: Representations of race in children's picturebooks
  • Jin Wang: Heterotopia and multiuniverse in novels by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Lisa Kazianka: Masculinity in Arthurian mythology for children
  • Madeleine Hunter: Repetition and replication: twenty-first century childhood in adaptation
  • Maya Zakrewska-Pim: Charles Dickens for children: conveying cultural heritage through adaptations 
  • Anna Savoie: Minority young adult literature and the adolescent reader
  • Jennifer Aggleton: An exploration of children's responses to illustrations in novels
  • Tyler Shores: Reading from page to screen - the effects of digital technology on student reading practices
  • Sarah Hardstaff: Hidden economies and secret societies: the politics of agency in Mildred Taylor's Logan novels and Cynthia Voigt's Tillerman novels.

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  • Postgraduate
    • PhD Leadership team 
    • Course co-ordinator for the MPhil in 'Critical Approaches to Children's Literature'
    • Lecturer on Research Methods and Educational Research
    • PhD Supervisor and Advisor
  • Undergraduate
    • Co-ordinator of Undergraduate paper in Part II, 'Children and Literature'

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Principal and Recent Publications

Books / Collections:

Jaques, Z. (2015). Children’s Literature and the Posthuman. London, Routledge.

Jaques, Z. & B. Sundmark. Eds. (2015) ‘Machines, Monsters and Animals: Posthuman Children’s Literature.’ Special issue of Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature.

Jaques, Z. &, E. Giddens (2013). Lewis Carroll’s Alice: a publishing history. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Selected Articles / Chapters:

Jaques, Z. (2017). 'Pullman, Pets and Posthuman Animals: The Daemon-child of His Dark Materials. In A. Feuerstein & C. Nolte-Odhiambo (eds). Childhood and Pethood: Representation, Subjectivity and the Cultural Politics of Power. New York: Routledge, 109-123.

Jaques, Z. (2017). 'Controlling the Wild Things: Child Governance and Animal Sufferance'. In C. Kelen & B. Sundmark (eds). Child Governance and Autonomy in Children's Literature. London: Routledge, 150-172.

Jaques, Z. (2015). Tiny dots of cold green: pastoral nostalgia and the state of nature in Tove Jansson’s The Moomins and the Great Flood. The Lion and the Unicorn, 38(2), 200-216.

Jaques, Z. (2014). This huntress who delights in arrows: the female archer in children’s fiction’. In L. Campbell (Ed.), A quest of her own: the female hero in modern fantasy (pp. 150-171). Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company.

Jaques, Z. (2013). There and back again: the gendered journey of Tolkien’s hobbits.’ In. P. Hunt (Ed.), J. R. R. Tolkien (pp. 88-105). London: Palgrave.

Jaques, Z. (2013). Arboreal myths: dryadic transformations, children’s literature, and fantastic trees. In I. Gildenhard, & A. Zissos (Eds.), Transformative change in Western thought: a history of metamorphosis from Homer to Hollywood (pp. 163-182). Oxford: Legenda.

Jaques, Z. (2012). States of nature in His Dark Materials and Harry Potter. Topic, 57, 1-16.