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Zoe Jaques


University Lecturer in Children’s Literature
Fellow of Homerton College

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+ 44 (0)1223 767683


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

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations


  • 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.


  • 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
  • Lewis Carroll Society

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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)

  • Visualizing Victorian childhoods, 1830-1900
  • Lewis Carroll and the practice of vivisection
  • Childhood and pethood: the case of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials

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  • Postgraduate
    • Course co-ordinator for the MPhil in 'Critical Approaches to Children's Literature'
    • Lecturer on Research Methods and Educational Research
    • PhD Supervisor and Advisor -
      Current PhD Students: Maggie Meimaridi: 'Animal Bodies and Philosophy in Children’s Literature'.
  • 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. (2014). 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.