Prof Jean Webb


Professor of International Children's Literature

English Media and Culture

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tel: 01905 85 5459

Jean Webb is Director of the International Forum for Research in Childrens Literature which provides a focus for literary, cultural and socio-historical scholarly enquiry into writing for children, internationally. She teaches a broad range of undergraduate modules on nineteenth and twentieth century literature, and is responsible for specialist modules in children's literature. She is also co-ordinator for postgraduate research students within the Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts and is an experienced PhD supervisor and examiner.

Jean has given conference papers and keynote lectures across the world: she is a Board member of the International Research Society for Children's Literature and the Children's Literature Association, India and was an Executive Board Member of ChLA, 2010-2013. She was a contributor to the British Academy-funded research project Reading Fictions: how representations of books and readers in children's literature reflect perceptions of the power and purpose of literacy (2011-2014).

Jean's publications include: (with Deborah Cogan Thacker) Introducing Children's Literature: Romanticism to Postmodernism, London, Routledge, 2002; the edited collection A Noble Unrest: contemporary essays on the work of George MacDonald, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007; A.A. Milne's poetic world of childhood in When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six in Louise Joy (ed) Poetry and Childhood Trentham, 2010; Food: Changing Approaches to Food in the Construction of Childhood in Western Culture in Yan Wu, Kerry Mallan, Roderick McGillis, (Eds.) (Re)imagining the World: Children's literature's response to changing times, Springer 2013; and 'Picture Books and Multiple Readings: When We Lived in Uncles Hat by Peter Stamm and Juta Bauer.' Evelyn Arzipe, Maureen Farrell, Julie McAdam (ed) Picturebooks Beyond the Borders of Art, Narrative and Culture Routledge, 2013.

Jean is convening Creating Childhoods the 22nd Biennial Congress of IRSCL to be held at the University of Worcester, August 8th-12th, 2015.