School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Professor Kim Reynolds

Professor of Children's Literature

Background

Kimberley Reynolds specialises in Children's Literature Studies. She was President of the International Research Society for Children's Literature 2003-7 and in 2013 received the International Brothers Grimm Award for contributions to the subject. She two of her books have received the prestigious Children's Literature Association Book Award, and she was the first Honorary Senior Fellow of the Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence in the History of Emotions. Kim sits on a number of influential boards and committees in the UK and internationally. She was been a Trustee of Seven Stories, the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature from 2004 to 2016 and served on both the V&A Trustees' committee with responsibility for the Museum of Childhood the board of the charity Booktrust (Chair 2004-8) for 10 years. She was a founder-member of the UK's Children's Laureate on whose steering committee she continues to sit, and has advised and contributed to many children's literature broadcasts, programmes, films, blogs and other projects, including for the British Library and the British Council.

Background

After completing her doctoral research in nineteenth-century juvenile fiction at the University of Sussex, Kim took up a post at what is now the Roehampton University where she and a colleague developed the successful MA in Children's Literature. In 1991 she conceived and established the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (then called the Children's Literature Research Centre) which, under her direction, was awarded a Queen's Prize for Further and Higher Education 2000-2004. She led 4 national studies of young people's reading habits; the Children's Literature International Summer School, and conceived and obtained funding for the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation. She has organised a number of national and international conferences. In 2000 she was made the UK's second Professor of Children's Literature.

Roles and Responsibilities

Kim is now part-time and no longer delivers taught courses, though she still supervises some doctoral students.  Kim is an experienced and committed supervisor. To date she has seen 24 doctoral students through to successful completion and has a further 4 students at various stages in their research. She has supervised on a wide range of topics, from historic children’s literature through comparative studies (Greece, Cyprus, Taiwan, India and Korea), genre-based research, creative writing and digital children’s literature.

Area of expertise

Children's literature, especially late-nineteenth to mid twentieth centuries

Qualifications

BA (C.W. Post College, Long Island University); BA, MA, PhD, all from Sussex, all in English Literature/nineteenth-century

Previous Positions

Lecturer, Ealing College of Higher Education, Department of English
Lecturer/Reader/Professor, University of Roehampton, School of English and Modern Literature

Memberships

International Research Society for Children's Literature (Past President)

Children's Literature Association

Children's Books History Society

British IBBY


Honours and Awards

Senior Honorary Fellow, Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence in the History of Emotions
International Brothers Grimm Award (2013) from the International Institute for Children's Literature, Osaka (1 million yen)
Major Leverhulme Research Fellowship, ‘Modernism, the Left, and progressive writing for children, 1900 – 1945’ (2011 – 2013)
Children's Literature Association Book Award 2009 for 'Radical Children's Literature: Future Visions and Aesthetic Transformations' (Palgrave, 2007) and 2018 for 'Left out: the forgotten tradition of radical publishing for children in Britain, 1910-1949'
Queen's Prize for Further and Higher Education awarded to National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (2000-2004)

Languages

English

Informal Interests

Swimming, walking

 

Research

Research Interests

Children's Literature Studies.

Other Expertise

Childhood Studies; Modernism

Current Work

Radical and avant-garde children's literature; circuses in children's literature

Postgraduate Supervision

Successfully sypervised 24 students; currently working with 2 doctoral students. These have spanned a range of projects including  a study of self-harm in YA fiction; trauma writing in Greek-Cypriot children's literature; the relationship between PC games and juvenile narrative; the environment in children's fiction;  twentieth-century developments in historical fiction for children; a comparison of British and Greek periodicals for girls in the C19th and their construction of adolescence;  the politics of clothing in Golden Age children's fiction; an evaluation of convergence culture in relation to turn of the millennium fantasy fiction; a reappraisal of working-class writers of the 1960s and 1970s; the fiction of Margaret Mahy and Diana Wynne Jones; the juvenilia of Judith Kerr and Tomi Ungerer; early children's popular print culture, and two creative writing theses focusing.

Esteem Indicators

Received the International Brothers Grimm Award for contributions to Children's Literature 2013 (1 million yen)

Awarded the 2009 Children's Literature Association Book Award for 'Radical Children's Literature: Future Visions and Aesthetic Transformations' and 2018 for Left Out: The Forgotten Tradition of Radical Publishing for Children 1910-1949
Elected President of the International Research Society for Children's Literature (2003-7); on the board for 10 years
Elected to the International Committee of the Children's Literature Association 2008-1010

Selected to serve on the Book Award judging panel of the Children's Literature Association 20010-2012; chaired the board 2012-2013
On the boards of several key journals
Regular keynote speaker at international conferences
Invited to participate in major publishing projects

Invited to contribute to/advise on new academic programmes, media broadcasts and programmes, films and theatre productions 

Funding

Awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council; Arts Council of England; Leverhulme; British Academy, Daiwa Foundation; British National Bibliographical R&D Foundation

Teaching

I am no longer teaching

Publications