Dr Catherine Butler

Dr Catherine Butler

Senior Lecturer

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Email:
butlerc6@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 208 75971
Location:
2.41, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision

I joined Cardiff University in 2015, having previous worked at the University of the West of England in Bristol. I specialize in children's literature, but have published in various areas of English.

I am the author of several monographs and the editor of five academic volumes, as well as having published six novels for children and young adults. I am also editor of the journal, Children’s Literature in Education.

I am part of the School's English Literature research group.

2018

2017

2015

2014

2013

2012

  • Alston, A. and Butler, C. eds. 2012. Roald Dahl. New Casebooks. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Butler, C. and O'Donovan, H. 2012. Reading history in children's books. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Butler, C. 2012. Reflecting on Reflections. In: Jones, D. W. ed. Reflections: On the Magic of Writing. Oxford: David Fickling Books, pp. ix-xviii.
  • Butler, C. 2012. A conversation with Diana Wynne Jones. In: Jones, D. W. ed. Reflections: On the Magic of Writing. Oxford: David Fickling Books, pp. 255-279.
  • Butler, C. 2012. Modern children’s fantasy. In: James, E. and Mendlesohn, F. eds. The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature. Cambridge Companions to Literature Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 224-235.
  • Butler, C. 2012. Introduction. In: Alston, A. and Butler, C. eds. Roald Dahl: A New Casebook. New Casebooks Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-13.

2011

  • Butler, C. 2011. Psychological approaches to children’s literature. In: Grenby, M. O. and Reynolds, K. eds. Children's Literature Studies: A Research Handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 171-177.
  • Butler, C. 2011. Postmodernism. In: Grenby, M. O. and Reynolds, K. eds. Children's Literature Studies: A Research Handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 178-184.
  • Butler, C. 2011. Film adaptation: the case of The Secret Garden. In: Grenby, M. O. and Reynolds, K. eds. Children's Literature Studies: A Research Handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 195-205.

2010

2009

2008

  • Butler, C. 2008. After the Inklings. In: Wells, S. ed. The Ring Goes Ever on - Proceedings of the Tolkien 2005 Conference: v. 1&2: 50 Years of The Lord of the Rings, Vol. 1. Coventry: The Tolkien Society, pp. 238-242.

2007

2006

2005

2004

2002

2001

1998

  • Butler, C. 1998. Timon’s tide. A Dolphin paperback. London: Orion Children's.

1997

1996

1995

  • Butler, C. 1995. Introduction. In: Butler, C. ed. Female Replies to Swetnam the Woman-Hater.. For Her Own Good: A Series of Conduct Books Thoemmes Continuum, pp. v-xli.

1993

My current teaching is primarily in children's literature, which I teach both from the point of view of academic criticism and as a branch of creative writing.

My research is centred on children’s literature, especially fantasy and historical fiction. Other research interests include: 

  • gender identity
  • the relationship of the academy to creative authors and ‘lay’ readers
  • fan fiction

I welcome informal queries from potential PhD students whose plans overlap with any of my listed interests.

Current supervision

Eris Leigh

Research student

Debbie Gascoyne

Research student