Dr Catherine Butler
I joined Cardiff University in 2015, having previous worked at the University of the West of England in Bristol. My first academic interest was in Renaissance poetry but I now specialize in children's literature.
I am the author of two monographs and the editor of five academic volumes, as well as having published six novels for children and young adults. I am also associate editor of the journal Children’s Literature in Education.
I am part of the School's English Literature research theme.
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.