Dr Catherine Butler

Dr Catherine Butler

Senior Lecturer

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44(0)29 208 75971
2.41, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

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.

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