Dr. Lissa Paul

Professor (PhD), Department of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies in Education

Sabbatical leave July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018.

Dr. Lissa Paul, Faculty of Education, Brock University

St. Catharines, ON
Office: WH 379
905 688 5550 x5198

  • EDUC 3F00: Curriculum Theory and Design
  • EDUC 4P05: Critical Literacies in the Humanities and the Social Sciences
  • EDUC 5P19: Children’s Literature and Theory in Education
  • EDUC 5P25: Gendering Educational Histories
  • Children’s literature
  • Literary theories
  • Feminist theories
  • Post-colonial discourse
  • Cultural studies
  • Diversity
  • Eighteenth-century studies

SSHRC Insight Grant (2016-21): Hunting for Mrs. Fenwick: 1766-1840: Her Life and Letters. Lissa is using the award to complete her biography of Eliza Fenwick and to produce a scholarly edition of her letters. Both to be Published by the University of Toronto Press. 


Children’s Literature and Culture of The First World War. Ed  Lissa Paul, Rosemary Ross Johnston, and Emma Short Rutledge 2016.

The Children’s Book Business: Lessons from the Long Eighteenth Century. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Keywords for Children’s Literature. Ed. Phil Nel and Lissa Paul. New York: New York University Press, 2011.

The Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature (2005). Jack Zipes, General Editor. Lissa Paul and Lynne Vallone. Associate General Editors. Peter Hunt and Gillian Avery, Editors.

Reading Otherways (1998). Stroud: Thimble Press, 1998. American edition published by Calendar Island Press, 1999. Finalist for the F. Harvey Darton criticism award.

Growing with Books: Children’s Literature in the Formative Years and Beyond (1988). Ontario: Ministry of Education,. The initial print run of 60,000. Was distributed to all elementary librarians and teachers in Ontario. Content editor and wrote about a third of the text.

Parts of Books

“Poems in the Nursery,” co-authored with Andrea Immel. Oxford Handbook of British Poetry. Ed. Jack Lynch. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2016: 88-107.

Ted Hughes and the ‘Old Age of Childhood,” Poetry and Childhood .Ed. Morag Styles. London: Trentham 2010: 33-44.

Translation into Greek of “Feminism Revisited” (first published in 2005). Understanding Children’s Literature, ed. Peter Hunt. Athens: Mataichmio Publications, 2010: 227-47.

“Dancing in the Hall of Mirrors,” Reading the Novels of Aidan Chambers: Seven Essays. Ed. N. Chambers. Stroud: The Thimble Press, 2009: 62-72.

“Signal Poetry Award Essay,” co-authored with Bob Barton. Poetry for Children: The Signal Poetry Award 1979-2001. Ed. Nancy Chambers. Reprinted from Signal May 1998: Stroud: Thimble Press, 2009: 326-46.

“Learning to be Literate,” Cambridge Companion to Children’s Books. Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2009: 126-41.

“Multicultural Agendas,” Children’s Literature: Approaches and Territories. Ed. Janet Maybin and Nicola J. Watson. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan and the Open University, 2009: 84-99.

“Feminism Revisited.” International Companion Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature. 2nd edition. Routledge. 2004. Reprinted in Understanding Children’s Literature. Second Edition. Ed. Peter Hunt. London: Routledge, 2005: 114-127.

“Beatrix Potter and John Everett Millais: Reproductive Technologies and Coolhunting,” Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit: A Children’s Classic at 100. Ed. Margaret Mackey. Lanham Maryland: The Children’s Literature Association and The Scarecrow Press, 2002: 53-75.

“The Children’s Ted Hughes,” Ted Hughes: Lire New Selected Poems 1957-1994. Ed. Joanny Moulin. Paris: L’Editions du Temps, 1999: 43-53.

“Postmodernism is Over. Something Else is Here. What?” Transcending Boundaries. Ed. Sandra Beckett. New York: Garland, 1999: 239-53.

“Coming to Sing Their Being: The Poetry of Grace Nichols,” Girls Boys Books, Toys: Gender in Children’s Literature and Culture. Eds. Beverly Lyon Clark and Margaret Higonnet. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1999: 83-96.

“From Sex-role Stereotyping to Subjectivity,” International Companion Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature. Ed. Peter Hunt. London: Routledge, 1996: 101-112. Reprinted in Understanding Children’s Literature: Key Essays from the International Encyclopaedia of Children’s Literature. Ed. Peter Hunt. London: Routledge, 1999: 112-23.

“Gender Wars,” Reading the Difference: Gender and Reading in Elementary Classrooms. Eds. Myra Barrs and Sue Pigeon. London: Centre for Language in Primary Education, 1993. Subsequently published in the US by Stenhouse and in Canada by Pembroke, 1994: 75-80.

“Intimations of Imitations: Mimesis, Fractal Geometry and Children’s Literature,” Literature for Children: Contemporary Criticism. Ed. Peter Hunt. London: Routledge, 1992: 67-77. Reprinted from Signal.

“Enigma Variations: What Feminist Theory Knows about Children’s Literature,” Children’s Literature: The Development of Criticism. Ed. Peter Hunt. London: Routledge, 1990: 148-65. Reprinted from Signal.

Twentieth Century Children’s Writers. London: St. James Press, 1989. Entries on Janet Lunn and Ann Thwaite.

“What Magritte Saw” (poem), The Swift Current Anthology. Eds. Frank Davey and Fred Wah. Toronto: Coach House Press, 1986.

Scholarly Articles

“Sex and the Children’s Book,” The Lion and the Unicorn. April 2005. Invited.

“Writing Poetry for Children is a Curious Occupation,” The Horn Book. May/June 2005: 257-67. Invited

“Are Children’s Book Publishers Changing the Way Children Read? A Pocket History,” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 28, 3 (Fall 2003): 137-39. Invited

“Celebrating Signal,” The Horn Book (July/August 2003): 431-439. Invited.

“Consuming Passions: Or Why I’m Obsessed with L’Ogresse en Pleurs,” Signal 100 (August 2003): 173-90. Invited.

“Knives,” The Looking-Glass <www.the-looking-glass.net/v7i3/illuminatingtexts2.html>. July 2003. Invited.

“The Man in Black on the Woman in White: Ted Hughes on Emily Dickinson,” Cercles: Revue plus disciplinaires du monde Anglophon. <www.Circles.com>. 2/2001. Invited.

“Boutique Inclusiveness in Literacy Education,” Signal 93 (September 2000): 192-204. This is an updated, revised version of “The Naked Truth About Being Literate,” Language Arts 77. Invited.

“The Return of the Iron Man,” The Horn Book March/April 2000: 218-25. Invited.

“The Naked Truth About Being Literate,” Language Arts 77,4 (March 2000): 335-42. Invited.

“Boy Stories, Girl Stories,” Orbit: OISE/UofT’s Magazine for Schools 30,3 (1999): 8-12. Invited.