Curriculum/subject area


Current work



Authored books:

  • Diana Wynne Jones and the Children's Fantastical Tradition (Routledge, 2005)
  • Rhetorics of Fantasy(Wesleyan University Press, 2007).

Edited books:

  • Terry Pratchett, Guilty of Literature (2000)
  • Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (2004)
  • On Joanna Russ (2009).

Articles and chapters in edited books:

  • 'Crowning the King: Harry Potter and the Construction of Authority' in The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter.

Referred articles:

'Rhetorics of Fantasy', Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (2003)

Editorships Foundation, the International Review of Science Fiction, 2001-2007

Honours and Prizes

  • Hugo Award 2005
  • BSFA Award 2004
  • President of the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts 2007-2010
  • Chair of the Science Fiction Foundation, 1998-2004
  • Non-fiction writing
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Children's literature
  • Genre publishing
  • Science Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Children's literature
  • Communities of literature


Current projects:

Geoffrey Trease and the teaching of history

An introduction to Children's Fantasy Literature