Dr Louise Joy, Homerton

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Biographical Information:

I am a fellow and Director of Studies (Part I) at Homerton College, where I have been a Lecturer in English since 2006. I completed my PhD and MPhil at the University of Cambridge, following an undergraduate degree at the University of Bristol. In 2013 I was a CRASSH Early Career Fellow, and in 2015 will hold a visiting research fellowship at Princeton.

Research Interests:

My research interests are primarily rooted in, but are not limited to, the literature and intellectual history of the long eighteenth century. My work is concerned in various ways with relationships between literature and education. My first book considers how literary texts position the child reader as a kind of critic, analysing the nature of the critical work which literature invites the child reader to undertake and reflecting on the kinds of critics which childhood reading trains. My second book provides a new theoretical account of eighteenth-century didacticism by examining the ways in which certain works from the period seek to educate by fostering scrutiny of, while operating on, the reader's emotions. I am interested in finding productive ways of bringing together ideas and approaches from literary studies, philosophy, political theory, and the history and theory of education to put pressure on some of the concepts to which my work seeks to contribute understanding. These include: didacticism; enlightenment; education; criticism; scepticism; conversation; emotion; childhood; children's literature; happiness; idealism; progressivism.

Areas of Graduate Supervision:

I teach on the MPhil in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies and the MPhil in Critical Approaches to Children's Literature (Education Faculty). I welcome applications from graduate students interested in working on any of the above.


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Selected Publications