Dr Shelley King

PhD Toronto

Head of the Department

Contact Information

Dr Shelley King

Office: Watson 423
Office Hours:
Extension: 74419
E-mail: kings@queensu.ca

To contact regarding Departmental questions:

Head’s Office
Office: Watson 412
Office Hours:
Extension: 74412
E-mail: englhead@queensu.ca

Research Interests

Romantic and Victorian literature, children’s literature, fantasy, scholarly editing. Currently working on a SSHRC-funded project editing The Collected Tales of Amelia Alderson Opie.

Recent Publications

  • "With all due deference": Sensibility, History, and Opie's "Epistles, by Mary, Queen of Scots." Forthcoming in Romanticism.
  • “Portrait of a Marriage: John and Amelia Opie and the Sister Arts.” SECC (Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture (2011) 40: 27-62.
  • The Collected Poems of Amelia Alderson Opie, co-edited with John B. Pierce (Oxford University Press, 2009).
  • “Democratic Reading: Ideology and Genre in Pullman’s I Was a Rat!” Children’s Literature (2009).
  • “The ‘double sense’ of Honour: Duelling, Marriage, and Revising Gendered Social Codes in Amelia Opie’s Adeline Mowbray,”Enlightening Romanticism, Romancing the Enlightenment: British Narrative from 1750 to 1850, ed. Miriam Wallace (Ashgate Press, 2009).
  • Refiguring the Coquette: Essays in Coquetry and Culture, co-edited (with introduction) with Yaël Schlick, Bucknell Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture (Bucknell UP, 2008). Publisher’s web site.
  • “Representation, Memory and Mourning in Amelia Opie’s ‘On the Portraits of Deceased Friends and Relatives, which Hang Around Me,’ ” Performing the Everyday: The Culture of Genre in the Eighteenth Century, ed. Alden Cavanaugh, Studies in 17th- and 18th-Century Art and Culture (U of Delaware P, 2007).


My research and teaching are divided between the study of women writers of the Romantic period (especially Amelia Opie) and children’s literature (focusing on British Children’s Literature of the Long19th-Century and on contemporary fantasy novelist Philip Pullman). I am co-editor (with John Pierce) of The Collected Poems of Amelia Alderson Opie (Oxford UP, 2009), Adeline Mowbray by Amelia Opie (Oxford World Classics, 1999), The Father and Daughter with Dangers of Coquetry by Amelia Opie (Broadview Literary Texts, 2003), and of the web site The Amelia Alderson Opie Archive (a scholarly site dedicated to fostering and disseminating research on Amelia Opie, funded through a SSHRC grant). We are just completing an edition of The Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonald’s Victorian fantasy for children, for Broadview Press, and Correspondence of Richardson’s Final Years (vol. 12 of The Cambridge Edition of the Correspondence of Samuel Richardson).

In terms of non-editorial work, I am currently working on an essay exploring the place of poetry and song in Opie’s fiction, tentatively entitled “‘To delineate the human mind in its endless varieties’: Integral Lyric and Characterization in the Tales of Amelia Opie,” and I also periodically contribute reviews and Op-Ed essays to Times Higher Education. In 2011, I was invited to join the editorial board of Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature.

My ongoing supervisions include a dissertation on Romantic lyric/Romantic song, and another on cross-writing in late 19th-/early 20th-century American books for girls. I look forward to working with students pursuing research in the following areas: Romantic Women Writers, Victorian literature, and contemporary fantasy for children and young adults.