Rupayan Roy

Rupayan Roy

PhD Candidate, Queen’s

Contact Information

Office: Watson 420
Office Hours: By appointment

Research Interests

Victorian literature; children’s literature; American children’s fiction of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with a particular focus on American girls’ fiction of 1900–1920.


  • She: A History of Adventure and its Misogynist Attack on Early Feminism,” Footnotes: The University of Guelph’s Undergraduate Feminist Journal 1 (2008): 21–28.


My current thesis work, under the supervision of Dr Shelley King and the second-readership of Dr Laura Murray, relates to early-twentieth century American girls’ fiction. My dissertation is tentatively entitled “Adult Readers and the Growing ‘New Girl’ in American Girls’ Fiction, 1900–1920.”

In addition to my thesis work, I am working on articles for submission to journals. Moreover, I am a member of the Children’s Literature Association (ChLA), and I presented a paper at the 2011 ChLA Conference in Roanoke, Virginia. Among my other academic presentations has been a paper delivered at the Queen's English department’s Works in Progress event of Fall 2012.

My interests include analytical and creative writing, as well as performing arts (particularly as a violinist). I am also broadly interested in issues relating to social justice, and have pursued extra-curricular endeavours focussed on such issues. I have received a number of awards and scholarships recognizing both academic and extra-curricular achievements.

Another deep interest of mine is teaching. I have greatly enjoyed teaching undergraduate students, and I look forward to being the instructor of English 237 (Children’s Literature) during the Fall 2013 term. In recent years, I have twice been nominated by my students, and once been short-listed, for the Christopher Knapper Award for Excellence in Teaching Assistance.