Department of English


English Language and Literature

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Shelley King


PhD Toronto, Website

613-533-6000, ext. 74419

Office: Watson Hall, Room 423
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2017-18 Courses

  • ENGL 442 001-2/3.0 Topics in Romanticism II – Romantic Women Writers and the Cultural Context of the 1790s
  • ENGL 867 Topics in Contemporary Literature: Forging "Democratic Readers": Ideology and Identity in the Works of Philip Pullman

Research Interests

  • Romantic and Victorian literature
  • Romantic Women Writers, especially Amelia Opie
  • Children's and YA Literature, especially the works of Philip Pullman
  • Demystifying Digital Humanities
  • Editing

Recent Publications

“‘To delineate the human mind in its endless varieties’: Integral Lyric and Characterization in the Tales of Amelia Opie.” Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered. Eds. Courtney Weiss and Kate Parker (Bucknell University Press, December 2013) pp. 65-83.

“Democratic Reading: Ideology and Genre in Pullman's I Was a Rat.” Children’s Literature: Annual of the Modern Language Association Division on Children's Literature and the Children's Literature Association 37:165-193.

The Princess and the Goblin and Other Fairy Tales by George MacDonald (Peterborough, ON: Broadview, 2014). Co-edited with John B. Pierce.

The Collected Poems of Amelia Alderson Opie. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. With Introduction, Textual, and Explanatory Notes (co-edited with John B. Pierce).

Current Supervisions

Alice M. B. Drysdale, Patricia Oprea, Nikolai Rodrigues, Rupayan Roy, Lindsay Young (about students)