Academic Writing

Below is a list of my conference papers, published papers and book chapters. If you are interested in finding out any more about these, please send me a message and I will be happy to discuss these with you.


Retelling Classics and Classic Retellings – Theorising the Popular – Liverpool Hope University

An essay about how adaptations or ‘retellings’ of classic literature become popular culture classics in themselves and are then retold through further adaptation. This essay focused on the Wizard of Oz. 


Silhouettes of Popular Culture –  Current Research in Speculative Fiction – University of Liverpool

Inspired by the work of artist Olly Moss this essay identified how images from popular culture, and literature, become instantly recognisable to the masses. So recognisable that they would be easily known even in silhouette form. 


LiteratureTM – Theorising the Popular Conference – Liverpool Hope University

This essay attempts to identify a five-step process for the trademarking and branding of pieces of literature. Through the case study of Harry Potter, it identifies how the brand moved through a novel, to film, to merchandised material and shows possible ways that other literature can become ‘trademarked’ and continue to grow. 


“The Cult of Holmes” – A Study in Sherlockian Fiction – MA Popular Literature – Dissertation

This dissertation outlines a new theoretical model for adaptation. It posits that adaptation, through three particular aims, is able to achieve success by extending the story or genre of the original text and by being socially useful which will therefore actively sustain and develop a fan base. Sherlock Holmes adaptations are used as the basis to test the theoretical model. 


War, Revolution and The Child Soldier in Young Adult Fiction: Narration – Current Research in Speculative Fiction – University of Liverpool

This paper looks at the two common types of narration used for young adult dystopian texts; the character-centric first-person narrative format and the story-driven third-person narrative format. It then makes a comparison between similar scenes, told in each format and explores the differences and the effect of this on the reader.


War, Revolution and The Child Soldier in Young Adult Fiction: Autonomy and Agency – Theorising the Popular – Liverpool Hope University

Using Veronica Roth’s Divergent and Erich Maria Remarque All Quiet on the Western Front as examples, this paper interrogates the representations of war and child soldiers within young adult literature. In particular, this paper discusses the role of choice and consequences, and how this is presented to young people within the texts.


War, Revolution and Child Soldiers in Young Adult Dystopian Literature – Book Chapter in Theorising the Popular, edited by Michael Brennan


Representations of Childhood Agency in Young Adult Literature – Book Chapter in progress