Professor Farah Mendlesohn

Farah Mendlesohn

MA Peace Studies, Bradford (1992); PhD (York, 1997)

Head of Department
Professor of Literary History

Room: Hel 265


Telephone: 0845 196 2022
International: +44 1223 698 022

Farah Mendlesohn's research activity

Farah Mendlesohn is head of department for English, Communication, Film and Media. Her research interests are in the areas of community structures and rhetorics in fantasy and science fiction, children's literature and the pedagogy of science. She is currently working on an introduction to children's fantasy literature with Professor Michael M. Levy (Wisconsin-Stout) for Cambridge University Press. Her teaching is in the cultural history of popular fiction and creative writing.

Farah Mendlesohn's previous work includes Diana Wynne Jones and the Children's Fantastic Tradition (Routledge, 2005) and Rhetorics of Fantasy (Wesleyan, 2008) and she is editor of On Joanna Russ (Wesleyan, 2009), and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (2003) and The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature (2012). She is on the editorial boards of Firebird, Penguin, The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts and of Children's Literature and Education. She is a member of the Children and Youth Research Institute.

Farah Mendlesohn has served on a range of science fiction and fantasy juries including the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and the John W. Campbell Award. She is also an active conference and convention organiser. In 2009 she was head of programme for Anticipation, the World Science Fiction Convention in Montreal. Currently she is director of the exhibits hall for the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention to be held in London.

Areas of supervision:
  • Modern science fiction and fantasy
  • Pulp magazines, demography and culture
  • Children's literature
  • Rhetoric and community formation

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