Lorraine Kerslake

Lorraine Kerslake (IP) is a Senior Lecturer and holds a PhD in children’s literature and ecocriticism and teaches at Alicante University, Spain. She has worked as a translator of literary criticism, poetry and art and published widely on children’s literature and ecocriticism. Her current research areas of interest include children’s literature, the representation of animals and nature in literature and art and ecofeminism. 

She has been an active member of the Spanish research group on ecocriticism GIECO/ Grupo de Investigación en Ecocrítica (GIECO), since 2010 and is also a member of the Research Institute for Gender Studies at Alicante University. From 2016-2020 she was managing editor of the journal Ecozon@: Revista Europea deLiteratura, Cultura y el Medio Ambiente. She is currently a member of the advisory board of EASLCE: The European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment and also serves as a member of the board for IRSCL: The International Research Society for Children’s Literature

She is leading researcher of the project “Women Who Write Animals” (CIGE/2021/153) and was the PI of the research project “Angels of the ecosystem?” (GV/2020/029) and has participated in other projects including “Stories for Change” and “AGLAYA, Strategies of Innovation on Cultural Myth Criticism” (2020-2023, H2019-HUM-5714).

She is author of The Voice of Nature in Ted Hughes’s Writing for Children (Routledge, 2018) and co-editor of Imaginative Ecologies: Inspiring Change through the Humanities (Brill, 2021).

Amongst her most recent publications are: “Aesthetic Entanglements in the Age of the Anthropocene: A Posthuman Reading of Shaun Tan’s Tales from the Inner City.” Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature 60, no. 4 (2022): 38-47. doi:10.1353/bkb.2022.0058; “Reading The Iron Woman in Times of Crisis as a Tale of Hope”. Children’s Literature in Education 53, 439–453 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10583-021-09459-4; Ted Hughes: The Importance of Fostering Creative Writing as Environmental Education. Children’s Literature in Education 52, 478–492 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10583-020-09427-4; “Of Mice, Rabbits and Other Companion Species in Beatrix Potter’s More than Human World”. In: Besson, Françoise, et al. (Eds.). Reading Cats and Dogs: Companion Animals in World Literature. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2021. 79-93.