Lorraine Kerslake

Lorraine Kerslake is Associate Professor 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 de Literatura, 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 author of The Voice of Nature in Ted Hughes’s Writing for Children (Routledge: Oxon, 2018). (ISBN: 9781138573673). Ref DOI: 10.4324/9780203701454-7 (https://www.routledge.com/The-Voice-of-Nature-in-Ted-Hughess-Writing-for-Children-Correcting-Cultures/Kerslake/p/book/9780203701454)

Edited Collections:

Co-editor of Imaginative Ecologies: Inspiring Change through the Humanities (Brill, 2021).
(ISBN: 978-90-04-50126-3). https://brill.com/display/title/60287?language=en

Book Chapters:

“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. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781793611079/Reading-Cats-and-Dogs-Companion-Animals-in-World-Literature

“In the Beginning was Crow: Reinventing and Subverting the Creation Myth”, Paloma Ortiz-de-Urbina (ed.) Germanic Myths in the Audiovisual Culture. Gunter Narr, 2020. (ISBN 9783823383000). (https://www.narr.de/germanic-myths-in-the-audiovisual-culture-18300-1/)
“Rewriting our Roots: Ted Hughes’s Animal Fables”, Carretero, Margarita y José Marchena Domínguez (eds) Cultural Representations of Other- than-Human Nature. Cádiz: Editorial UCA, 2019, pp.387-406. UCA: Universidad de Cádiz. (ISBN 9788498287516). (https://publicaciones.uca.es/cultural-representations-of-other-than-human-nature/)
“Hughes’s Collaboration with Artists”, Gifford, Terry (ed) Ted Hughes in Context, 2018, pp. 133-142. Cambridge University Press. (ISBN 9781108425551). Ref DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108554381.016 (https://www.cambridge.org/es/academic/subjects/literature/english-literature-after-1945/ted-hughes-context?format=HB)
“Constructing and Deconstructing the Complexities of Orpheus in Ted Hughes’s Healing Quest”, Önder Çakirtaş, Antolin C. Trinidad, şahin Kiziltaş (eds) The Politics of Traumatic Literature: Narrating Human Psyche and Memory, 2018, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018, pp. 36-49. (ISBN 9781527513389) (https://www.cambridgescholars.com/the-politics-of-traumatic-literature)
“From Aesop to Arcadia: Raising Ecocritical Awareness through Talking Animals in Children’s Literature”, José Manuel Marrero Henríquez (ed.) Transatlantic Landscapes: Environmental Awareness, Literature and the Arts, 2017, pp. 209- 221. UAH: Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Estudios Norteamericanos» Benjamin Franklin». (ISBN: 9788416978052). (https://www.institutofranklin.net/product/transatlantic-landscapes/)
“Pensando como una montaña: un reencuentro con caperucita y el lobo”, Oliva, Juan Ignacio (ed.) Realidad y Simbología de la Montaña, 2012, pp. 57-68. UAH: Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Estudios Norteamericanos» Benjamin Franklin». (ISBN: 9788415595908). (https://www.institutofranklin.net/product/realidad-y-simbologia-de-la-montana/)
“Anthropomorphism Dressed and Undressed in Beatrix Potter’s Rhymes and Riddles”, Morag Styles, Louise Joy, David Whitley (Eds.) Poetry and Childhood. 2010, pp. 161 – 168. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books Limited. (ISBN: 9781858564742). (https://www.ucl-ioe-press.com/books/language-and-literacy/poetry-and-childhood/)

In Journals:

“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: An International Quarterly. Springer, 18/09/2020.
(ISSN 0045-6713). DOI 10.1007/s10583-020-09427-4
«Beyond Rachel Carson’s ‘Sense of Wonder’: Advocating Environmental Awareness in Ted Hughes’s Writing for Children», The Ted Hughes Society Journal, Vol V: I; pp. 65-73. 2016. (ISSN 2051-7270).
In 2013, she co-edited a special issue of the review Feminismo/s (CEM) on Ecofeminism: Women and Nature. (http://rua.ua.es/dspace/handle/10045/39787)

Current I+D projects:

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). She has also participated in other projects including ATLAS –
“American Literature about Spain” (GRE18-14/UA), “Stories for Change” and “AGLAYA, Strategies of Innovation on Cultural Myth Criticism” (2020-2023, H2019-HUM-5714).

She is the main researcher for the research project “Angels of the Ecosystem?” (GV/2020/C/029) which focuses on female writers who represent nature and non-human animals in literary texts of fiction.
She is also a member of the research project ATLAS (UA/ American Travel Literature about Spain).