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Jonathan Padley is a researcher in English children’s literature from the eighteenth century to the present day. His work explores margins; in particular, the marginalisation of authors, characters, and texts. His PhD argued that the child protagonists of children’s literature can be understood, etymologically and theoretically, as monsters. He regularly peer-reviews for journals in the field and he serves on the Editorial Board of Children’s Literature in Education.
Alongside children’s literature, Jonathan is interested in interdisciplinary dialogues between literature, media, music, science, and theology. He has published broadly, including on transgressive creation in Shelley’s Frankenstein, bibliographical anomaly in Tennyson’s English Idyls, and Christological imaging in Tolkien’s Middle-earth mythos.
As one of Churchill’s Admissions Tutors, Jonathan is responsible for undergraduate admissions and recruitment to the College. He is Director of Studies in Education at St Edmund’s and teaches children’s literature for the Faculty of Education. He is an Honorary Research Associate of the Department of English Language and Literature at Swansea University and was formerly a Lecturer and Tutor at Gorseinon College and Coleg Sir Gâr.
In addition to academic work, Jonathan is committed to widening participation in higher education and is the University’s Area Link representative to his native South Wales. From 2013 to 2015, he was seconded to Welsh Government to co-lead the research and policy implementation which gave rise to Wales’ Seren Network, to which he still regularly contributes.