Andrew O’Malley

Andrew O’Malley is an Associate Professor in the English Department of Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.  His teaching and research interests have primarily concerned the fields of English-language children’s and popular cultures in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  Along with a number of book chapters, he has published articles in these areas in such journals as The Lion and the Unicorn, Children’s Literature, British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Eighteenth-Century Life.  As well, Andrew is the author of two monographs: The Making of the Modern Child: Children’s Literature and Childhood in the Late Eighteenth Century (Routledge, 2003) and Children’s Literature, Popular Culture, and Robinson Crusoe (Palgrave 2012).  Recently, and after years of threatening to do so, Andrew has turned his scholarly attention to the comic books in which he has had a lifelong interest.  His current research project investigates the controversies that surrounded comics and child readers in the mid-twentieth century, when they were linked in an anxious popular imagination to a host of delinquent juvenile behaviours.  At present, Andrew is working on a digitally curated exhibition entitled ‘Comic Books, Children’s Culture, and the Crisis of Innocence: 1940-1954’ that seeks to place the comics controversy within the broader context of mid-century North American and British children’s culture.  This project was recently awarded an Insight Development Grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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