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Andrew O'Malley

Dr. Andrew O'Malley

EducationBA McGill, MA University of Toronto, PhD University of Alberta
Areas of ExpertiseChildren’s literature and culture; Comics Studies; Eighteenth Century, esp. popular culture and childhood


Andrew O’Malley’s teaching and research interests have primarily dealt with historical children’s literature and popular cultures, and with the field of Comics Studies. Along with two monographs, an edited collection, and a wide range of book chapters, he has published in such journals as: The Lion and the Unicorn; Children’s Literature; International Research in Children’s Literature; Eighteenth-Century Life; Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies; and English Studies in Canada. Over the past several years, Andrew has been working on a digital archive and a critically-curated online exhibit about the widespread public outcry over the imagined effects of crime and horror comics on child readers in the mid-twentieth century, entitled “A Crisis of Innocence: Comic Books and Children’s Culture, 1940-1954.”

Selected publications

The Making of the Modern Child: Children’s literature and Childhood in the Late Eighteenth Century (Routledge 2003, pbk 2011)’ Children’s Literature, Popular Culture, and Robinson Crusoe (Palgrave 2012); (ed.) Literary Cultures and Eighteenth-Century Childhoods (Palgrave 2018)