Dr Patricia Kennon

Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Sexualities and Gender

School of Education
3rd
318
(353) 1 474 7410

Biography

I teach across a wide range of children's literature, young adult (YA) literature and youth culture, and English Education. I am the President of The Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature, a former President of the Irish national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) and a former Editor in Chief and Features Editor of Inis: The Children's Books Ireland Magazine. I won a NAIRTL award for innovation in lecturing and excellence in linking research, teaching and learning. I am a committee member of MU SExGen, an interdisciplinary network of Maynooth University faculty and researchers on research in gender and sexualities. 

Research Interests

My research interests address a wide range of issues regarding intersections of childhood, young adulthood and power. I am interested in concepts of childhood, young adult (YA) literature and children's literature in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I especially welcome research collaborations and supervising research in the following areas: gender and LGBTQIA issues in youth culture and literature; fan studies; film studies and children's films; horror narratives; picturebooks (picture books); comics and graphic novels; science fiction and dystopian literature; intercultural and diversity education; and philosophy and children's literature.

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2018 '“Superpowers Don't Always Make You a Superhero”: Posthuman Possibilities in Michael Grant’s Gone Series'
Patricia Kennon (2018) '“Superpowers Don't Always Make You a Superhero”: Posthuman Possibilities in Michael Grant’s Gone Series' In: Anita Tarr and Donna R. White (eds). Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction: Finding Humanity in a Posthuman World. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi. [Details]
2014 '‘Building Bridges To Intercultural Understanding: The Other in Contemporary Irish Children’s Literature.’'
Dr Patricia Kennon (2014) '‘Building Bridges To Intercultural Understanding: The Other in Contemporary Irish Children’s Literature.’' In: Our Chums in the Family of Nations: Internationalism in Children’s Series. Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
2012 ''Contemplating Otherness: Imagining the Future in Irish Children’s Science Fiction’'
Dr Patricia Kennon (2012) ''Contemplating Otherness: Imagining the Future in Irish Children’s Science Fiction’' In: Irish Children’s Literature: New Perspectives. Routledge. [Details]
2007 '‘F(r)ictional Masculinities: The Representation of Manhood in Rosemary Sutcliff’s Roman Britain series of historical novels for young adults’'
Dr Patricia Kennon (2007) '‘F(r)ictional Masculinities: The Representation of Manhood in Rosemary Sutcliff’s Roman Britain series of historical novels for young adults’' In: Divided Worlds: Studies in Children’s Literature. Four Courts Press. [Details]
2006 '‘(W)rites of Passage in Siobhán Parkinson’s Fiction’'
Dr Patricia Kennon (2006) '‘(W)rites of Passage in Siobhán Parkinson’s Fiction’' In: Treasure Islands: Studies in Children’s Literature. Four Courts Press. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2013 What Do We Tell The Children? Critical Essays on Children’s Literature
Ciara Ní Bhróin and Patricia Kennon (Ed.). (2013) What Do We Tell The Children? Critical Essays on Children’s Literature Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2017 'Monsters of Men: Masculinity and the Other in Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking Series'
Patricia Kennon (2017) 'Monsters of Men: Masculinity and the Other in Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking Series'. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 37 (1):25-34 [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Childhood, Power, and Travel in Salvatore Rubbino’s Picture Books: A Walk in the City'
Kennon, Patricia (2016) 'Childhood, Power, and Travel in Salvatore Rubbino’s Picture Books: A Walk in the City'. JEUNESSE: YOUNG PEOPLE, TEXTS, CULTURES, 8.1 :20-41 [IR Link] [Details]
2015 ''Little Girls are Even More Perfect When They Bleed: Monstrosity, Violence and the Female Body in Kristin Cashores Graceling Trilogy''
Dr Patricia Kennon (2015) ''Little Girls are Even More Perfect When They Bleed: Monstrosity, Violence and the Female Body in Kristin Cashores Graceling Trilogy''. BOOKBIRD: A JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S LITERATURE, 53.1 :52-61 [IR Link] [Details]
2015 ''If the Inside was the Outside: Gender, Heteronormativity and the Body in David Levithan's Every Day''
Dr Patricia Kennon (2015) ''If the Inside was the Outside: Gender, Heteronormativity and the Body in David Levithan's Every Day''. FOUNDATION: THE INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION, 22 [Details]
2005 ''Belonging in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction: New Communities Created by Children''
Dr Patricia Kennon (2005) ''Belonging in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction: New Communities Created by Children''. PAPERS: EXPLORATIONS INTO CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, 15 :40-49 [IR Link] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2018 50 Picturebooks to Change the World!
Patricia Kennon and Thérèse Hegarty (2018) 50 Picturebooks to Change the World! . In: Margaret Nohilly, Bernie Collins, Anne Marie Kavanagh, Seline Keating, Fiona O’ Mahony and Carol O’ Sullivan eds. Citizenship Education: 100 Years On Dublin, , pp.31-41 [Details]

Electronic Article

  Year Publication
2018 Bold Girls: Academic Resource Pack.
Patricia Kennon (2018) Bold Girls: Academic Resource Pack. Dublin: Electronic Article [Details]

Podcast

  Year Publication
2018 Podcast: “The Representation and Celebration of Females in Children’s Literature”.
Patricia Kennon, Valerie Coghlan and Claire Dunne (2018) Podcast: “The Representation and Celebration of Females in Children’s Literature”. Dublin: Podcast [Details]

Teaching Interests

I teach across a wide range of genres and media regarding children’s literature and young adult literature including film studies, picturebooks, comics and graphic novels, science fiction and dystopian literature, and intercultural and diversity education.