Dr Patricia Kennon

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

Lecturer

School of Education
3rd
318
(01) 474 7410

Biography

I teach across a wide range of children's literature, young adult (YA) literature, 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 am the Secretary of NAES, the Irish national section of the European Society for the Study of English and the chair of the steering committee 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; picturebooks (picture books); science fiction and dystopian literature; and intercultural and social justice education.

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]
2013 ''Introduction''
Patricia Kennon and Ciara Ní Bhroin (2013) ''Introduction'' In: Ciara Ní Bhroin and Patricia Kennon (eds). What Do We Tell the Children? Critical Essays on Children’s Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [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. London: 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. London: 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. Dublin: 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
2012 What Do We Tell The Children? Critical Essays on Children’s Literature
Ciara Ní Bhróin and Patricia Kennon (Ed.). (2012) What Do We Tell The Children? Critical Essays on Children’s Literature Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2017 'Monsters of Men: Masculinity and the Other in Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking Series'
Kennon P. (2017) 'Monsters of Men: Masculinity and the Other in Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking Series'. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 37 (1):25-34 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Childhood, Power, and Travel in Salvatore Rubbino's Picture Books: A Walk in the City'
Kennon, P (2016) 'Childhood, Power, and Travel in Salvatore Rubbino's Picture Books: A Walk in the City'. JEUNESSE: YOUNG PEOPLE, TEXTS, CULTURES, 8 :20-41 [Details]
2015 '"'Little Girls are Even More Perfect When They Bleed"': Monstrosity, Violence, and the Female Body in Kristin Cashore's Graceling Trilogy"'
Kennon, P (2015) '"'Little Girls are Even More Perfect When They Bleed"': Monstrosity, Violence, and the Female Body in Kristin Cashore's Graceling Trilogy"'. BOOKBIRD: A JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S LITERATURE, 53 :52-61 [DOI] [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 [IR Link] [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]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 World Science Fiction Convention.
Dr Patricia Kennon (2019) World Science Fiction Convention. [Oral Presentation], The Irish Publishing Market, Dublin , 15-AUG-19 - 18-AUG-19 [Details]
2019 World Science Fiction Convention.
Patricia Kennon (2019) World Science Fiction Convention. [Oral Presentation], Telling Tales for Children Through Art and Pictures, Dublin , 15-AUG-19 - 18-AUG-19 [Details]
2019 Researchers Exploring Inclusive Youth Literature conference.
Dr Patricia Kennon (2019) Researchers Exploring Inclusive Youth Literature conference. [Oral Presentation], Being Aromantic and the Romance Plot in Young Adult Fiction, Glasgow , 08-AUG-19 - 10-AUG-19 [Details]
2019 Ethical Education Curriculum events.
Dr Patricia Kennon (2019) Ethical Education Curriculum events. [Invited Oral Presentation], Equality and Justice: A Picturebook Workshop, Drumcondra Education Centre, Dublin , 11-JUN-19 - 11-JUN-19 [Details]
2019 Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature events.
Dr Patricia Kennon (2019) Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature events. [Invited Lecture], Asexuality, Difference and Heteronormativity in Youth Literature, California State University Fresno, USA , 25-APR-19 - 25-APR-19 [Details]
2019 Kildare Libraries Reading for Pleasure series.
Dr Patricia Kennon (2019) Kildare Libraries Reading for Pleasure series. [Invited Lecture], 'Diversity and Inclusion in Children’s Literature', Maynooth Community Library , 29-JAN-19 - 29-JAN-19 [Details]
2019 Beyond a Single Story: Intercultural Education Conference.
Dr Patricia Kennon (2019) Beyond a Single Story: Intercultural Education Conference. [Oral Presentation], Worlds of Stories: Exploring Global and Intercultural Issues Through Picturebooks, Dublin City University , 25-JAN-19 - 27-JAN-19 [Details]
2018 Picturebooks and DICE.
Patricia Kennon (2018) Picturebooks and DICE. [Invited Lecture], 'Picturebooks and Development and Intercultural Education', Dubliin City University , 11-APR-18 - 11-APR-18 [Details]
2016 Picturebooks and critical literacy.
Patricia Kennon and Anne Dolan (2016) Picturebooks and critical literacy. [Invited Lecture], 'Picturebooks and Critical Literacy', Mary Immaculate College, Limerick , 07-DEC-16 - 07-DEC-16 [Details]
2016 Citizenship Education: 100 Years On.
Patricia Kennon and Therese Hegarty (2016) Citizenship Education: 100 Years On. [Invited Lecture], '50 Picturebooks to Change the World!', Dublin City University , 12-NOV-16 - 12-NOV-16 [Details]
2015 Picturebooks and intercultural education.
Patricia Kennon (2015) Picturebooks and intercultural education. [Invited Lecture], Picturebooks and Intercultural Education, Maynooth University , 23-SEP-15 - 23-SEP-15 [Details]
2015 Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature.
Patricia Kennon (2015) Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature. [Chaired Session], 'Picturebooks: constructing childhoods and texts for children', DLR Lexicon, Dublin , 10-APR-15 - 10-APR-15 [Details]
2015 Talk on international picturebooks for World Book Day.
Patricia Kennon (2015) Talk on international picturebooks for World Book Day. [Invited Lecture], Worlds of Picturebooks: World Book Day, Irish Development Education Association office, Dublin , 06-MAR-15 - 06-FEB-15 [Details]
2014 European Science Fiction Society convention (Eurocon).
Patricia Kennon (2014) European Science Fiction Society convention (Eurocon). [Chaired Session], 'Young-Adult Science Fiction and Popular Culture', Dublin , 23-AUG-14 - 23-AUG-14 [Details]
2014 European Science Fiction Society (Eurocon) convention.
Patricia Kennon (2014) European Science Fiction Society (Eurocon) convention. [Chaired Session], 'Jobs in Young Adult Science Fiction', Dublin , 23-AUG-14 - 23-AUG-14 [Details]
2014 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon).
Patricia Kennon (2014) World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon). [Oral Presentation], 'Heteronormativity in David Levithan's Every Day', London , 17-AUG-14 - 17-AUG-14 [Details]
2014 DCU Summer School on Intercultural Studies.
Patricia Kennon (2014) DCU Summer School on Intercultural Studies. [Invited Lecture], 'Picturing Self and Other: Picturebooks and Ways of Knowing', Dublin City University , 17-JUN-14 - 17-JUN-14 [Details]
2014 Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature.
Patricia Kennon (2014) Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature. [Chaired Session], 'Children’s Literature and Irish Curricula', Maynooth University , 28-MAR-14 - 28-MAR-14 [Details]
2012 Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature.
Patricia Kennon (2012) Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature. [Oral Presentation], 'Windows and Mirrors: Social Justice in Jeannie Baker’s Picturebooks', St Patrick's College, Drumcondra , 25-FEB-12 - 25-FEB-12 [Details]
2011 Girlhood and national identity in The American Girl collection of historical fiction.
Patricia Kennon (2011) Girlhood and national identity in The American Girl collection of historical fiction. [Invited Lecture], 'Girlhood, national identity and The American Girl collection', Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston , 14-NOV-11 - 14-NOV-11 [Details]
2010 Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature.
Patricia Kennon (2010) Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature. [Chaired Session], 'Histories, Readers, Audiences', Trinity College, Dublin , 06-MAR-10 - 06-MAR-10 [Details]
2010 Comhlámh (Irish organisation for global solidarity).
Patricia Kennon (2010) Comhlámh (Irish organisation for global solidarity). [Invited Lecture], 'Picturebooks and Social Justice Education', Dublin , 13-FEB-10 - 13-FEB-10 [Details]
2009 Biennial Congress of International Research Society for the Study of Children's Literature.
Patricia Kennon (2009) Biennial Congress of International Research Society for the Study of Children's Literature. [Oral Presentation], 'Travellers and the Irish Nation in Irish Children’s Film and Literature 1990-2009', Frankfurt, Germany , 10-AUG-09 - 10-AUG-09 [Details]
2008 Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature.
Patricia Kennon (2008) Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature. [Oral Presentation], 'Slashing Harry Potter: fandom and readers writing back', Coláiste Mhuire, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin , 09-FEB-08 - 09-FEB-08 [Details]
2007 Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature.
Patricia Kennon (2007) Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature. [Oral Presentation], 'Male subjectivity in William Sleator’s Science Fiction', Church of Ireland College of Education, Dublin , 23-FEB-07 - 23-FEB-07 [Details]
2005 Biennial Congress of International Research Society for Children's Literature.
Patricia Kennon (2005) Biennial Congress of International Research Society for Children's Literature. [Oral Presentation], '“‘Belonging’ in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction: New Communities Created by Children', Trinity College Dublin , 15-AUG-05 - 15-AUG-05 [Details]
2005 Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature.
Patricia Kennon (2005) Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature. [Oral Presentation], 'The private and the public spheres in Rosemary Sutcliff’s series of historical fiction', St Patrick's College, Drumcondra , 11-MAR-05 - 11-MAR-05 [Details]
2004 Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature.
Patricia Kennon (2004) Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature. [Oral Presentation], ‘Rites of Passage and Encounters with the “Other” in Siobhan Parkinson’s Children’s Novel Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (Maybe)’, St Patrick's College, Drumcondra , 21-FEB-04 - 21-FEB-04 [Details]

Electronic Article

  Year Publication
2018 Bold Girls: Academic Resource Pack.
Patricia Kennon (2018) Bold Girls: Academic Resource Pack. Dublin: Electronic Article [Details]
2013 Communicating Though Imaginations: Gerda Dendooven and the Rights of the Child Reader.
Dr Patricia Kennon (2013) Communicating Though Imaginations: Gerda Dendooven and the Rights of the Child Reader. Electronic Article [Details]
2013 Time, Space and Childhood: Museums as Cultural and Educational Sites for European Young People.
Dr Patricia Kennon (2013) Time, Space and Childhood: Museums as Cultural and Educational Sites for European Young People. Electronic Article [Details]
2012 'Hats Off to a Storytelling Master: Jon Klassen’s Visual Narratives'.
Patricia Kennon (2012) 'Hats Off to a Storytelling Master: Jon Klassen’s Visual Narratives'. Inis: The Children's Books Ireland Magazine: Electronic Article [Details]
2012 'Making Worlds: Talking Design and Storytelling with the Emberleys'.
Patricia Kennon (2012) 'Making Worlds: Talking Design and Storytelling with the Emberleys'. Inis: The Children's Books Ireland Magazine: 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]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2019 The Kenneth and Sylvia Marantz Fellowship for Picturebook Research Marantz Picturebook Collection for the Study of Picturebook Art, Kent State University, USA
2019 Arne Nixon Center Research Fellowship Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, California State University, USA
2017 Julie Johnson Kidd Travel Fellowship European Consortium of Liberal Arts and Sciences (ECOLAS)
2018 Maynooth University Teaching Award Maynooth University
2018 Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) Network Funding Award SPHE Network
2018 Louise Seaman Bechtel Visiting Professorship Travel Grant Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature at the University of Florida, USA
2010 National Award for Excellence in Teaching National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
The Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature President 30-MAR-08 / 28-MAR-20
International Federation of National Teaching Fellows Member 01-JAN-19 / 01-JAN-22
Gender Studies Network (European Society for the Study of English) Representative for Ireland 01-JAN-20 / 31-DEC-23
National Association of English Studies Secretary and committee member 01-SEP-19 / 01-OCT-22

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
University Graduate Education Committee Member 2019 / 2024
University Research Committee Committee member 2018 / 2022
Faculty of Social Sciences Research Committee Co-Chair 2018 / 2022
MU SexGen research network of Maynooth University faculty & researchers on gender and sexualities Chair of the network's steering committee 2018 / 2022
Faculty of Social Sciences Teaching & Learning Committee Vice-Chair 2016 / 2022

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. I am the module coordinator for the modules EDF130, EDF134, EDF231, EDF235, EDF477, and EDF609. I am a Maynooth University Advocate for the Disciplines Investigating Societal Challenges (DISCs) project (National Forum for Teaching and Learning).