Dr Aneesh Barai
School of Education
University Teacher in Education
+44 114 222 8167
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School of Education
Edgar Allen House
241 Glossop Rd
- Research interests
I am an interdisciplinary researcher working on cultural representations of education, and connections between education history and philosophy with literature and cinema, particularly children’s literature, film and television.
My research interests include:
- Early twentieth century cultural representations of shifts in education, including in children’s literature, modernist literature and cinema in the period (e.g. Enid Blyton, Geoffrey Trease, D. H. Lawrence, in relation to the educational philosophies of Montessori, Dewey and Piaget).
- The neoliberalisation of higher education, as represented in fantasy novels about wizard universities (e.g. Terry Pratchett, Diana Wynne Jones, Lev Grossman, Cecilia Tan).
- Youth activism relating to pacifism, climate crisis and LGBTQIA+ youths, in children’s film, television and computer games (e.g. Howl’s Moving Castle, Steven Universe, She-Ra, Final Fantasy VII).
- "It's Such a Small Planet, Why Do You Need Borders?": Seeing Flying in Le Petit Prince and Its Screen Adaptations. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 11(2), 225-246.
- "O Loire, what a fine bridge!": Foreignizing Domestications and Illustrating Bridges in James Joyce's The Cat and the Devil and Its French Translations. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature, 56(1), 28-35.
- 'They were incurably given to rove': T. S. Eliot's Practical Cats, London and the Petit Flâneur. Literary London Journal, 14(2), 3-17.
- Envisioning Solidarity: Disrupting Linear Temporality in Studio Ghibli’s Howls Moving Castle and When Marnie Was There In Deszcz-Tryhubczak J & Jaques Z (Ed.), Intergenerational Solidarity in Children's Literature and Film University Press of Mississippi
- ‘We need to make the place pay somehow’: Magical Universities and Money in Diana Wynne Jones’ The Year of the Griffin In Mendlesohn F & Butler C (Ed.), Diana Wynne Jones: Bristol 2020
- New Spaces and New Childhoods: Challenging Assumptions of Normative Childhood in Modernist Children’s Literature, Literary Cultures and Twentieth-Century Childhoods (pp. 93-111). Springer International Publishing
- “How Farflung Is Your Fokloire?”: Foreignizing Domestications and Drawing Bridges in James Joyce’s The Cat and the Devil and Its French Illustrations, Translating and Transmediating Children’s Literature (pp. 103-116). Springer International Publishing
- Speaking the Space Between Mother and Child: Sylvia Plath, Julia Kristeva, and the Place of Children’s Literature In Cecire M, Field H, Finn K & Roy M (Ed.), Space and Place in Children's Literature, 1789 to the Present (pp. 39-57). Ashgate
- Teaching activities
Aneesh teaches and supervises on the BA Education, Culture and Childhood, MA Education, MA Early Childhood Education (Distance) and the EdD programme. He is also contributing content for a new MA course on digital literacies, which will begin in Autumn 2020.
Aneesh has previously taught across Education, English and Comparative Literature, with a particular focus on the history and philosophy of education, and on children’s literature and media, including EdD teaching at the University of Birmingham and lecturing in English, Education and Children’s Literature at the University of Cambridge.