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Jacqueline REID-WALSH

Curriculum vitae

2008 --     
Associate Professor, Education and Women’s Studies, The Pennsylvania State University.

Adjunct Professor, Dept. Integrated Studies, Faculty of Education, McGill University.

Visiting Scholar, McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women, McGill University.

Visiting Professor, Fall, Université Laval, Département des littératures.

Research Associate, McGill University, Burney Centre English Department.

Contract Faculty, Université Laval, Département des littératures.

Contract faculty Bishop’s University, English Department.

Assistant Professor part-time (contractual).

Teaching Experience:

Literature courses: Children’s literature
Pennsylvania State University, Bishop’s University, Université Laval 

Women’s Studies courses:  

Pennsylvania State University
McGill University



  • Claudia Mitchell and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh. Girl Culture: An Encyclopedia. (2 Vols.) Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. 2008.
  • Claudia Mitchell and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh, eds. Seven going on seventeen:
  • Tween studies in the culture of girlhood. New York: Peter Lang, 2005.   
  • Claudia Mitchell and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh.  Researching Children's Popular

   Culture: The cultural spaces of childhood. London and New York: Routledge, 2002.


Selected Articles 

  • Jacqueline Reid-Walsh and Claudia Mitchell. Mapping a Canadian girlhood historically through dolls and doll play. Depicting Canada’s Children. Ed. Loren Lerner. Waterloo, Ont. Wilfred Laurier Press. 2009 pp. 109-129.  
  • Jacqueline Reid-Walsh. Harlequin meets the Sims: A history of interactive narrative media for children and youth from early flap books to contemporary multimedia. International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture. Eds. Sonia Livingstone and Kirsten Drotner. London: Sage 2008.  pp. 71-86. 
  • Jacqueline Reid-Walsh. “Allegorical metamorphosis and Spectacular transformation: 18th century flap books for children and youth.” Princeton University Library Chronicle.68:3 (Spring 2007) {2008} 751-789. illlus. col.
  •  Co-edit a journal on Girlhood Studies

Summary of lecture

Girls of the “middling” classes have long been engaged in domestic play activities but this does not necessarily indicate they have been passive subjects regarding their feminine roles. Following a tradition of research on doll play and dollhouse play as providing spaces for subversion and renegotiation of conventional roles, this paper explores examples of early paper media for girls, in light of ideas of activity and agency. The artifacts examined are three types of early 19th century Anglo-American girls’ commercial culture: paper doll books, Paignion and gift book albums. All are interactive texts. The first is a movable book requiring the reader to dress a doll in relation to a narrative, the second is a paper playset requiring the player to insert characters into several scenes inside and outside a home, and the third is a purchased album that is elaborated by the girl though her own drawings, cutting and pasting images, copying or writing her own verses and so on.  In all cases, the girls “make” or “remake” meaning through the activity of play.  While the emphasis is on early texts, comparisons will be drawn to present day digital culture such as websites and computer.