Karin Lesnik-Oberstein

Professor in English Literature, University of Reading

I am the Director of the Graduate Centre for International Research in Childhood: Literature, Culture, Media (CIRCL) and Director of the CIRCL MA(Res) in Children's Literature and Convenor of its core module on 'Theory of Children's Literature' and its option module 'Myth and Folktale and Children's Literature';.

My primary research interest is inter- and multi-disciplinary Critical and Literary Theory. I also have a research interest in those areas in which I teach, particularly anything relating to constructions of identity (gender; national, cultural, ethnic identity etc). I continue to have a strong interest in the construction of childhood in culture, including in non-literary disciplines such as anthropology, psychology, sociology, and philosophy.

I am also the author of the first monograph on body hair. The last taboo: women and body hair was published by Manchester University Press in 2007.


  • –present
    Professor in English Literature, University of Reading