John Patrick Pazdziora
John Patrick Pazdziora holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of St Andrews. Currently, he serves as project assistant professor at The University of Tokyo. He researches Scottish literature in the long nineteenth century, especially the interplay between literature and religion, and has a particular interest in children’s literatures and cultures.
He is the author of Haunted Childhoods in George MacDonald (Brill, 2020) and the editor of Christianity in Scottish Literature (Scottish Literature International, 2023). His recent projects include a JSPS KAKENHI-funded project on how portrayals of disability in Victorian children’s literature function as a form of subversive theological discourse, which focuses on works by Robert Louis Stevenson, Dinah Mulock Craik, and Oscar Wilde.
Dr Pazdziora has taught at universities in Scotland, China, and Japan. He has taught EFL and literature classes at all levels and supervised multiple bachelor’s and master’s theses. His students have gone on to M.A. and Ph.D. programmes and teach in primary and secondary education.
Haunted Childhoods in George MacDonald. Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature 29. Leiden: Brill, 2020.
George MacDonald: Fairy Tales and Gothic Stories, edited with Joshua Richards. Oxford World’s Classics. Oxford University Press, 2024 forthcoming.
Christianity in Scottish Literature. Occasional Papers 25. Glasgow: Scottish Literature International, 2023.
Ravenclaw Reader: Seeking the Artistry and Meaning of J. K. Rowling’s Hogwarts Saga, edited with Micah Snell. Oklahoma City: Unlocking Press, 2015.
New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories, edited with Defne Çizakça. Oklahoma City: Unlocking Press, 2013.
Re-Thinking George MacDonald: Contexts and Contemporaries, edited with Christopher MacLachlan and Ginger Stelle. Occasional Papers 17. Glasgow: Scottish Literature International, 2013.
“‘More than one Somebody’: Negotiations of Space in George MacDonald’s The Wise Woman,” with James Thurgill. International Research in Children’s Literature, in preparation.
“Disabled Bodyminds in the Fairy Tales of Dinah Mulock Craik and Oscar Wilde.” Marvels & Tales, Vol. 37, no. 1 (2023), forthcoming.
“Old Mortality and ‘Old Mortality’: Stevenson’s Allusion to Scott’s Novel.” Sillages critiques, forthcoming.
“The Absence of God in J. M. Barrie’s Post-War Writings: Mary Rose (1920) and Courage (1922).” Religions, Vol. 13, no. 8, 706 (2022). https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13080706.
“Shadows in Conversation: Reflections on teaching English fluency in a pandemic.” Komaba Journal of English Education. Vol. 13 (2022). 1–26.
“The Anxious Laughter of Silly Songs,” with Eric M. Pazdziora. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, Vol. 13 (2021). 80–113.
“A Faint Mass and a Clear Edge: The Nature of Landscape in George MacDonald’s Fiction.” Journal of Scottish Thought, Vol. 12 (2020). 46–69.
“Improper Grimoires: Evelyn Underhill’s Representation of Ritual Magic in The Column of Dust.” Literature and Theology, Vol. 33, no. 1 (2019). 25–49. doi:10.1093/litthe/fry030.
“‘The Path of Pain’: George MacDonald’s Portrayal of Death in The Diary of an Old Soul.” North Wind: A Journal of George MacDonald Studies, Vol. 36 (2017). 96–116.
“Balder, Adonis, Bacchus, Aslan: Frazer and Sacrament in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian,” with Joshua C. Richards. VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review, Vol. 34 (2017). 83–108.
“Cynical Mysticism: The Role of Fairies in Late-Victorian Esotericism.” Literature and Theology, Vol. 31, no. 3 (2017). 285–304. doi:10.1093/litthe/frw021.
“As the World Falls Down: David Bowie’s Role as a Father Figure in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.” Gramarye, Issue 9 (2016). 18–34.
“Fairy Tale Adaptation in Jim Henson’s The Storyteller.” Gramarye, Issue 5 (2014). 31–41.
“Feather Coats and Friendship: Poietic Space in Claire Massey’s ‘Feather Girls.’” Short Fiction in Theory and Practice, Vol. 2, no. 1 (2012). 73–86.
“The Dantean Tradition in George MacDonald’s At the Back of the North Wind,” with Joshua C. Richards. VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review, Vol. 29 (2012). 63–78.
“As if, if: being the sayings of Mr. Pond and Mr. Puddle, a drowning pair without a care,” with Mike McDuffee. The Atrium: A Journal of Academic Voices. Volume 1, no. 2 (2011). http://nwi.ivytech.edu/atrium/site/archives/spring2011/mcduffee-pazdziora.pdf.
“‘The Sermon Pump’: Incompetent Preachers in George MacDonald’s Fiction.” In Christianity in Scottish Literature, edited by John Patrick Pazdziora. Occasional Papers 25. 123–146. Glasgow: Scottish Literature International, 2023.
“A Scottish Child’s Memento Mori: Language, Folklore, and Landscape in George MacDonald’s Ranald Bannerman’s Boyhood.” In The Land of Storybooks: Scottish Children’s Literature in the Nineteenth Century, edited by Sarah Dunnigan and Shu-Fang Lai. Occasional Papers 23. 262–280. Glasgow: Scottish Literature International, 2019.
“The Suburbs of Arcadia.” In Ravenclaw Reader: Seeking the Artistry and Meaning of J. K. Rowling’s Hogwarts Saga, edited by John Patrick Pazdziora and Micah Snell. 89–93. Oklahoma City: Unlocking Press, 2015.
“Enchanted Conversations: Reverse Adaptation of Fairy Tales in Online Culture.” In Never-Ending Stories: Adaptation of Canonical Texts in Children’s Literature, edited by Sara Van den Bossche and Sylvie Geerts. 231–254. Gent: Academia Press Ginkgo, 2014.
“‘How the Fairies were Not Invited to Court.’” In Re-Thinking George MacDonald, edited by Christopher MacLachlan, Ginger Stelle, and John Patrick Pazdziora. Occasional Papers 17. 254–272. Glasgow: Scottish Literature International, 2013.
“‘Oh, You Wicked Storytellers!’” In New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories, edited by John Patrick Pazdziora and Defne Çizakça. 167–193. Oklahoma City: Unlocking Press, 2013.
“‘Just Behind the Veil’: Death in Harry Potter and the Fairytales of George MacDonald.” In Harry Potter for Nerds: Essays for Academics, Lit Geeks, and Fans, edited by Travis Prinzi. 241–268. Oklahoma City: Unlocking Press, 2011.
“‘You Know How Happy Kings Are’: The Anti-Fairy Tales of James Thurber.” In Anti-Tales: The Uses of Disenchantment, edited by Catriona McAra and David Calvin. 166–177. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2011.
“‘God, through the Wrong End of a Telescope’: Christianity in Scottish Literature.” Presented to Church & Academy, 19 May 2022. United Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, Scotland.
“Theologizing Disability for Victorian Children.” Presented to the Faculty Research Forum. 20 October 2021. The University of Tokyo, Japan.
“‘The City was All a Show’: The Role of Landscape in George MacDonald’s Novels.” Keynote address presented at George MacDonald’s Scotland. 19–21 July 2017. University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
“Cynical Mysticism: The Elision of Folklore with the Occult in Late-Victorian Fantasy.” Paper presented to Literature, Theology and the Arts at Glasgow. 12 March 2014. University of Glasgow, Scotland.
“‘To Know Magic is to be a Sage’: George MacDonald and the so-called Sacramental Imagination.” Paper presented to the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts. 6 December 2013. University of St Andrews, Scotland.
“Towards a Practice of Fluency.” Presented at Symposium on English Language Education 2023. 18 February 2022. Department of English Language, The University of Tokyo, Japan.
“‘Foreign Children’: Displacement in A Child’s Garden of Verses.” Presented at The Third World Congress of Scottish Literatures. 22–26 June 2022. Charles University, Czech Republic.
“‘The Decayed Sanctuary’: Speaking Exclusionary Landscape in The Tale of Old Mortality.” Presented at Scott at 250: History, Landscape, Environment, Twelfth International Walter Scott Conference. 4–8 July 2021. University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
“‘Where the window was – where the window was not’: Adolescence as Liminal Space in Margaret Oliphant’s The Library Window.” Presented at Gothic Spaces: Houses, Landscapes, Bodies. 19–20 October 2019. The University of Tokyo, Japan.
“‘Unco Like a Body’: Anti-Calvinist Portrayals of Disability in Stevenson’s Scots Gothic Fiction.” Presented at Literary Fantasy and Its Discontents. 23–24 November 2018. National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan.
“Old Mortality and ‘Old Mortality’: Stevenson’s Allusion to Scott’s Novel.” Presented at Antagonism, Alliance, Authorship, Eleventh International Walter Scott Conference. 10–13 July 2018. Université Paris-Sorbonne, France.
“‘I will give you a name’: Sentient Objects in Tolkien’s Fiction.” Presented at International Medieval Congress Leeds. 2–5 July 2018. University of Leeds, England.
“Marjory Kennedy-Fraser’s Celticising of Hebridean Music.” Presented at Creative Archipelagos: Explorations of Islands in Scottish Literature and Culture, Association for Scottish Literary Studies Annual Conference. 29 June–1 July 2018. Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland.
“‘The Sermon Pump’: Some Incompetent Preachers in George MacDonald’s Fiction.” Presented at Religion and Scottish Literature, Association for Scottish Literary Studies Annual Conference. 1–2 July 2016. University of Glasgow, Scotland.
“‘Indian, Greek, Egyptian, Celtic, and Jewish’: The Early Globalization of Late-Victorian Esotericism.” Presented at Global Studies in the Disciplines, College of Liberal Arts Center for Global Studies, 21–24 October 2015. Shantou University, P. R. of China.
“Reading The Lay of the Last Minstrel.” Plenary panel led by Daniel Cook. Presented at Activating the Archive, Tenth International Scott Conference. 8–12 July 2014, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
“Andrew Lang’s St. Andrews.” Presented at Andrew Lang (1844–1912): a Centenary Celebration. 1 November 2012. University of St Andrews, Scotland.
“Constructing New Fairy Tales.” Presented at After Grimm: Fairy Tales and Story Telling. 6–8 September 2012. Kingston University London, England.
“‘From an early German folk tale’: Re-appropriation of the Grimms’ Tales in Jim Henson’s The Storyteller.” Presented at The Grimm Brothers Today: Kinder- und Hausmärchen and Its Legacy 200 Years After. 21–23 June 2012. Instituto de Estudos de Literatura Tradicional, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.
“The Relevance of Literary Criticism in an Age of Austerity.” Presented to the English Postgraduate Symposium. 19 September 2011. University of St Andrews, Scotland.
“Feather Coats and Fancy: The Role of the Author in the Fairy Tale.” Presented at The Figure of the Author in the Short Story in English. 8–9 April 2011. CRILA. Université d’Angers, France.
“‘How the Fairies were not Invited to Court’: Interfacing George MacDonald with Andrew Lang.” Presented at George MacDonald Among His Contemporaries. 30 March 2011. University of St Andrews, Scotland.
“‘A Story Short’: Toward a Critical Theory of Anti-Tale.” Presented at Myths and Fairy Tales in Film and Literature post-1900. 25–26 March 2011. University of York, England.
“Enchanted Conversations: The Reverse Adaptation of Fairy Tales in Online Culture.” Presented at Never Ending Stories: Adaptation of Canonical Texts in Children’s Literature. 20–21 January 2011, University of Ghent, Belgium.
“‘You Know How Happy Kings Are’: The Anti-Fairy Tales of James Thurber.” Presented at Anti-Tales: The Uses of Disenchantment. 12–13 August 2010. University of Glasgow, Scotland.
“Book Review: Wild Visionary: Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context, by Golan Y. Moskowitz.” International Research in Children’s Literature, commissioned, in preparation.
“Book Review: British Children’s Literature and the First World War: Representations since 1914, by David Budgen.” International Research in Children’s Literature, commissioned, in preparation.
“Book Review: A Complete Identity: The Youthful Hero in the Work of G. A. Henty and George MacDonald, by Rachel E. Johnson.” Literature and Theology, commissioned, in preparation.
“Book Review: Informing the Inklings: George MacDonald and the Victorian Roots of Modern Fantasy, ed. by Michael Partridge and Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson.” Journal of Inkling Studies, Vol. 9, no. 2 (2019). 220–222.
“Book Review: George MacDonald: Divine Carelessness and Fairytale Levity, by Daniel Gabelman; Storied Revelations: Parables, Imagination, and George MacDonald’s Christian Fiction, by Gisela H. Kreglinger.” VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review, Volume 31 (2014). 114–117.
“Review: Storied Revelations: Parables, Imagination, and George MacDonald’s Christian Fiction, by Gisela H. Kreglinger.” St Andrews in Focus. March/April 2014. 9.
“Book Review: The Wider Worlds of Jim Henson, edited by Jennifer C. Garlen and Anissa M. Graham.” Gramarye, Issue 6 (2014). 85–87.
“Conference Report: After Grimm.” The Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, October/November 2012. 6–9.
“Grimm in Lisbon 2012.” The Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, June/July 2012: 12–16.
“Conference Report: Anti-tales: The Uses of Disenchantment, August 12–13 2010 at the University of Glasgow.” The Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, February 2011: 5–6.
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