I am a specialist in Children’s and YA Literature. My research focuses on the growth and development of YA from literary, publishing, and cultural perspectives. Most recently, I charted the development of transgender representation in YA fiction and life-writing since the inauguration of the sub-field in 2004. I am currently working on a project that investigates the state of UKYA in the twenty-first century by examining how books are marketed to potential readers. I am also Vice President of the YA Studies Association and Associate Editor of The International Journal of Young Adult Literature.
- PhD in Children's Literature, University of Roehampton
- MA English Studies, University of Exeter
- BA English, University of Leicester
Teaching and Supervision
I am Head of the Issues and Debates Pathway of the MA Children’s Literature, and lead and teach modules across the programme.
I am currently supervising a doctoral project on children’s comic making and self-published comics.
I am keen to hear from prospective PhD students looking to pursue projects on young adult literature.
Publications and research outputs
Corbett, Emily. 2020. Transgender Books in Transgender Packages: The Peritextual Materials of Young Adult Fiction. International Journal of Young Adult Literature, 1(1), pp. 1-25. ISSN 2634-5277
Corbett, Emily and Phillips, Leah. 2020. Ploughing the Field: A Discussion About YA Studies. International Journal of Young Adult Literature, 1(1), ISSN 2634-5277