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. My monograph, In Transition: Young Adult Literature and Transgender Representation, will be published in Spring 2024 by the University Press of Mississippi. 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 the General 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 MA Children's Literature: Theoretical Approaches to Children's and YA 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 YA literature.
Publications and research outputs
Corbett, Emily and Phillips, Leah. 2022. Ploughing the Field: (Inter)disciplinary Approaches to YA Studies. International Journal of Young Adult Literature, 3(1), ISSN 2634-5277
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
Corbett, Emily. 2024. In Transition: Young Adult Literature and Transgender Representation. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi.
Further profile content
Perceptions of Pain
“Perceptions of Pain” explores the role that reading young adult (YA) fiction can play in shaping and reflecting how adolescents understand and respond to the concept of pain.