Dr. Sarah Winters

 Dr. Sarah Winters
Associate Professor / Faculty of Arts and Science - Fine Arts and English Studies - English Studies
Full-time Faculty
BA, University of Otago
MA, University of Otago
PhD, University of Toronto
Areas of Specialization:

Children's Literature; Fantasy; Fandom; Theology and Literature

Research Interests:

Her work focuses on British High Fantasy since 1950, in particular the construction and representation of evil.  She is currently working on a monograph titled The White Witch, the Golden Monkey, and the Dark Mark: Constructions of Evil in the Fiction of C.S. Lewis, Philip Pullman, and J.K. Rowling.


With Pavlina Radia and Laurie Kruk, Eds.  The Future of Humanity: Revisioning the Human in a Posthuman Age.  Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.

With Elizabeth Hale, Eds. Marvellous Codes: The Fiction of Margaret Mahy.  Victoria University Press, 2005.

Articles and Chapters:

“Camping Out on the Quest: The Landscape of Boredom in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Children’s Literature and Imaginative Geography.  Ed. Aida Hudson.  Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2018.  193-206.

With Kristin Lucas, “Thematic Organization and the First-Year Literature Survey.”  Teaching the Literature Survey Course: New Strategies for College Faculty.  Ed. Gwynn Dujardin, James M. Lang, and John A. Staunton.  West Virginia University Press, 2018.  153-69.

With Susan Srigley, “Undisciplined Debate: Coursing Through Dialogue.”  Co-Teaching in Higher Education: From Theory to Co-Practice.  Ed. Daniel Jarvis and Mumbi Kariuki.  University of Toronto Press (2017): 63-88.

“Patriarch, Parasite, and Pervert: Evil in The Magician of Hoad.The Lion and the Unicorn. 39 (2015): 204-21.

“Streaming Scholarship: Using Fan Vids to teach Harry Potter.”  Children’s Literature in Education 45.3 (2014): 239-54.

“Vidding and the Perversity of Critical Pleasure: Sex, Violence, and Voyeurism in ‘Closer’ and ‘On the Prowl.’”  Transformative Works and Cultures 9 (2012).

“Religious Faith and Secular Hope in The Underland Chronicles.”  The Lion and the Unicorn 36.1 (2012): 1-19.

“Bubble-Wrapped Children and Safe Books for Boys: The Politics of Parenting in Harry Potter.”  Children’s Literature 39 (2011):  213-33. 

“From Satan to Hitler: Theological and Historical Evil in C. S. Lewis, Philip Pullman, and J. K. Rowling.”  Monsters in the Mirror: Representations of Nazism in Post-War Popular Culture.  Ed. Sarah Buttsworth and Maartje Abbenhuis.  Praeger, 2010.  53-74.

“Aliens in the Landscape: Maori Space and European Time in the Fiction of Margaret Mahy.”  Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 33.4 (Winter 2008): 408-25.

“Christina Rossetti’s Poetic Vocation.” Women’s Writing 12.2 (2005): 291-307.

“Heavenly Bodies in ‘The Windhover.’” Hopkins Quarterly 30:1-2 (Winter-Spring 2003): 31-44.

“Good and Evil in the Works of Diana Wynne Jones and J. K. Rowling.”  Diana Wynne Jones: An Exciting and Exacting Wisdom. Ed. Teya Rosenberg et al.  New York: Peter Lang, 2002. 79-95.

“Questioning Milton, Questioning God: Christina Rossetti’s Challenges to Authority in Goblin Market and The Prince’s Progress.”  The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies 10 (Fall 2001): 14-26.