Carolyn Sigler

Professional Title
Associate Professor, English Graduate Faculty

I received my Ph.D. from Florida State University, and taught at Kansas State and California State San Jose before coming to UMD in 2001. My teaching and research focus on intersections of childhood studies and Victorian literature and culture. I’ve published articles and presented at conferences on such topics as Mary Wollstonecraft, Lewis Carroll, Victorian fantasy literature, environmental children’s literature, and Victorian nature writing. I am currently working on a project that examines representations of science, nature, and empire in Victorian children’s literature.

Teaching Interests

Children’s Literature and Culture, Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Nature Writing and Eco-Criticism, Gothic Literature, Fairy Tales, Picture Books and Graphic Fiction, Reading and Book History.

Courses Taught

ENGL 1666: Gothic Tales of Terror
ENGL 2333: Harry Potter—Texts and Contexts
ENGL 3502: British Literature II (1800-present)
ENGL 3333: Children’s Literature—Texts and Contexts
ENGL 5444: Childhood in Literature and Culture (various topics)
ENGL 5562: Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature (various topics)
ENGL 5663: Readers and the History of Books
ENGL 5583: British Novel (various topics)
ENGL 8181: Seminar in British Literature after 1800 (various topics)

Research Interests

Children’s Literature and Culture, Lewis Carroll and Victorian Culture, Victorian Nature and Environmental Writing.


“Lewis Carroll and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Handbook of the English Novel, 1830-1900. Martin Middeke and Monika Pietrzak-Franger, eds. (De Gruyter, 2020).

Lewis Carroll Beyond Wonderland (Gale, 2015).

Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (Gale, 2014).

“‘Wonders Wild and New’: Lewis Carroll’s 'Alice' Books and Postmodern Women Writers.” Twice-Told Children’s Tales: The Influence of Childhood Reading on Writers for Adults. Ed. Betty Greenway. Routledge, 2005. 133-145.

“‘I’ll be Home for Christmas’: Misrule and the Paradox of Gender in World War II-Era Christmas Films.” Journal of American Culture 28.4 (2005): 345-56.

Alternative Alices: Visions and Revisions of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” Books. (University Press of Kentucky, 1997).

“Authorizing Alice: Professional Authority, the Literary Marketplace, and Victorian Women’s Re-Visions of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’ Books.” The Lion and the Unicorn 22.3 (1998): 351-363.

“Wonderland to Wasteland: Historicizing Environmental Activism in Children’s Literature.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 19.4 (1994): 148–53.