Sarah Jessica Darley


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Sarah Jessica Darley is undertaking a PhD in Literature, exploring contemporary fairy tale literature in the wake of Angela Carter. The provisional title for her research is: ‘Like the Wild Beasts, She Lives Without a Future’: The Afterlives of Angela Carter in Contemporary Fairy Tale Literature. Within the scope of her thesis, Sarah hopes to apply Carter's own 'demythologising' methodology to both her authorial-myth and the reception of Carter's fairy tale ouevre, allowing for new critical avenues to occur.

Sarah was an Associate Tutor on the first year undergraduate module Reading Now for the 22/23 LDC cohort.

Sarah's first publication can be found within the volume Cross-Cultural Influences Between Japanese and American Pop Cultures: POWERS OF POP (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2023), ed. Dr. Kendra Nicole Sheehan. Her chapter - 'The Magical Girl Mirror: Reflections and Transcultural Transformations of Euro-American Fairy Tales in the Mahō Shōjo Genre' - surveys the complex cultural dialogue between Euro-American fairy tales and the mahō shōjo genre of Japanese media.

Earlier this year, Sarah presented her first paper '‘So she ran off the path and plunged into the woods’: Venturing into the Liminal Land of the Literary Fairy Tale' at Brown University, during their Norm and Transgression in the Fairy-Tale Tradition: (Non)Normative Identities, Forms, and Writings conference. This paper, and the others given, will be collated and published in a later volume (details to follow).

Key Research Interests

Fairy tales, Folk tales, and Mythology. YA and Children's Literature. Speculative Fiction. Feminist Literature. Cultural Studies. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, University of East Anglia


Award Date: 6 Dec 2019

Bachelor of Arts, University of East Anglia


Award Date: 16 Jul 2018

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia



  • English literature
  • Children's literature

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