Lori Campbell

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Contact Information


Advisor, English Department


CL 501C


Lori Campbell received M.A. and Doctorate degrees in English at Duquesne University and a B.A. in English at University of Pittsburgh.  She teaches and publishes in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature and Cultural Studies, particularly in Fantasy, Childhood Studies, Mythology and Folklore Studies, and the Gothic, as well as in Romantic and Victorian Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.

Research and Publications

Dr. Campbell’s second book, A Quest of Her Own:  Essays on the Female Hero in Modern Fantasy (McFarland and Co., fall 2014), seeks to define this recent character archetype by offering a nuanced look at female heroism as it influences and is influenced by the society out of which it is constructed.  Dr. Campbell’s first book, Portals of Power: Magical Agency and Transformation in Literary Fantasy (McFarland and Co., 2010), expands the portal concept based on the ways in which fantasists use movement between worlds to respond to contemporary real-world power dynamics, especially regarding women and children. 

Dr. Campbell has published articles on J.R.R. Tolkien and the child reader, inheritance and resistance in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, the creative/destructive male gaze in Thomas Hardy’s Wessex novels, and the Woman Question in William Morris’ romances.  She has also published introductions to new editions of classic texts by Barnes and Noble, including Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, Herland and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Complete Book of Nonsense by Edward Lear, Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott; and by Race Point Publishing, The Complete Tales of the Brothers Grimm.

Special Projects:  In 2005, Dr. Campbell started The Fantasy Studies Fellowship, a social and intellectual discussion group open to Pitt undergraduates of all majors who are dedicated to the study and appreciation of the Fantastic. The group, which will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a conference on “Tolkien and Modern Fantasy” at Pitt in March 2015, meets monthly to discuss books and films chosen by its members.  For more information, contact Dr. Campbell at lmc5@pitt.edu. You can request to join the group on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/FSFPittU/

In 2014, Dr. Campbell became the Faculty Advisor for Pitt Project Potter, a Harry Potter themed service organization open to Pitt undergraduates of all majors.  Learn more and get involved by joining Pitt Project Potter on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pittprojectpotter


Harry Potter:  Blood, Power, Culture
Fantasy and Romance
Myth and Folktale
Junior Seminar
Childhood’s Books
Children and Culture
The Gothic Imagination
Research Writing

Awards and Distinctions

Nominee, Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, 2011 and 2008 
Nominee, Tina and David Bellet Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, 2011 and 2008  
Recipient, CGS Student Choice Award for Teaching Excellence. 
Recipient, Fellowship for the CIDDE Faculty Diversity Seminar sponsored by the Provost 

Book Cover
Lori Campbell. A Quest of Her Own: Essays on the Female Hero in Modern Fantasy. McFarland, 2014
Portals of Power: Magical Agency and Transformation in Literary Fantasy
Lori Campbell. Portals of Power: Magical Agency and Transformation in Literary Fantasy. McFarland, 2010