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With emphases on Literary Fantasy, Myth and Folktale, Children's Literature, and the Gothic, Lori M. Campbell teaches courses in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature and Cultural Studies, as well as in Composition. Her book, Portals of Power: Magical Agency and Transformation in Literary Fantasy, was published in February 2010 by McFarland and Company. The book explores the ways in which magical nexus points and movement between worlds are used to illustrate real-world power dynamics, especially those impacting women and children.
Her other publications include articles on Thomas Hardy, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Frances Hodgson Burnett, J.M. Barrie, and William Morris, as well as introductions to new Barnes and Noble editions of classic works by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Edward Lear. In addition to teaching and advising students in the English Department and Film Studies Program, Dr. Campbell is also the director of The Fantasy Studies Fellowship, a social and intellectual organization she established in 2005 for Pitt undergraduates dedicated to the study and appreciation of the Fantastic.