Dr Victoria de Rijke


Dr Victoria de Rijke
NameDr Victoria de Rijke
Job titleProfessor
Research institute
Primary appointmentEducation
Email addressV.deRijke@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0804-5687
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

Dr. Victoria de Rijke is Professor in Arts & Education at Middlesex University in London and Co-Chief Editor of Children’s Literature in Education Journal. Her research and publication is transdisciplinary across the fields of literature and the arts, children’s literature, media, play and animal studies, through the associations of metaphor.  

Publications include The Untimely Art of Scribble. (2023) The And Article: Collage as Research Method, Qualitative Inquiry. (2023) Reading Children’s Literature. In Reading: Multiple Perspectives. (2022) and ‘War-torn: a juxtaposition of signifiers, or radical collage in children’s literature’ Journal of Literary Education (2018). 

Teaching

Teaching on postgraduate doctoral and Initial Teacher Education programmes

Employment

Professor of Arts & Education
Middlesex University
01 Sept 1990
26 May 2025

Education and qualifications

Grants

Prizes and Awards

External activities

Doctoral Examiner
External examiner
Plymouth University

Research outputs

Refusing perpetual mediation: playing in the undercommons

Osgood, J., de Rijke, V. and Maxwell, M. 2025. Refusing perpetual mediation: playing in the undercommons. in: Osgood, J. and de Rijke, V. (ed.) Postdevelopmental Approaches to Play London, UK Bloomsbury.

The untimely art of scribble

de Rijke, V. 2023. The untimely art of scribble. Singapore Springer.

The And Article: Collage as research method

de Rijke, V. 2023. The And Article: Collage as research method. Qualitative Inquiry. https://doi.org/10.1177/10778004231165983

'That’s enough!' (but it wasn’t): the generative possibilities of attuning to what else a tantrum can do

Osgood, J. and de Rijke, V. 2022. 'That’s enough!' (but it wasn’t): the generative possibilities of attuning to what else a tantrum can do. Global Studies of Childhood. 12 (3), pp. 235-248. https://doi.org/10.1177/20436106221117167

Reading children's literature

de Rijke, V. 2021. Reading children's literature. Education 3-13. 49 (1), pp. 63-78. https://doi.org/10.1080/03004279.2020.1824703

Art and soul: Rudolf Steiner, interdisciplinary art and education

de Rijke, V. (ed.) 2019. Art and soul: Rudolf Steiner, interdisciplinary art and education. Cham, Switzerland Springer International Publishing.

Love and revolution in the post-truth university

de Rijke, V. 2019. Love and revolution in the post-truth university. in: Gibbs, P., Jameson, J. and Elwick, A. (ed.) Values of the University in a Time of Uncertainty Cham, Switzerland Springer International Publishing. pp. 157-170

"It might get messy, or not be right"; scribble as postdevelopmental art

de Rijke, V. 2019. "It might get messy, or not be right"; scribble as postdevelopmental art. in: Sakr, M. and Osgood, J. (ed.) Postdevelopmental Approaches to Childhood Art London, UK Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 153-176

Love & revolution in higher education

de Rijke, V. 2017. Love & revolution in higher education. Values in HE. New College, Oxford 11 - 14 Sep 2017

No fear of depths: a study of unsettling seas, pirates, children and risk in visual arts and literature

de Rijke, V. 2017. No fear of depths: a study of unsettling seas, pirates, children and risk in visual arts and literature. Mermaids, Maritime Folklore and Modernity. Copenhagen 19 - 23 Oct 2017

Art is... not play but a leap in the dark

de Rijke, V., Hollands, H., Pajaczkowska, C. and Sinker, R. 2016. Art is... not play but a leap in the dark. ART IS... A Day Devoted to Dialogue, Discussions and Ideas. Tate Modern 09 Jun 2016

Enhancing the resilience of children and young people in a risky world

Ball, D., Watt, J. and de Rijke, V. 2017. Enhancing the resilience of children and young people in a risky world. SRA-E 26th Annual Conference: New challenges, new threats: resilience and adaptation in a risky world. Lisbon, Portugal 19 - 21 Jun 2017

Playing in the dark with online games for girls

de Rijke, V., Philips, M. and Sinker, R. 2017. Playing in the dark with online games for girls. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. 18 (2), pp. 162-178. https://doi.org/10.1177/1463949117714079

Dark play in digital playscapes

Osgood, J., Sakr, M. and de Rijke, V. 2017. Dark play in digital playscapes. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood. 18 (2), pp. 109-113. https://doi.org/10.1177/1463949117714074

"The values of savagery": pathologies of child and pet play in avant-garde visual culture

de Rijke, V. 2017. "The values of savagery": pathologies of child and pet play in avant-garde visual culture. in: Feuerstein, A. and Nolte-Odhiambo, C. (ed.) Childhood and Pethood in Literature and Culture: New Perspectives in Childhood Studies and Animal Studies London Routledge. pp. 231-249

Art of play: contemporary art and play processes

de Rijke, V., Sinker, R., Tate, C. and Pajaczowska, R. (ed.) 2015. Art of play: contemporary art and play processes. Tate publishers.

'Creaturely life': biopolitical intensity in selected children's fables

de Rijke, V. 2014. 'Creaturely life': biopolitical intensity in selected children's fables. in: Keyes, M. and McGillicuddy, Á. (ed.) Politics and Ideology in Children's Literature Dublin Four Courts Press.

Mud mess and magic: building student teachers’ confidence for art & the outdoors in early years

de Rijke, V. and Bailey, F. 2014. Mud mess and magic: building student teachers’ confidence for art & the outdoors in early years. International Art in Early Childhood. 2014 (1), pp. 1-16.

Creaturely life: biopolitical intensity in selected children's fables

de Rijke, V. 2014. Creaturely life: biopolitical intensity in selected children's fables. in: Keyes, M. and McGillicuddy, A. (ed.) Politics and Ideology in Children's Literature (Studies in Children's Literature) Four Courts Press.

Supertoys: on play, affective machines and object Relation

de Rijke, V., Kahve Society, Arnolfini Gallery and Science=Bristol Supertoys: on play, affective machines and object Relation. Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol

Word play

de Rijke, V. 2013. Word play. in: The art & play reader London, UK Tate Publishing.

Supertoys: a user's manual

Kahve Society, Raglan Primary School, Headley Park Primary School and Rattlecat de Rijke, V. (ed.) 2008. Supertoys: a user's manual. Arnolfini.

"Your tern now my tern later": a tribute to the outlaw writer Russell Hoban

de Rijke, V. 2013. "Your tern now my tern later": a tribute to the outlaw writer Russell Hoban. Children's Literature in Education. 44 (4), pp. 281-294. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10583-012-9190-3

The a-z of dangerous food

de Rijke, V. and Sinker, R. 2012. The a-z of dangerous food. London TATE.

Not playing it safe: horror & the ludic in children’s picturebooks.

de Rijke, V. 2009. Not playing it safe: horror & the ludic in children’s picturebooks. in: Drillsma-Milgrom, B. and Kirstinä, L. (ed.) Metamorphoses in children’s literature & culture. Turku, Finland Enostone.

As if: childhood as a metaphor a psychoanalytic examination of twentieth century texts depicting childhood in the garden and the school.

de Rijke, V. 2000. As if: childhood as a metaphor a psychoanalytic examination of twentieth century texts depicting childhood in the garden and the school. PhD thesis Middlesex University School of Art, Design and Performing Arts

Duck

de Rijke, V. 2008. Duck. London, UK Reaktion.

Hello toy!

de Rijke, V., Pajaczkowska, C., Kahve Society and Enfield, London Borough of. 2008. Hello toy! in: Supertoys: a user’s manual. Bristol Arnolfini.

The revolutionary quack.

de Rijke, V. 2007. The revolutionary quack. in: Children's literature: some Marxist perspectives: owners of the means of instruction?: papers and presentations from conference 2006. Hatfield University of Hertfordshire Press.

Dare to dada: an argument for visual and verbal avant-garde poetry in the nursery

de Rijke, V. and Sinker, R. 2006. Dare to dada: an argument for visual and verbal avant-garde poetry in the nursery. International journal of education through art. 2 (3), pp. 211-222. https://doi.org/10.1386/etar.2.3.211_1

Leap of faith: an interview with Max Velthuijs

de Rijke, V. and Hollands, H. 2006. Leap of faith: an interview with Max Velthuijs. Children's Literature in Education. 37 (2), pp. 185-197. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10583-006-9005-5

Field of enquiry: but what are we supposed to be doing?

de Rijke, V., Hollands, H. and Sinker, R. 2006. Field of enquiry: but what are we supposed to be doing? Engage : the international journal of visual art and gallery education. Winter (18).

Looking for the thing that is not lost.

de Rijke, V. and Hollands, H. 2006. Looking for the thing that is not lost. in: Joosen, V. and Vloeberghs, K. (ed.) Changing concepts of childhood and children's literature. Newcastle Cambridge Scholars Press. pp. 55-70

The grain of a duck's voice

de Rijke, V. 2004. The grain of a duck's voice. Performance research: a journal of performing arts. 9 (2), pp. 132-141.

Horror fiction

de Rijke, V. 2004. Horror fiction. in: Hunt, P. (ed.) International companion encyclopedia of children's literature London Routledge.

Naked pigs: motifs & motives in Velthuijs's picturebooks

de Rijke, V. and Hollands, H. 2004. Naked pigs: motifs & motives in Velthuijs's picturebooks. in: Keenan, C. and Thompson, M. (ed.) Studies in children's literature,1500-2000 Dublin Four Courts Press.

Picturing children: constructions of childhood between Rousseau and Freud

de Rijke, V. 2002. Picturing children: constructions of childhood between Rousseau and Freud. The Art Book. 9 (4).

Book burning

de Rijke, V., Hollands, H. and Sinker, R. 2002. Book burning. Engage : the international journal of visual art and gallery education. Summer (12), pp. 16-23.

I told you I was ill: a tribute to the work of Spike Milligan

de Rijke, V. 2002. I told you I was ill: a tribute to the work of Spike Milligan. Children's Literature in Education. 33 (4), pp. 227-245.

Off the Shelf: De Rijke Marsh Morgan.

de Rijke, V., De Rijke, A., Scott, F. and Schonfield, K. 2001. Off the Shelf: De Rijke Marsh Morgan. London Architectural Association Publications.

A reminder of past realities: on the photographs of Roman Vishniac

de Rijke, V. 2000. A reminder of past realities: on the photographs of Roman Vishniac. The Art Book. 7 (2), pp. 8-10.

Nose book: representations of the nose in literature and the arts

de Rijke, V., Thomas, H. and Ostermark-Johansen, L. 2000. Nose book: representations of the nose in literature and the arts. London Middlesex University Press.

Erasing as making.

de Rijke, V., Hollands, H. and Cox, G. 2000. Erasing as making. in: Putnam, T., Facey, R. and Swales, V. (ed.) Making & unmaking: selected proceedings, Design History Society annual conference 2000. Portsmouth Design History Society.
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