Joosen, Vanessa, Michelle Anya Anjirbag, Leander Duthoy, Lindsey Geybels, Frauke Pauwels, Emma-Louise Silva. Age in David Almond’s Oeuvre: A Multi-Method Approach to Studying Age and the Life Course in Children’s Literature. Routledge, 2023, DOI: 10.4324/9781003369608, available open access here.


Anjirbag, M.A. “Wicked Old Schoolmarm or Stern Old Crone? Age and Gender in Magical School Stories.” The Lion and the Unicorn, vol. 47, no. 2, 2023, pp. 101-122. (DOI: 10.1353/uni.2023.a924065).

Anjirbag, M.A. “Disney Fairy Tale in the Classroom: Navigating Webs of Content and Context.” Teaching Media (JCMS), vol. 8, no. 2, 2023,;view=fulltext.

Anjirbag, M.A. “No Country for Old Women: Age, Power, and Beauty in Neil Gaiman’s Fantasies.” Marvels & Tales, 2023, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 3-20, DOI: 10.1353/mat.2023.a900258

Anjirbag, M.A. and Vanessa Joosen. ““You Have to Set the Story You Know Aside”: Constructions of Youth, Adulthood and Senescence in Cinderella Is Dead.” Humanities, 2022, vol 11(1), 25, DOI: 10.3390/h11010025

Anjirbag, M.A. “Once Upon a ‘Fairy Tale Revolution’: Adapting Canonical Fairy Tales Beyond Happily Ever After.” Gramarye, Issue 19, 2021, pp. 47-60.

Anjirbag, M.A. “Enter the Castle: Reiterating Medievalism in the Framing of Disney’s Fantasyscapes”. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly Special Issue on The Medieval in Modern Children’s Literature, vol. 45, no. 4, Winter 2020, pp. 346-363, DOI: 10.1353/chq.2020.0043.

Anjirbag, M.A. “‘Endless wonder’ for Whom?: Adaptation, Transformation, and Magical Libraries”. Adaptation, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 78-95, 2021 [advance publication date 10 March 2020], DOI: 10.1093/adaptation/apaa005

Anjirbag, M.A. “Reforming Borders of the Imagination: Diversity, Adaptation, Transmediation, and Incorporation in the Global Disney Film Landscape.” Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures special issue on Borders, vol. 11, no. 2, 2019, pp. 151-76. DOI: 10.1353/jeu.2019.0021

Anjirbag, M.A. “Mulan and Moana: Embedded Coloniality and the Search for Authenticity in Disney Animated Film”. Soc. Sci. 2018, 7(11), 230; DOI: 10.3390/socsci7110230

Book Chapters

Anjirbag M.A. “Disney Publishing and the Saturation of the Imaginative Market” Disney Fan Phenomena. Edited by Sabrina Mittermeier. Intellect Books, 2022, pp. 218-227.

Mittermeier, Sabrina with Michelle Anya Anjirbag, Bertha Chin, and Jingan Young. “Panel Discussion: The Live Action Mulan (2020) and Disney’s Approach to Racial Diversity.” Disney Fan Phenomena. Edited by Sabrina Mittermeier. Intellect Books, 2022, pp. 62-74.   

Anjirbag, M.A. “That’s So Raven’s Home and Boy Meets Girl Meets World: Recursion, Revival, and Multi-generational Dialogues in Disney Channel Original Programming.” Disney Channel Tween Programming: Essays on Shows from Lizzie McGuire to Andi Mack. Edited by Chris E. Bell. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2020, pp. 239-254.

Anjirbag, M.A. and Madeleine Hunter. “A Twist in or out of Time? – Adapting the Disney Classic for a YA Audience.” Adaptation in Young Adult Novels: Critically Engaging Past and Present. Edited by Dana Lawrence and Amy L. Montz. Bloomsbury Academic, 2020, pp. 139-152.

Book/Film Reviews

Anjirbag, M.A. (review) “Cinderella (2021).” Studies in Musical Theatre, 2022, Vol 16, No 2, pp. 156-158. DOI: 10.1386/smt_00097_5

Anjirbag, M.A. (review) “Recasting the Disney Princess in an Era of New Media and Social Movements, edited by Shearon Roberts.” Marvels & Tales, 2021, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 391-393.

Anjirbag, M.A. (review) “Reading Children’s Literature: A Critical Introduction, Second Edition by Carrie Hintz and Eric Tribunella.” International Research in Children’s Literature, Vol. 13, no. 2, 2020, pp. 348-350. DOI: 10.3366/ircl.2020.0367

Anjirbag, M.A. (review) “Intermedial Borders and Global Fairy-Tale Cultures”. Jeunesse: Young People, Text, Cultures, Vol. 11, no. 1, 2019, pp. 172-8. DOI: 10.1353/jeu.2019.0010

Doctoral Thesis

Anjirbag, M. (2020). Race and the Renaissance: The legacy of diversity in Disney fairy-tale and folkloresque film adaptations (Doctoral thesis).


Anjirbag, M.A. “‘I want much more than this provincial tale’: Disney’s classic fairy tale in stasis.” Presented at StageStruck! 5: Nostalgia and the Hollywood Musical, Panel: Once Upon a Dream: Nostalgia in the Disney Princess Musical (Hybrid) 16 May 2024, The Great American Songbook Foundation, Carmel, Indiana (online presentation).

Anjirbag, M.A. “GIFCon 2024: Conjuring Creatures and Worlds Opening Roundtable,” invited speaker and participant (plenary roundtable), 15 May 2024, University of Glasgow, UK, (online presentation).

Anjirbag, M.A. “Fantasy Libraries and Re-Imagining the Archival Space.” Presented at Narrative 2024, Panel: The Archive of Childhood (Hybrid) 17 April 2024, Newcastle University, UK (online presentation).

Anjirbag, M.A. “A ‘Frozen’ Fairy-Tale Aesthetic: Will Disney Ever Truly Go ‘Into the Unknown’?” Presented as invited plenary lecture, Picturing Otherness: A historical perspective on diversity in children’s literature (20th-21st Century), 1 March 2023, University of Hamburg, Germany.

Anjirbag, M.A. “If the shoe fits, it could fit you: Disney’s “Cinderellas” as corporate palimpsest.” Presented at the Interim Conference of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR), 21 July 2022, London, UK.

Anjirbag, M.A. “Reexamining the Aged Woman in Neil Gaiman’s Fantasies.” Presented at Once and Future Fantasies, 14 July 2022, Glasgow, UK.

Anjirbag, M.A. “Lullabies and trauma in Disney film.” Presented at IRSCL Congress 2019, The Implications and Impact of Silencing Narratives, 16 August 2019, Stockholm, Sweden.

Anjirbag, M.A. “Endless Wonder: libraries as portals to urban fantasy.” Presented at Glasgow International Fantasy Conversations (GIFCON) 2019, Panel 9: Border crossing in the Mythosphere, 23 May 2019, University of Glasgow, UK. 

Anjirbag, M.A. “Replication or Reiteration: Disney’s adaptation of its own fairy-tale properties.” Presented at the English Department Flash Forum, 15 March 2019, University of Cambridge, UK.   

Anjirbag, M.A. “Moving from Coloniality to Representational Diversity in Animated Film.” Presented at Reading YA Fiction, 24 May 2018, University of Birmingham, UK.

Anjirbag, M.A. “Intertextuality and intergenerational dialogues in the re-iteration of Disney Classic films.” Presented at the International Symposium on Intergenerational Solidarity in Children’s Literature and Culture, 28 April 2018, Children’s Literature Research Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK.

Anjirbag, M.A. “Space for Change: Reshaping Societal Ideals through Liminality in Original Fairy Tales.” Presented at Northeastern Modern Language Association Annual Conference, Fairy Tales in Society and Culture 1: Psychology of Fairy Tales, 18 March 2016, Hartford, CT.

Online Publications, Public Lectures, Appearances

Hoe woke is Disney? Eén zeemeermin maakt de lente niet.” Interview in De Standaard, 2 January 2024. (Please use for an accurate translation)

Het Ding: 100 Jaar Disney: Onvoldoende Diversiteit”; research profile, Stroom: University of Antwerp Newsletter.” 13 October 2023. (Please use for an accurate translation)

Anjirbag, M.A. “Old Familiar Tales and New Worlds: Echoes and Road Maps Through Fantasy.” Presented at Study Day: Fantasy, British Library, 17 June 2023, London, UK.

Anjirbag, M.A. “Reflecting futures in fantastic media: who do we think we can become?Fantasy/Animation Research Blog, 20 January 2023.

We oogsten wat jeugdboeken zaaien“; featured researcher on the University of Antwerp blog, 25 April 2022. (please use for an accurate translation)

Anjirbag, M.A. “How We Learn to Say the Unsayable: Grief in Fantasy/Animation.” Fantasy/Animation Research Blog, 22 January 2021.

Anjirbag, M.A. “Whose Magic Mirrors Are These?: fairy-tale wonder and representation.” Presented at “Discovering Children’s Literature” Study Morning for U3A, British Library, 23 July 2020, remote, UK.

Guest on “Cambridge Quaranchats with Simone Eringfeld” (podcast), 23 April 2020.

Anjirbag, M.A. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Joachim Rønning, 2019) and the Construction of Fantasy Spaces.” Fantasy/Animation Research Blog, 7 February 2020.

Anjirbag, M.A. “Unlocking the Cabinet of Stories: Fairy Tales, Subversion, and Representation.” Presented at Study Day: Fairy Tales, British Library, 18 January 2020, London, UK.

Anjirbag, M.A. “Beyond Finding Roots, Glimpsing Who You Might Have Become.” World Kid Lit Blog, 21 September 2018.

Anjirbag, M.A. “Dealing with Dragons, or Learning to Become One?” Scotland’s Early Literature for Children Initiative (SELCIE) Blog, 21 September 2018. (Archived).

Panel moderator, Lost Voices and Hidden Histories: Expanding the Story of Connecticut, hosted by the Connecticut River Museum, 18 September 2017.

Panelist on The Watkinson School Presents, Freshly Squeezed with Colin McEnroe: “A Very Exciting Time to Be a Word”, recorded 5 April 2017 at the Watkinson School. Broadcast on WNPR 19 April 2017.