Prof Clare Bradford

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Emeritus Professor

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

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Biography

I hold a Personal Chair as Alfred Deakin Professor in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University, where I work in the field of literary studies. I have published 13 books and over 80 essays and journal articles on children's and other literature. My most recent book is The Middle Ages in Children's Literature (Palgrave), which explores how the Middle Ages are used and abused in medievalist texts for the young--that is, post-medieval texts which respond to and deploy medieval culture.

From 2007-2011 I served as President of the International Research Society for Children's Literature, the main international scholarly organisation in the field. In this role I met scholars from all over the world undertaking research in children's literature. In 2009 the Trudeau Foundation (Canada) named me as its first Visiting International Fellow, and during 2010 I spent most of the year working with Canadian scholars at the University of Winnipeg's Centre for Young People's Texts and Cultures. In 2011 I was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.

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Research interests

Children's literature: social, cultural and political aspects; postcolonial studies and literatures; utopian studies; medievalisms in texts and culture

Affiliations

Children's Literature Association

International Research Society for Children's Literature

Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research

Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand

Teaching interests

Children's literature, postcolonialism, medievalism

Professional activities

Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, elected 2011

Visiting International Fellow, Trudeau Foundation (Canada), from 2009

Director of the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention, 2010-2014

Joint Editor of Book Series, Critical Approaches to Children's Literature (Palgrave UK)

President, International Research Society for Children's Literature (2007-2011)

Vice-President, International Research Society for Children's Literature (2005-2007)

Editor, Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature, from 1996

Member of Editorial Board, Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures (University of Winnipeg, Canada)

Publication Committee, Children's Literature Association (USA) 2007-2010

Referee, Children's Literature (Johns Hopkins University Press)

 President, Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research, 1998-2002

Awards

Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2011

Inaugural Visiting International Trudeau Fellowship, 2009-2011, Trudeau Foundation, Canada

Children's Literature Association Honor Book for Unsettling Narratives: Postcolonial Readings of Children's Literature, 2009

Children's Literature Association Book Award for outstanding book on children's literature published in 2001 for Reading Race: Aboriginality in Australian Children's Literature

International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL) Award, for Reading Race: Aboriginality in Australian Children's Literature, 2003

Publications

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2017

The critical reading of children's texts: theories, methodologies, and critiques

Prof Clare Bradford

(2017), pp. 16-27, Critical content analysis of children's and young adult literature: reframing perspective, New York, N.Y., B1

chapter
2016

Ubby's underdogs: a transformative vision of Australian community

Prof Clare Bradford, Mrs Cathy Sly, Xu Daozhi

(2016), Vol. 24, pp. 101-131, Papers: explorations into children's literature, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

Juvenile fiction

Mavis Reimer, Prof Clare Bradford, Heather Snell

(2016), pp. 280-299, World Novel in English to 1950, Oxford, Eng., B1

chapter
2015

The Middle Ages in Children's Literature

Prof Clare Bradford

(2015), Houndmills Basingstoke UK, A1

book

Introduction. Girls, texts, cultures: cross-disciplinary dialogues

Prof Clare Bradford

(2015), pp. 1-1, Girls, texts, cultures, Waterloo, Ont., B1

chapter

Female protagonists in Arthurian television for the young

Prof Clare Bradford, Miss Rebecca Hutton

(2015), pp. 11-34, The Middle Ages in Popular Culture: Medievalism and Genre, Amerst, N. Y., B1

chapter

Parent, child and state in Chinese children’s books

Lijun Bi, Dr Xiangshu Fang, Prof Clare Bradford

(2015), Vol. 23, pp. 34-52, Papers: explorations into children's literature, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

ThreshHold

A/Prof Dirk De Bruyn, Prof Clare Bradford

(2015), Belgrade, Serbia, J1

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'Turning around' to the affordances of digital games: English curriculum and students' lifeworlds

Prof Catherine Beavis, Christopher Walsh, Prof Clare Bradford, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Mr Thomas Apperley, Amanda Gutierrez

(2015), Vol. 50, pp. 30-40, English in Australia, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal
2014

Made in New Zealand: place and enchantment in Margaret Mahy's picture books

Prof Clare Bradford

(2014), Vol. 39, pp. 111-120, Children's literature association quarterly, Baltimore, Maryland, C1

journal

Here be dragons

Prof Clare Bradford

(2014), pp. 207-226, International medievalism and popular culture, Amherst, N. Y., B1

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"My blarsted greenstone throne!" Māori princesses and nationhood in New Zealand fiction for girls

Prof Clare Bradford

(2014), pp. 95-109, Colonial girlhood in literature, culture and history, 1840-1950, Basingstoke, England, B1

chapter

Fantasy and its functions in Medievalist picture books

Prof Clare Bradford

(2014), pp. 61-74, Picture books and beyond, Newtown, NSW, B1

chapter
2013

Medievalism and nationhood in children's literature

Prof Clare Bradford

(2013), pp. 209-221, The nation in children's literature : nations of childhood, Abingdon, Eng., B1

chapter

Monsters: monstrous identities in young adult romance

Prof Clare Bradford

(2013), pp. 115-125, (Re)Imagining the world: children's literature's response to changing times, Heidelberg , Germany, B1

chapter
2012

Instilling postcolonial nostalgias : Ned Kelly narratives for children

Prof Clare Bradford

(2012), Vol. 36, pp. 191-206, Journal of Australian studies, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal

Narrative and computer games

Prof Clare Bradford

(2012), pp. 115-120, Digital games : literacy in action, Kensington Gardens S. A., B1

chapter

Where happily ever after happens every day : the medievalisms of Disney's princesses

Prof Clare Bradford

(2012), pp. 171-188, The Disney middle ages : a fairy-tale and fantasy past, Basingstoke, England, B1

chapter
2011

Postcolonial

Prof Clare Bradford

(2011), pp. 177-181, Keywords for children's literature, New York, B1

chapter

Children as ecocitizens : ecocriticism and environmental texts

Geraldine Massey, Prof Clare Bradford

(2011), pp. 109-126, Contemporary children`s literature and film : engaging with theory, Hampshire, England, B1

chapter

Journeying subjects : spatiality and identity in children's texts

Prof Clare Bradford, Raffaella Baccolini

(2011), pp. 36-56, Contemporary children's literature and film : engaging with theory, London, England, B1

chapter

Children's literature in a global age : transnational and local identities

Prof Clare Bradford

(2011), Vol. 2, pp. 20-34, Nordic journal of childlit aesthetics, Sweden, C1

journal

Multiculturalism and post-colonialism

Prof Clare Bradford

(2011), pp. 162-169, Children's literature studies : a research handbook, Basingstoke, England, B1

chapter

Reading indigeneity : the ethics of interpretation and representation

Prof Clare Bradford

(2011), pp. 331-342, Handbook of research on children's and young adult literature, New York, B1

chapter

The case of children's literature : colonial or anti-colonial?

Prof Clare Bradford

(2011), Vol. 1, pp. 271-279, Global Studies of Childhood, Oxford, U.K., C1

journal

The return of the fairy : Australian medievalist fantasy for the young

Prof Clare Bradford

(2011), Vol. 26, pp. 115-132, Australian literary studies, Ipswich, Qld., C1

journal
2010

"Everything must go!" : consumerism and reader positioning in M. T. Anderson's Feed

Prof Clare Bradford

(2010), Vol. 2, pp. 128-137, Jeunesse : young people, texts, cultures, Winnipeg, Canada, C1

journal

Race, ethnicity and colonialism

Prof Clare Bradford

(2010), pp. 39-50, The routledge companion to children's literature, London, England, B1

chapter

Looking for my corpse : video games and player positioning

Prof Clare Bradford

(2010), Vol. 33, pp. 54-64, Australian journal of language and literacy, Norwood, S. A.., C1

journal
2009

Playing at bullying : the postmodern ethic of Bully (Canis Canem edit)

Prof Clare Bradford

(2009), Vol. 1, pp. 67-82, Digital culture and education, Australia, C1

journal

Australian children's literature

Prof Clare Bradford

(2009), pp. 282-302, The Cambridge history of Australian literature, Melbourne, Vic., B1

chapter

Literacy in the digital age : learning from computer games

Prof Clare Bradford, Prof Catherine Beavis, Mr Thomas Apperley, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Christopher Walsh

(2009), Vol. 43, pp. 162-175, English in education, United Kingdom, C1

journal

Muslim - Christian relations and the third crusade : medievalist imaginings

Prof Clare Bradford

(2009), Vol. 2, pp. 177-191, International research in children's literature, Edinburgh, Scotland, C1

journal

Decolonising space : Indigenous picture books and agency

Prof Clare Bradford

(2009), pp. 109-116, Metamorphoses in children's literature and culture, Yliopistopaino, Jyvaskyla, Finland, E1

conference

Indigeneity and children's literature

Prof Clare Bradford

(2009), pp. 117-132, English for a new millennium : leading change, Kent Town, S. Aust., B1

chapter

Race and reconciliation in settler culture children's literature

Prof Clare Bradford

(2009), pp. 48-60, Readings on ELT materials III, Malaysia, B1

chapter
2008

The homely imaginary : fantasies of nationhood in Australian and Canadian texts

Prof Clare Bradford

(2008), pp. 177-193, Home words : discourses of children's literature in Canada, Waterloo, Ont., B1

chapter

New world orders and the dystopian turn : transforming visions of territoriality and belonging in recent Australian children's fiction

Prof Clare Bradford, Dr Kerry Mallan, Prof John Stephens

(2008), Vol. 32, pp. 349-359, Journal of Australian studies, St. Lucia, Qld., C1

journal

New world orders in contemporary children's literature : utopian transformations

Prof Clare Bradford, Dr Kerry Mallan, Prof John Stephens, Dr Robyn Mc Callum

(2008), New York, United States, A1

book

Research methodologies in creative practice : literacy in the digital age of the twenty first century - learning from computer games

Prof Catherine Beavis, Prof Clare Bradford, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Christopher Walsh

(2008), pp. 1-9, AARE 2008 : Changing climates : education for sustainable futures : Proceedings of the 2008 Australian Association for Research in Education conference, Coldstream, Vic., E1-1

conference
2007

Postcolonial bildungsroman: indigenous subjects and identity-formation

Prof Clare Bradford

(2007), Vol. 29, pp. 10-18, Waiguo wenxue yanjiu, China, C1

journal

Cross generational negotiations: Asian Australian picture books

Prof Clare Bradford

(2007), Vol. 17, pp. 36-42, Papers: explorations into children's literature, Victoria Park, W.A., C1

journal

Representing Islam: female subjects in Suzanne Fisher Staples's novels

Prof Clare Bradford

(2007), Vol. 32, pp. 47-61, Children's literature association quarterly, Baltimore, Md., C1

journal

Unsettling narratives: postcolonial readings of childrens literature

Prof Clare Bradford

(2007), Waterloo, Ont., A1

book

Re-membering colonialism: tropes of discovery in settler-society texts

Prof Clare Bradford

(2007), Vol. 33, pp. 66-81, Canadian children's literature, Guelph, Ont, C1

journal

Exclusions and inclusions: multiculturalism in contemporary Taiwanese and Australian picturebooks

Prof Clare Bradford, Hui-Ling Huang

(2007), Vol. 45, pp. 5-12, Bookbird: a journal of international children's literature, Baltimore, Md., C1

journal

Reading childrens literature : theories and strategies

Prof Clare Bradford

(2007), pp. 1-21, Understanding childrens literature, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, B1

chapter
2005

They went home: racialised spaces in contemporary picture books

Prof Clare Bradford

(2005), Vol. 1, pp. 86-95, Australian critical race and whiteness studies association journal, Australia, C1

journal

Whiteness is all: Stuart Little and the American dream

Prof Clare Bradford

(2005), pp. 92-103, Adaption as a strategy of childrens literature, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, E1

conference

Education, state and agency in dystopian children's texts

Margaret Aitken, Prof Clare Bradford, Geraldine Massey

(2005), Vol. 15, pp. 22-30, Papers : explorations into children's literature, Victoria Park, W.A., C1

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New social orders: reconceptualising family and community in utopian fiction

Dr Kerry Mallan, Prof Clare Bradford, Prof John Stephens

(2005), Vol. 15, pp. 6-21, Papers: exploration into children's literature, Victoria Park, W.A., C1

journal
2004

To hold up prisms: Australian and Canadian indigenous publishing for children

Prof Clare Bradford

(2004), Vol. 42, pp. 30-37, Bookbird: a journal of international children's literature, Baltimore, Md., C1

journal

Transformative fictions: postcolonial encounters in Australian texts

Prof Clare Bradford

(2004), Vol. 28, pp. 195-202, Children's literature association quarterly, Baltimore, Md., C1

journal

When everything old is new again: Aboriginal texts and the politics of renewal

Prof Clare Bradford

(2004), pp. 17-24, Change and renewal in children`s literature, Westport, Conn., B1

chapter
2003

The sky is falling: children as environmental subjects in contemporary picture books

Prof Clare Bradford

(2003), pp. 111-120, Children's literature and the Fin de siecle, Westport, Conn., B1

chapter

Picturing Australian history: visual texts in nonfiction for children

Prof Clare Bradford

(2003), pp. 99-105, Presence of the past in children's literature, Westport, Conn., B1

chapter

"Oh how different!" : regimes of knowledge in aboriginal texts for children

Prof Clare Bradford

(2003), Vol. 27, pp. 199-217, Lion and the unicorn, Baltimore, Md, C1

journal

Art, pain, children: utopian and dystopian discourses in picture books

Prof Clare Bradford

(2003), Vol. 4, pp. 1-7, Double dialogues, Canterbury, Vic., C1

journal

There's no place like home : unhomely moments in three postcolonial picture books

Prof Clare Bradford

(2003), pp. 104-109, ACLAR 2001 : Cinderella transformed: multiple voices and diverse dialogues in children's literature : Proceedings of the 2001 Australasian Children¿s Literature Association for Research Conference, Christchurch, N.Z, E1

conference

Home, homelessness, and liminal spaces: the uses of postcolonial theory for reading (national) children's literatures

Mavis Reimer, Prof Clare Bradford

(2003), pp. 200-217, Children's literature global and local : social and aesthetic perspectives ; Selected papers from the 16th biennal congress of the International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL), held in Kristiansand, Norway in 2003, Oslo, Norway, E1

conference

Aboriginal visual narratives for children: a politics of place

Prof Clare Bradford

(2003), pp. 65-77, Art, narrative and childhood, Stoke on Trent, England, B1

chapter

Stronger than yesterday: romance and antiromance in popular music

Prof Clare Bradford

(2003), pp. 35-46, Youth cultures; texts, images, and identities, Westport, London, B1

chapter
2002

Performances of colour : narratives of passing in contemporary settler-colony texts

Prof Clare Bradford

(2002), pp. 77-84, Seriously playful : genre, performance, and text, Flaxton, Qld., B1

chapter
2001

Worth in the telling: tales of trauma in Australian Aboriginal narratives

Prof Clare Bradford

(2001), Vol. 27, pp. -, Canadian children's literature, Ontario, Canada, C1-1

journal

Mother, maiden, child: gender as performance in the book of Margery Kempe

Prof Clare Bradford

(2001), pp. 165-181, Feminist poetics of the sacred, creative suspicions, New York, USA, B1

chapter

Reading race, aboriginality in Australian children`s literature

Prof Clare Bradford

(2001), Carlton, Victoria, A1

book

Possessed by the beast: subjectivity and agency in pictures in the dark and foxspell

Prof Clare Bradford

(2001), pp. 149-164, Mystery in children`s literature, from the rational to the supernatural, Houndmills, Hampshire, UK., B1

chapter

The end of empire? colonial and postcolonial journeys in children`s books

Prof Clare Bradford

(2001), Vol. 29, pp. 196-218, Children's literature, New Haven, USA, C1

journal
1999

The making of an elder : Patricia Wrightson and Aboriginality

Prof Clare Bradford

(1999), pp. -, Children's Literature Matters : Proceedings of the 3rd Australian Children's Literature Association for Research conference, Burwood, Vic., E1

conference

Grants

Australian Competitive Grants

Building cultural citizenship: Multiculturalism and children's literature

Prof Clare Bradford, Dr Wenche Ommundsen

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2008: $67,127
  • 2007: $65,811
  • 2006: $65,545

Literacy in the digital world of the twenty-first century: learning from computer games.

Prof Catherine Beavis, Prof Clare Bradford, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Christopher Walsh

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 1

  • 2010: $52,596
  • 2008: $41,626
  • 2007: $65,295

From Colonial to Modern: Transnational Girlhood in Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian Print Cultures (1840-1940)

Dr Michelle Smith, Prof Clare Bradford, Dr Kristine Moruzi

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2013: $58,752

Other Public Sector Funding

Developing Children's Literature Scholarship: Collaboration between Australia and India

Prof Clare Bradford

  • 2008: $5,000

Literacy in the digital world of the twenty-first century: learning from computer games.

Prof Catherine Beavis, Prof Clare Bradford, A/Prof Joanne O'Mara, Dr Christopher Walsh

  • 2010: $25,000
  • 2008: $30,000
  • 2007: $25,000

Australian and Indian (Tamil) Children's Literature: A comparative study

Prof Clare Bradford, Dr Meenakshi Hariharan, Prof C Indra

  • 2009: $4,500

Landscaping to Manufacturing: The Wool Industry in Geelong

Prof Clare Bradford, Prof Hisham Elkadi, A/Prof Dirk De Bruyn, Prof Andrea Witcomb, Dr Emily Potter

  • 2013: $5,000

Industry and Other Funding

Researching and Writing The Wintringham Story

Ms Karen Le Rossignol, Prof Clare Bradford

  • 2009: $40,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2016

Catherine Sly

Thesis entitled: A Narratological Investigation of Australian Graphic Novels for Children

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2015

Juliet O'Conor

Thesis entitled: Traditional Indigenous Australian Stories for Children

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2012

Mercedeh Makoui

Thesis entitled: Gender Relations in Iranian Picture Books: The Politics of Womanhood

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2011

Dirk De Bruyn

Thesis entitled: The Performance of Trauma in Moving Image Art

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2009

Joanna Walkden Harris

Thesis entitled: Feminist Perspectives on Gender Ideology in Recent Young Adult Literature

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2007

Kathryn Mary McInally

Thesis entitled: (Queer) Deleuzean Reading of Desire in Australian Young Adult Fiction

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2006

Kathryn Anne James

Thesis entitled: Matilda's Last Dance: Death, Gender, Sexuality and Australian Adolescent Literature

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2005

Diana Hodge

Thesis entitled: Victorianisms in Twentieth Century Young Adult Fiction

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Catherine Watkins

Thesis entitled: Celebrating Difference

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2003

Carol Lesley Naylor

Thesis entitled: `Commonsense, Manners, Guts': `Manliness' in the English School Story 1887-1917

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2002

Catherine Padmore

Thesis entitled: Leavings: A Novel and Exegesis

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2001

Gaylene Perry

Thesis entitled: Water's Edge Writing

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Literary & Communication Studies

Associate Supervisor
2016

Rebecca Elizabeth Hutton

Thesis entitled: Homebirds: re-conceptualising music in young adult LGBTQ fiction

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2004

Kathryn Hegarty

Thesis entitled: Crossing Bowen Street: Mapping Interventions in the Classed Subject

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2002

Darren Drake

Thesis entitled: Secularism Exhausted? Non-Indigenous Postcolonial Discourses and the Question of Aboriginal Religion

Master of Arts, School of Communication & Creative Arts