Prof Clare Bradford

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Position

Emeritus Professor

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

Office of the Exec. Dean A&E

Campus

Off-Campus (Home)

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts, University of Auckland, 1970
Master of Arts, Wellington, Victoria U. of, 1972
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 1978
Master of Education, University of Sydney, 1983

Contact

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