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Dr Michelle Smith

Position: Research Fellow (Grade 2)
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Communication & Creative Arts
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Email: michelle.s@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Michelle Smith is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention. She recently completed an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship on the project 'From Colonial to Modern: Transnational Girlhood in Australian, Canadian and New Zealand Print Cultures, 1840-1940'. This archival project with Professor Clare Bradford and Dr Kristine Moruzi examined how girlhoods were conceived in Australian, New Zealand and Canadian print cultures from their colonial infancy to the development of distinct national identities and literatures. 

Michelle completed her doctoral dissertation on British girls' literature and empire at the University of Melbourne in 2007. Her research has been published in journals including Victorian Periodicals Review, English Literature in TransitionThe Lion and the UnicornContinuum, Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature and in numerous edited collections. She has a forthcoming article in Women's Writing on Ethel and Lilian Turner's colonial magazine the Parthenon and forthcoming chapters in Girls, Texts, Cultures (eds Mavis Reimer and Clare Bradford, Wilfrid Laurier UP), Series, Seriality in Young People's Texts: The Compulsion to Repeat (eds Mavis Reimer et al., Palgrave Macmillan), and Imagining Victorian Settler Homes: Antipodal Domestic Fiction (ed. Tamara Wagner, Pickering & Chatto). 

Michelle's monograph Empire in British Girls' Literature and Culture: Imperial Girls, 1880-1915 was published by Palgrave Macmillan (UK) in 2011. It won the 2012 European Society for the Study of English's Book Award for best first book (Literatures in English). With Kristine Moruzi,  she is the editor of a recently published six-volume anthology of girls' school stories for Routledge's 'History of Feminism' series, Girls' School Stories, 1749-1929  (2013), a special issue of the Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies on Colonial Girlhood, and the edited collection Colonial Girlhood in Literature, Culture and History, 1840-1940 (in press with Palgrave Macmillan). She has written articles about girlhood and literature for The Age, On Line Opinion and The  Conversation and maintains a blog at Girls Literature


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Arts), University of Melbourne, 2007
  • Master of Arts, University of Melbourne, 2003


Career highlights

2012- European Society for the Study of English Book Award for best book by a junior scholar (Literatures in English)

2012- Public talk at the Wheeler Centre, "From Prim to Poledance: Girls, Sex and Popular Culture", 4 October 2012. FULL VIDEO

2011-2013- Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship

2009- Deakin University Commendation for Excellence in Teaching


Affiliations

Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL)
Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research (ACLAR)
Australasian Victorian Studies Association (AVSA)
Modern Languages Association (MLA)
International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL)
 


Academic

Knowledge areas

Victorian literature and culture, gender and empire, girls' print culture, colonial Australian literature, Gothic fiction, feminist criticism, children's literature.


Conferences and seminars

2013
"Empire and Nation in Colonial Girls' Literature," NAVSA/BAVS/AVSA conference, Venice International University, Italy.

2012
"A Colonial Girls' Literary Magazine: Reading Ethel and Lilian Turner's the Parthenon," ASAL conference, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

"'When Womanhood and Childhood Meet': Colonial Femininity in Post-Federation Australian Girls' Domestic Fiction," Colonial Girlhood/Colonial Girls conference, University of Melbourne.

"The 'Australian Girl' and the Domestic Ideal in Colonial Women's Fiction," Australasian Victorian Studies Association, Griffith University, Brisbane.

"Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Becoming Beautiful in 19th-century Women's Magazines," invited lecture at the Johnston Collection. 2011 "Inventing Innocence: The Romantic Child in British Culture," Invited lecture at The Johnston Collection, East Melbourne.

Invited paper with fully-funded travel "Producing Australian Identity through Compulsory Reading: The Victorian School Paper, 1896-1917," Series and Repetition Symposium, University of Winnipeg, Canada.

"Wild Australian Girls? The Mythology of Colonial Femininity in British Print Culture, 1880-1925," Australasian Victorian Studies Association conference, University of Adelaide.

"The Ambivalence of Home: Anxieties of the Bush in Australian Children's Fiction, 1880-1920," International Research Society for Children's Literature congress, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

With Kristine Moruzi. "Australia, the Great War and Coming of Age in Children's Literature," Approaching War: Children's Culture and War, 1880-1919 symposium, University of Technology Sydney.

2010
"Wild Australian Girls? The Mythology of Colonial Femininity in British Print Culture, 1880-1925", Girls, Texts, Cultures symposium, University of Winnipeg, Canada. Invited paper with fully-funded travel

"On the Origin of Men: Boyhood, Darwinism and Tarzan of the Apes," Australasian Association for Literature, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

2009
"Rewriting the Robinsonade: The Development of the Female Crusoe," International Research Society for Children's Literature Congress, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. "

Girl Crusoes: Sensing Nature, Independence and Danger," Australasian Victorian Studies Association, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

2008
With Kristine Moruzi. "The Geography of Work: Characterising Work in the Girl's Own Paper", Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, University of Roehampton, London, United Kingdom.

"Reconfiguring Time, Nation and Gender in E. Nesbit's Psammead Trilogy", Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

2007
"'Girls! Girls, Everywhere!': Angela Brazil and the Late-Victorian Origins of the School Story," Australasian Victorian Studies Association, University of Western Australia.

2006
"Shaping the 'Girl' as Reader and Consumer': The Girl's Own Paper, 1880-1907," Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies, University of Durham, United Kingdom.

Media appearances

Articles
“Duly Noted: Online Abuse Will Not Silence Women.” The Age, 30 Jul 2013.
"MasterChef  Offers a Slice of Sexism." The Age, 27 Apr 2013.
"Girl Power Eroded by Cheap and Smutty Schoolgirl Photos." Age, 6 Nov 2012.
“Frills and Spills of Lingerie Football Tackle All Women Hard.” Age, 6 Jun 2012.
"Lego Makes Sure that Boys Will be Boys and Girls Will be Girls." Age, 27 Dec 2011.
"Women in Australia's Military: On the Front Line of the Gender War." The Conversation, 11 Nov 2011.
"Bert and Ernie Should Come Out of Sesame Street's Closet." Age, 19 Aug 2011. 
“Child Beauty Pageants are Hideously Ugly.” Age, 19 May 2011.
“The Royal Wedding and the Lure of the Princess Myth.” The Conversation, 28 Apr 2011.
“The St Kilda Schoolgirl and Our Troubled Relationship with Tricky Women”, The Conversation, 23 Mar 2011.
“Criticism of ‘Dangerous’ School Text Ignores Literature’s Role in Learning”, Age, 18 Feb 2011.
“The Apostrophe Joins the Endangered List”, On Line Opinion, 20 Dec. 2010.
“Guiding Light for a New Generation”, The Age, 8 Oct. 2010.
“Tim Burton’s Version of Alice Says a Lot About How We Think of Girls”, The Age, 11 Mar 2010, p. 23. 

Radio and TV Interviews
Scary Fairy Tales on Sunday with Libbi Gorr, ABC Melbourne. 
The Project on women in the ADF, Channel 10
Interviews on girls, sex and popular culture, Derryn Hinch, 3AW and The Breakfasters RRR
Interviews on the Lingerie Football League on Grandstand Breakfast, ABC Radio and Mike Welsh, 2CC Drive Show
Panel on fairy tales with Libbi Gorr and Dave O'Neil, ABC Melbourne
Various interviews with Sonya Feldhoff, ABC Adelaide, Lindy Burns, ABC Melbourne, ABC Radio National, ABC Melbourne.
Television interview on the royal wedding, ABC News Breakfast

Related Links

My blog Girls' Literature and Culture


Research

Research grants

Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2013), Discovery grant for the project 'From Colonial to Modern: Transnational  Girlhood in Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Print Culture, 1840-1940' with Professor Clare Bradford (Deakin University) and Dr Kristine Moruzi (University of Alberta) ($261,000).


Publications

Publications

Books
Empire in British Girls' Literature and Culture: Imperial Girls, 1880-1915.       Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011.

With K. Moruzi (eds). Girls' School Stories, 1749-1929. 6 vols. London: Routledge, 2013.

With K. Moruzi (eds). Colonial Girlhood in Literature, Culture and History, 1840-1950. Basingstoke: Palgrave. In press.

Journal issues
"Neo-Victorianism." Special issue of Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies 18.3 (2013)

With K. Moruzi (eds). "Colonial Girlhood". Special issue of Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies 18.1 (2013).

Book chapters
"Wild Australian Girls? The Mythology of Colonial Femininity in British Print Culture, 1880-1926." M. Reimer and C. Bradford (eds). Girls, Texts, Cultures. Wilfrid Laurier UP. Forthcoming.

"'But What is His Country?' Producing Australian Identity in the Victorian School Paper, 1896-1918." M. Reimer (ed.). Seriality and Young People's Texts: The Compulsion to Repeat. Palgrave. Forthcoming.

"The 'Australian Girl' and the Domestic Ideal in Colonial Women's Fiction."  T.S. Wagner (ed.). Antipodal Domestic Fiction. Pickering & Chatto. Forthcoming.

"The Postmodern Vampire in 'Post-Race' America: HBO's True Blood." B. Hughes and S. George (eds). Open Graves, Open Minds. Manchester UP, 2013.

"On the Origin of Men: Boyhood, Darwinism and Tarzan of the Apes." M.A. Abate and A. Wannamaker (eds). Tarzan's Global Adventures. Routledge, 2012.

"Nineteenth-Century Female Crusoes: Rewriting the Robinsonade for Girls." T. Wagner (ed.). Relocating Victorian Settler Narratives: Emigrants, Exiles, Returnees in Nineteenth-Century Fiction. Pickering & Chatto, 2011.

With J. Hoorn. "Rudall Hayward's Democratic Cinema and the Civilising Mission in 'the Land of the Wrong White Crowd'." A. Fox et al. (ed). New Zealand Cinema: Interpreting the Past. Intellect, 2011.

"'Girls, Girls, Everywhere!' Angela Brazil's Edwardian School Stories." A. Gavin and A. Humphries (ed). Worlds Enough and Time: Childhood in Edwardian Fiction. Palgrave, 2008.

Journal articles
"Colonial Feminism and Australian Literary Culture in Ethel and Lilian Turner's the Parthenon (1889-1892)." Women's Writing. In press.

With K. Moruzi. "Colonial Girls' Literature and the Politics of Archives in the Digital Age." Papers 22.1, 2012: 33-41. 

With E. Parsons.  "Animating Child Activism: Environmentalism and Class Politics in Ghibli's Princess Mononoke (1997) and Fox's Fern Gully (1992)." Continuum 26.1, 2012: 25-37

With K. Moruzi. "'Learning What Real Work…Means': Ambiguous Attitudes Towards Employment in the Girl's Own Paper." Victorian Periodicals Review 43.4, 2010: 429-445

"E. Nesbit's Psammead Trilogy: Reconfiguring Time, Nation and Gender." English Literature in Transition 52.3, 2009: 298-311.

"Adventurous Girls of the Empire: The Pre-War Novels of Bessie Marchant." The Lion and the Unicorn 33.1, 2009: 1-25.

"Be(ing) Prepared: Girl Guides, Colonial Life, and National Strength." Limina 12, 2006: 52-62. 


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