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Dr Michelle Smith

Position: Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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 an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Communication and Creative Arts working on the project "Beautiful Girls: Consumer Culture in British Literature and Magazines, 1850-1914." In 2013, she 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 Women's Writing, 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 on Beauty and the Beast (co-authored with Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario) in Nineteenth-Century Contexts, and forthcoming chapters in The Gothic and Death (Ed. Carol Davison, Manchester University Press), On Fire (Ed. Grace Moore,  Punctum) and Children, Childhood and Youth in the British World: Historical Perspectives (Ed. Simon Sleight and Shirleene Robinson,  Palgrave Macmillan).

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 Colonial Girlhood in Literature, Culture and History, 1840-1950 (2014), a six-volume anthology of girls' school stories for Routledge's 'History of Feminism' series, Girls' School Stories, 1749-1929  (2013), and a special issue of the Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies on Colonial Girlhood. She has written articles about topics including feminism, literature and popular culture for The Age, Washington Post, New Statesman, The Drum???, and sbs.com.au and is the literature columnist for The  Conversation. She maintains a blog at Girls Literature


Qualifications

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


Career highlights

2015- Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2017)

2013- Research Fellow, Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention, Deakin University (2013-2015)

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)
 


Personal website

http://www.girlsliterature.com.au

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

Michelle has published more than 70 articles in a range of print and online media including The Age, Washington Post, New Statesman, The Drum, Mamamia, Women's Agenda and sbs.com.au. She is The Conversation's literature columnist. A full list of her media articles, complete with links, is available here

Michelle is frequently interviewed for radio and television on subjects relating to gender, literature and popular culture. She has appeared on Hinch Live, Sky News, The Project and ABC's News Breakfast. She has also been interviewed on numerous occasions on Radio National, ABC local in various states, as well as 3AW, 2UE and 2CC. A full list of her media appearances, including links to serveral interviews is available here

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 Macmillan, 2011.

Edited books

With Grace Moore (eds). Victorian Environments: A Changing World in Nineteenth-Century British and Australian Literature and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming 2016.

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

With Kristine Moruzi (eds). Colonial Girlhood in Literature, Culture and History, 1840-1950. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

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).

For book chapters and journal articles, see Publications Link below. 


Link to publications

https://www.deakin.edu.au/apps/research/find-a-researcher/21743/Dr-Michelle-Smith


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