Staff profile - Elizabeth Bullen

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Dr Elizabeth Bullen

Position: Senior Lecturer
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SCCA Arts & Ed
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 43965 +61 3 924 43965



Dr Liz Bullen lectures in the Literary Studies major sequence at the Burwood campus and off-campus Masters units in Children's Literature.

She has published on child and youth media cultures, globalization, and higher education. Her co-authored books include Consuming Children: Education, Entertainment and Advertising (2001), which was a Times Educational Supplement Book of the Week (UK). Haunting the Knowledge Economy (2006) is published in Routledges International Library of Sociology and draws on a range of theorists including Derrida and Lyotard to discuss the ways in which the intersections between knowledge, technology and the economy are reshaping contemporary life.

Liz's contribution to research at Deakin is in the field of childrens literature and media. Her literary analyses of childrens texts are strongly attentive to contemporary social and cultural change. Her current research centres on social class, with strands that include the influence of consumer capitalism on texts for the young.

Liz has also published on the textual treatment of global risk scenarios and the ways in which childrens fiction models resilience in the current climate of fear and uncertainty.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Flinders University, 1988
  • Doctorate by Research, Flinders University, 2000


Australasian Childrens Literature Association for Research
Childrens Literature Association
International Research Society for Childrens Literature

Professional activities

Vice-President, Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research
International Advisory Board, Children's Literature in Education
Member, Bachelor of Arts  Advisory Board


Subjects and units currently teaching

ALL153 Literature for Children and Young Adults
ALL701 Retelling Myths and Tales: Classic to Contemporary
ALL722 Texts for Young Adults

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Research interests

Children's literature
Class and consumerism
Postfeminist girlhood
Intersections between social theory and literary studies
Children, risk and cultural anxiety
Globalization and the cultural economy

Research groups

Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention

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