Staff profile - Sue Chen

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Dr Sue Chen

Position: Lecturer in Literary Studies
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Communication & Creative Arts
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446762 +61 3 92446762



Shih-Wen Sue Chen received her PhD in Literature, Screen and Theatre Studies from The Australian National University (ANU). Sue was previously a post-doctoral fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU, Adjunct Assistant Professor in Tamkang University, Taiwan and has also lectured in National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan. She has extensive experience in teaching literary studies and children’s literature to university students from diverse language and cultural backgrounds, having taught at the ANU, University of Canberra, NTHU, Tamkang, and the University of British Columbia (Canada). She is particularly interested in using online technology for teaching and received a grant to create an e-learning website titled “Happily Ever After: Creative Fairy tales and English Learning” which promoted creative thinking, writing and teaching through the exploration of traditional and fractured fairy tales from different countries.

She is the author of Representations of China in British Children’s Fiction, 1851-1911 (Ashgate, 2013). Her work has been published in edited books as well as in Children’s Literature in Education, Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature, and Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. Her research interests include Victorian and Edwardian children’s literature, Chinese children’s literature, book history, histories of reading, and publishing history.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, 2009
  • GCHE Exempt, Deakin University, 2014


Member of:

• International Research Society for Children’s Literature
• Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research
• Chinese Studies Association of Australia


Subjects and units currently teaching

ALL 153 Literature for Children and Young Adults

ALL154 - Power Politics And Texts For Young People

ALL326 - Material Girls, Material Boys


Awards and prizes

• Australian National University PhD Graduate School Scholarship (2006-2009)
• University of Canberra Chancellor’s Commendation Award (2003)
• University of British Columbia St. John’s College Sir Quo-Wei Lee Fellowship (2000-2001)
• University of British Columbia Faculty of Graduate Studies International Graduate Tuition Scholarship (2000-2001)
• Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship (1999-2000)


Research interests

children's literature, childhood studies, Victorian literature, book history, print culture

Research grants

• Australian National University Research School of Asia & the Pacific Travel Grant for Early and Mid-Career Researchers (2013)

• Australian National University Vice-Chancellor’s Travel Grant for Conference Attendance (2008)

• Schmidt and Altholz Travel Award presented by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (2008)

• Taiwan Ministry of Education Grant: “Happily Ever After”: Creative Fairytales and English Learning (Principal Investigator) (2004-2005)

• Taiwan Ministry of Education Grant: Improving University-level Reading and Writing Proficiencies in Chinese and English in an Information Age (Co-investigator) (2003-2006)

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