Dr Emma Whatman



Casual Academic


Faculty of Arts and Education


SCCA Arts & Education


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2019


Emma completed her BA (First Class Honours) at Deakin in early 2013 before beginning her PhD Studies.

Her PhD research focuses on representations of female subjectivies in contemporary fairy-tale adaptations for young people. Emma examines the way post-feminism is a common ideological strand in the numerous fairy-tale texts (novels, comics, film, and apps) available for young women contemporarily.  

Emma presents her research regularly at conferences in Australia and internationally, and completed a research fellowship at the University of Winnipeg (Canada) in 2015. 

She has taught a number of undergraduate and masters units at Deakin in the disciplines of Children's Literature and Digital Media. Emma has also taught at Charles Sturt University (CSU), The University of Winnipeg (Canada), and Monash University. She is also an interdisciplinary research assistant, currently working on two different research projects, one in the Faculty of Health at Deakin, and one in the College of Arts and Social Sciences at ANU in conjuction with ADI at Deakin. 

Emma has published a chapter in the book, The evolution and social impact of video game economics (2017) and has three book chapters due out in April, 2018. 

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Biography summary

Emma Whatman is a Casual Academic, Research Assistant and PhD Candidate in the School of Communication and Creative Arts where she teaches and coordinates both undergraduate and masters level units. 

Research interests


Fairy-tale adaptation

Gender representation

Children's literature and culture

Digital media




Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)

Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research (ACLAR)

Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL)

Teaching interests

Children's literature 

Digital media and social media

Feminism and gender studies


Units taught

ALC203: Exploring Digital Media: Contexts of Online Participation (2016-2017; Unit Coordinator 2017)

ALC205: Digital Media and the Surveillance Society (2016-2017; Unit Coordinator 2017)

ALC701: Social Media Principles and Practices (2017-present, Unit Coordinator 2017)

ALC708 - Blogging and Online Communication Techniques (2016-present, Unit Coordinator 2017-present)

ALL153: Literature for Children and Young Adults (2015-present, Unit Administrator, 2017-present)

ALL154: Power Politics and Texts for Young People (2014-present)

Knowledge areas

Feminist and Gender Studies

Fairy-Tale Adapation

Children's Literature

Digital media and Social Media

Narrative Theory


Selected conferences presentations:

2018: 'Postfeminism in contemporary fairy-tale adaptations for young women', at Houses of Learning: Education in Children's Literature and Children's Literature as Education. ACLAR biennial conference, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, July. 

2017: ‘“Complexity, Ambiguity and Endurance”: Australian Fairy-Take Adaptation in Shaun Tan’s The Singing Bones', at Looking in, Looking Out: China and Australia. Association for the Study of Australian Literature, La Trobe University, The University of Melbourne, Deakin University, Melbourne, July.

2017: ‘“A Girl. A Machine. A Freak”: Feminism, cyborg subjectivity and fairy-tale adaptation in Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles’ at Re-Orienting the Fairy Tale: Contemporary Fairy-Tale Adaptations across Cultures, Kanagawa University, Yokohama, Japan, March.

2016: ‘“I had wings once, they were stolen from me”: An ecofeminist reading of Disney’s Maleficent, at Australian Women’s & Gender Studies Association (AWGSA) conference: De-Story the Joint, Queensland University of Technology, Garden’s Point, Brisbane, July.

2015: ‘Playing Pretty: Fairy Tales, Beauty Ideals, and Interactive Media,’ International Research Society for Children’s Literature (IRSCL) conference: Creating Childhoods, University of Worcester, Worcester, United Kingdom, August.

Professional activities

Executive Committee Member, Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)

Executive Committee Member, Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research (ACLAR)


2017: ASAL Postgraduate travel bursary ($500 AUD)

2017: Japan Foundation of the Arts Postgraduate travel bursary ($1700 AUD)


I am a research assistant on two funded research projects: 

- An Investigation into Media Influence on Public Preparedness for Antimicrobial Resistance. Lead researcher: Dr Stephane Bouchoucha (Faculty of Health, Deakin University) 2016 – Present

- SOAR: Speak out against racism. ARC Linkage Project. Lead Researcher: Dr Naomi Priest (Australian National University) 2017 - Present. 


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Media representation of the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) crisis: an Australian perspective

S Bouchoucha, E Whatman, M Johnstone

(2019), Vol. 24, pp. 23-31, Infection, disease and health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Comics and graphic novels: fairy-tale graphic narrative

E Whatman

(2018), pp. 474-482, Routledge companion to media and fairy-tale cultures, New York, N.Y., B1

book chapter

Music videos and pop music

R Hutton, E Whatman

(2018), pp. 548-555, The Routledge companion to media and fairy-tale cultures, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Video games

E Whatman, V Tedeschi

(2018), pp. 634-641, The Routledge companion to media and fairy-tale cultures, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

P(l)aying pretty: consuming fairy tales and device applications

E Whatman

(2017), pp. 81-100, The evolution and social impact of video game economics, Lanham, Md., B1

book chapter

Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found


No completed student supervisions to report