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Biography

Michelle J. Smith teaches units on fairy tale and children’s literature. Her primary research focus is femininity in Victorian print culture, particularly through constructions of girlhood. She is currently completing a monograph for Edinburgh University Press entitled "Manufacturing Female Beauty in British Literature and Periodicals, 1850-1915". She also works on contemporary Young Adult literature, with projects on YA Gothic Fiction and girls' books and the YA publishing industry in progress. 

Michelle is the author of From Colonial to Modern: Transnational Girlhood in Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand Children’s Literature (1840-1940) (U of Toronto P, 2018, with Clare Bradford and Kristine Moruzi) and Empire in British Girls’ Literature and Culture: Imperial Girls, 1880–1915 (Palgrave, 2011), which won the European Society for the Study of English's prize for best first book. She has also co-edited four books in the fields of children’s literature and Victorian literature, including Affect, Emotion and Children’s Literature: Representation and Socialisation in Texts for Children and Young Adults (Routledge, 2017) and Victorian Environments: Acclimatizing to Change in British Domestic and Colonial Culture (Palgrave, 2018). Michelle writes regularly for popular media and has published articles in the Age, Washington Post, the Guardian, the Conversation, New Statesman and the Sydney Morning Herald

Michelle especially welcomes potential honours students in any area of children's/YA literature, fairy tales, Victorian literature and culture, any aspect of gender/feminism in relation to literature, and colonial literature. She is also able to supervise creative writing projects, particularly children's/YA writing and projects relating to fairy-tale traditions or the Gothic. She is currently at her limit for MA and PhD students; however, if you are working in any of the areas named above, please do get in touch as some of her students will complete in 2020. 




 

Research area keywords

  • Victorian literature
  • Children's literature
  • Girlhood
  • Fairy tales
  • Gothic literature

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Research Output 2006 2019

Beauty Advertising and Advice in the Queen and Woman

Smith, M., Apr 2019, Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1830s-1900s: The Victorian Period. Easley, A., Gill, C. & Rodgers, B. (eds.). Edinburgh Great Britian: Edinburgh University Press, p. 218-231 14 p. (The Edinburgh History of Women's Periodical Culture in Britain).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Fairy Tales

Smith, M., 2019, The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women's Writing. Scholl, L. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopaedia / Dictionary EntryOther

Friday essay: how 19th century ideas influenced today’s attitudes to women’s beauty

Smith, M., 28 Jun 2019, The Conversation.

Research output: Other contributionOther

From The Getting of Wisdom to Heartbreak High: Australian school stories on screen

Smith, M., 29 Jan 2019, The Conversation.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Kristine Alexander. Guiding Modern Girls: Girlhood, Empire, and Internationalism in the 1920s and 1930s.

Smith, M., 2019, In : American Historical Review. 124, 3, p. 1044-1046 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort ReviewOther

Prizes

ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Michelle Smith (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

The ACU Historical Children’s Book Collections Fellowship

Michelle Smith (Recipient), 18 Jun 2019

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Activities 2018 2019

  • 9 Peer review responsibility
  • 2 Public event
  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies (Journal)

Michelle Smith (Peer reviewer)
Jan 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

It's Complicated: Young Adult Fiction

Michelle Smith (Contributor)
1 Sep 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review (Journal)

Michelle Smith (Peer reviewer)
21 Jun 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation (Journal)

Michelle Smith (Peer reviewer)
30 Aug 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Children's Literature Association Quarterly (Journal)

Michelle Smith (Peer reviewer)
18 May 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Press / Media

Gillette advertisement and masculinity

Michelle Smith

17/01/19

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Interview on the Royal wedding and the princess myth/feminism

Michelle Smith

19/05/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Mr Men children’s books accused of being ‘sexist’

Michelle Smith

8/05/18

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment