Michelle Smith

Dr

Accepting PhD Students

20062018
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Personal profile

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 study of female beauty entitled "Manufacturing Charm: Female Beauty and Consumer Culture 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, Masters, and doctoral 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. 




 

Keywords

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

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Research Output 2006 2018

#MeToo and #TimesUp move off the red carpet and towards activism at 2018 Oscars

Smith, M., 6 Mar 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access
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Affect, Emotion, and Children’s Literature: Representation and Socialisation in Texts for Children and Young Adults

Moruzi, K. (ed.), Smith, M. (ed.) & Bullen, E. (ed.), 2018, 1st ed. New York NY USA: Routledge. 215 p. (Children’s Literature and Culture)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited BookOtherpeer-review

Clementine Ford reveals the fragility behind ‘toxic masculinity’ in Boys Will Be Boys

Smith, M., 26 Sep 2018, Melbourne Vic Australia : The Conversation.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Friday Essay: Why YA Gothic Fiction is Booming - and the Girl Monster is on the Rise

Smith, M., 20 Jul 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Other contributionOther

From Colonial to Modern: Transnational Girlhood in Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand Children's Literature, 1840-1940

Smith, M., Moruzi, K. & Bradford, C., 2018, Toronto Canada: University of Toronto Press. 263 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Prizes

ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Michelle Smith (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Activities 2018 2018

  • 6 Peer review responsibility
  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 1 Public event

Oxford University Press (Publisher)

Michelle Smith (Peer reviewer)
8 Mar 2018

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

Forum: Fairy Tales Across the Ages

Michelle Smith (Contributor)
10 Feb 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Electric Girlhoods and Alices Past and Future

Michelle Smith (Contributor)
15 May 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Victorian Periodicals Review (Journal)

Michelle Smith (Peer reviewer)
23 Apr 2018

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

Press / Media

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