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Biography

Michelle J. Smith teaches 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".

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

Keywords

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

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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

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

From sleeping beauty to the frog prince – why we shouldn’t ban fairytales

Smith, M. 3 Jan 2018 Melbourne Australia : The Conversation

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access

Prizes

ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Michelle Smith (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Activities 2018 2018

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

International Research in Children's Literature (Journal)

Smith, M. (Editor in chief)
Jul 2018

Activity: Peer review responsibility

Electric Girlhoods and Alices Past and Future

Smith, M. (Contributor)
15 May 2018

Activity: Public event

Forum: Fairy Tales Across the Ages

Smith, M. (Contributor)
10 Feb 2018

Activity: Public lecture/debate/seminar

Oxford University Press (Publisher)

Smith, M. (Peer reviewer)
8 Mar 2018

Activity: Peer review responsibility

Victorian Periodicals Review (Journal)

Smith, M. (Peer reviewer)
23 Apr 2018

Activity: Peer 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