Personal profile

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

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: Other - peer-reviewEdited Book

Victorian Environments: Acclimatizing to Change in British Domestic and Colonial Culture

Moore, G. (ed.) & Smith, M. 2018 London UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 317 p. (Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture)

Research output: Other - peer-reviewEdited Book

‘She cannot smile the smile that wells up from the heart’: Beauty, health, and emotion in Six to Sixteen and The Secret Garden

Smith, M. 2018 Affect, Emotion, and Children’s Literature: Representation and Socialisation in Texts for Children and Young Adults. Moruzi, K., Smith, M. J. & Bullen, E. (eds.). 1st ed. New York NY USA: Routledge, p. 66-78 13 p. (Children’s Literature and Culture)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (Book)

Dead and ghostly children in contemporary literature for young people

Smith, M. 2017 The Gothic and Death. Davison, C. (ed.). 1st ed. Manchester UK: Manchester University Press, p. 191-203 13 p. (The INTERNATIONAL GOTHIC Series)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (Book)

Prizes

ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Michelle Smith (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

Forum: Fairy Tales Across the Ages

Smith, M. (Contributor)
10 Feb 2018

Activity: Public lecture/debate/seminar