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  • Gothic fictions
  • Victorian literature and culture
  • colonial literature
  • girls' print culture
  • children's literature



  • Michelle Smith is an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication who works on gender in print culture in the long nineteenth century. Her monograph Empire in British Girls' Literature and Culture: Imperial Girls, 1880-1915 was published by Palgrave Macmillan in July 2011 and was shortlisted for the ESSE book award for best first book (English Literature). Her research on British and colonial girls’ books and magazines has also been published in journals including Victorian Periodicals Review, English Literature in Transition, The Lion and the Unicorn, Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature and in edited collections including Victorian Settler Narratives (Pickering & Chatto) and Childhood in Edwardian Fiction: Worlds Enough and Time (Palgrave Macmillan).

    She  has recently published articles in New Zealand Cinema: Interpreting the Past (with Professor Jeanette Hoorn, on race and modern femininity in Rudall Hayward's "community comedies"), Continuum (with Dr Elizabeth Parsons, on femininity and environmentalism in animated children's film) and  Global Perspectives on Tarzan: From King of the Jungle to Cultural Icon (on Tarzan of the Apes and Darwinism). She has articles forthcoming in Girls, Texts, Cultures (Wilfrid Laurier Press, on Australian girls in British fiction from 1880-1925), Open Graves, Open Minds (Manchester University Press, on race i





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  • n HBO's True Blood ) and Narratives and Repetition (Palgrave Macmillan, on national identity in the Victorian School Paper ).

    Michelle is currently working on colonial Australian girls’ print culture as part of an ARC Discovery Project with Dr Kristine Moruzi (University of Alberta) and Professor Clare Bradford (Deakin University), which included the Colonial Girlhood/Colonial Girls conference in June 2012. She has written articles, primarily about gender and literature, for The Age, On Line Opinion and The Conversation, has been interviewed numerous times on ABC radio and television, and maintains a blog at www.girlsliterature.com