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Michelle Smith

Monash University

Michelle Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies at Monash University where she teaches fairy tale and children's literature. One of her primary research areas is Victorian girls’ literature and culture and she is currently completing a study of female beauty entitled “Beautiful Girls: Consumer Culture in British Literature and Magazines, 1850–1914”. 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). 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, with Moruzi and Elizabeth Bullen).). Her research has been published in journals including Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Women's Writing, Victorian Periodicals Review, English Literature in Transition, The Lion and the Unicorn, Children's Literature in Education, Continuum, Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature and in numerous edited collections. Michelle has published opinion pieces in the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, the Washington Post, New Statesman, and The Drum and has been interviewed on numerous radio and television programmes.

Media Articles: 79

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

In Boys Will Be Boys, Australia’s most prominent contemporary feminist, Clementine Ford, works toward dismantling the idea that feminism is harming men. Instead, she proposes — as feminists have consistently maintained — that a patriarchal society can be as harmful and destructive for individual men as it can be for women. Ford considers how "toxic masculinity" is shaped from the moment of a boy’s “gender reveal” to her closing chapter, which – simply and powerfully — lists the names of more than 50 famous men who have...

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Friday essay: why YA gothic fiction is booming - and girl monsters are on the rise

An 18-year-old girl prepares to die to enable the birth of her half-vampire baby. Her spine is broken in the process, and the fanged baby begins to gnaw its way through her stomach before the girl's husband performs a vampiric Cesarean section. This is a crucial moment in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight novel series, published from 2005 to 2008. Meyer's books heralded a new, and continuing, wave of Gothic fiction for Young Adult readers, which...

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

The Oscars telecast is typically a traditional affair: passionate speeches played out by the orchestra, hit-or-miss opening monologues, and the certainty of being overly long. This year’s ceremony brought with it potential challenges to convention. In light of the #MeToo and #Times Up movements against sexual harassment, it was unclear who would be welcome at the ceremony, what women would wear on the red carpet, and what truth bombs might be dropped in...

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

Recently, an English mother, Sarah Hall, prompted worldwide media coverage in response to her suggestion that Sleeping Beauty should be removed from the school curriculum for young children because of the “inappropriate sexual message” it sends about consent. It's not the only time fairytales have come under scrutiny recently. They are increasingly being...

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Rethinking Harry Potter twenty years on

The twentieth anniversary celebrations of the highest-selling book series of all time are now coming to a close. 2017 has been a milestone year for Harry Potter fans in their twenties and thirties, who spent much of their youth in anticipation of the release of each new book or film. Last week’s Wheeler Centre event Harry Who? The True Heroes of Hogwarts brought together writers, comedians and musicians to celebrate the series. While Harry...

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January 1, 2013

From Colonial to Modern: Transnational Girlhood in Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian Print Cultures (1840-1940)

From Colonial to Modern:Transnational Girlhood in Australian, New Zealand & Canadian Print Cultures

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Academic Publications: 57

January 1, 2018

Affect, Emotion, and Children’s Literature:

January 1, 2018

From Colonial to Modern

January 1, 2018

Victorian Environments

January 1, 2018

'That's the Great Puzzle: Who Am I?' Jonathan Miller’s Alice in Wonderland (1966)

January 1, 2018

From colonial to modern: Transnational girlhood in Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand literature, 1840-1940

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