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from the Fallen Princesses series
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An investigation of fairy tales across the ages from the 17th century to Disney through to modern day screen teens and adaptations.
Michelle J. Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies at Monash University, where she teaches fairy tale and children’s literature. 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) (2018), with Clare Bradford and Kristine Moruzi and Empire in British Girls’ Literature and Culture: Imperial Girls, 1880–1915 (2011). Michelle writes regularly for popular media and has published articles in the Age, Washington Post, the Guardian, New Statesman and the Sydney Morning Herald.
Dr Helen Stuckey is a design and media arts curator and researcher. Her recent curatorial practice focuses on the cultural significance of videogames and their collection and exhibition within the gallery. She helped establish media arts in Melbourne in the 1990’s, has worked extensively in major arts organizations in Victoria where she was involved in national and international projects. At the Australian Centre for the Moving Image she initiated, produced and curated the Games Lab (2005 – 2008), a dedicated exhibition space for exploring videogame culture. More recently she was the Director of RMIT University’s Games Program in the School of Media and Communication. She completed a PhD on how the museum can work with online knowledge communities on the preservation and exhibition of videogames and other digital cultural artefacts as part of the ARC Linkage Project - Play It Again: Creating a Playable History of Australasian Digital Games, for Industry, Community and Research Purposes.She has authored and co-authored many articles, chapters and books on gaming and digital culture.
Dr Athena Bellas is a tutor, lecturer, subject co-ordinator and Honours supervisor in the Faculty of Arts and the Screen and Cultural Studies Department, University of Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of Fairy Tales on the Teen Screen: Rituals of Girlhood 2017.
Dr Victoria Tedeschi recently completed a PhD studying English and Theatre Studies in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Her dissertation employs an ecocritical methodology to identify how Victorian-era editions of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale literature represented the ecosphere to a newfound child audience during a period of environmental upheaval. She is primarily interested in ecocritical research, ecofeminist discourse and representations of the environment in popular culture. Victoria has tutored literary studies at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University. Her research has been published in international, peer-reviewed journals and has received numerous accolades such as the Australian Postgraduate Award, the Gwenda Ford English Literature award and the Percival Serle Prize.