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Dr Liz Hale



Academic Qualifications

2001: PhD, English: Brandeis University
1998: MA, English: Brandeis University
1993: BA (Hons) Latin;: Otago
1992: BA (Hons) English: Otago

Background and Research Interests

Elizabeth is a researcher in the history and aesthetics of children’s literature, with an emphasis on the reception of classical antiquity. She is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of New England, and is a Senior Scholar in the European Research Council-funded “Our Mythical Childhood” project (grant agreement: 681202), where she oversees the surveying of classical influences in Asia-Pacific children’s literature, and is writing a Guide to Classics in Children’s Literature. For information about her research findings in this project, see the Antipodean Odyssey website.

Selected Publications


Maurice Gee: A Literary Companion. The Fiction for Young Readers. Edited, Elizabeth Hale. Otago University Press, 2014.

Marvellous Codes: The Fiction of Margaret Mahy. Edited, Elizabeth Hale and Sarah Fiona Winters. Victoria University Press, 2005.

Selected Chapters and Journal Articles

“Mosaic and Cornucopia: Fairy Tale and Myth in Contemporary Australian YA Fantasy,” with Sophie Masson. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature. 2016. 54 (3) 44-53.

“Katabasis Down Under in the Novels of Margaret Mahy and Maurice Gee,” Our Mythical Childhoods, Ed. Katarzyna Marciniak, Brill Publishers, 2015: 163-169.

“Reading Animals in Margaret Mahy’s Poems, Picture Books and Stories for Younger Readers.” The Lion and the Unicorn, 39 (2) (April 2015), 186-203.

Classics, Children’s Literature and the Character of Childhood, from Tom Brown’s Schooldays to The Enchanted Castle. In Lisa Maurice, Ed. The Reception of Ancient Greece and Rome in Children’s Literature. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2015, 17-29

"Childhood and the Environment in The Little Prince." (Co-authored with Michael Fox.) Dalhousie Review, 93 (2013): 289-303.

“Disability and the Individual Talent: Adolescent Girlhood in The Pillars of the House and What Katy Did “ in Charlotte Yonge: Rereading Domestic Religious Fiction. Ed. Tamara Wagner. Routledge, 2012.

“Truth and Claw: The Beastly Children and Childlike Beasts of Saki, Beatrix Potter, and Kenneth Grahame.” Worlds Enough and Time: Childhood in Edwardian Fiction. Eds. Adrienne E. Gavin and Andrew F. Humphries. Palgrave Macmillan December 2008. 191-207.

"James Bond and the Art of Eating Eggs" Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture. December 2012.

"The Women of Troy: Barrie Kosky, The Sydney Theatre Company, and Classical Theatre in Australia." Didaskalia: The Journal for Ancient Performance. 2011.

“Disability and the Individual Talent: Adolescent Girlhood in The Pillars of the House and What Katy Did.” Women’s Writing 17 (2) (August 2010): 343-360.

“The Case of Mr. Casaubon: Gothic Monstrosity in Middlemarch” in Demons of the Body and Mind: Essays on Disability in Gothic Literature. Ruth Anolik, Ed. Jefferson: North Carolina: McFarland and Company, Inc. (2010)

“Sickly Scholars and Healthy Novels: The Classical Scholar in Victorian Fiction.” International Journal of the Classical Tradition (June 2010)

The Pursuit of Youth: Adolescence, Seduction, and the Pastoral in Act One of The Lost Echo.” Australasian Drama Studies 56 (April, 2010) 117-130.

“Truth-telling Englishmen: Classics as a Test of Character in Victorian School Stories”. New Voices in Classical Reception Studies. Spring 2008.

“Underworlds Down Under: The Navigator and Under the Mountain.” Gothic NZ. Eds. Jennifer Lawn and Misha Kavka. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago Press, 2006. 101-111.

“Long-Suffering Professional Females: The Case of Nanny-Lit.” Chick Lit: The New Woman’s Fiction. Eds. Mallory Young and Suzanne Ferriss. New York: Routledge, 2005.