Dr Elizabeth Hale

Senior Lecturer - School of Arts

Elizabeth Hale

Phone: +61 2 6773 2356

Email: ehale@une.edu.au


Elizabeth Hale is a Senior Lecturer in English and Writing.  She has published widely on topics in children's literature, nineteenth-century literature, and classical reception studies.  Elizabeth grew up in New Zealand, and studied English Literature and Latin at the University of Otago, before gaining her MA and PhD in English at Brandeis University in the United States.  She has worked at UNE since 2002, and is currently Chair of the School of Arts Teaching and Learning Committee.


BA Honours (1st Class) in English Literature and Latin, University of Otago; MA, PhD in English Literature, Brandeis University.


In 2011, Elizabeth was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Citation for her work developing a sustained program of teaching that unites critical and creative approaches to literature.

From 2010-2014, Elizabeth was the Director of the UNE Writers and Illustrators in Residence Program, a program of visiting writers and illustrators in children's literature, funded by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.  With her colleagues, Sascha Morrell and Jeremy Fisher, she organised a Visual Storytelling Symposium that extended the Residency Program: a collection of essays from that event is planned for the near future.  For more information, please see:

Writers and Illustrators in Residences

Teaching Areas

  • Nineteenth-Century Literature
  • Children's Literature
  • Children's Media
  • Creative Writing

Research Interests

Elizabeth has a broad array of interests in literary studies, centering around the intersections between children's literature (1800 to the present), classical studies, character formation, and creative writing.  Her current projects include a monograph on depictions of talent and character in children's novels from 1850 to 1914, and an investigation of the ways in which Australian and New Zealand writers of young adult fiction engage with classical myth to depict the challenges of coming of age.  She is also fascinated by the intersection of words and images in illustrated texts from the 19th century to the present day.



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.

Book Chapters

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

“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.  This book won the Children’s Literature Association of America prize for an edited book in 2010.

“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)

“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.

“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.

Refereed Journal Articles

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

"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.

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

The Lost Echo: Introduction.” Australasian Drama Studies, 56 (April 2010). 103-108. Australasian Drama Studies is a major peer-reviewed journal.  I edited a Special Issue on the work of Barrie Kosky.  All articles in the issue were peer-reviewed.

“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.

“Turning Away from Formal Education:  John Ruskin and the Scholar Within,” Scholarships in Victorian Britain: Leeds Working Papers in Victorian Studies, 1 (1998): 114 –125.

“A Close Reading of Longfellow’s ‘Mezzo Cammin’,” Deep South, electronic journal, University of Otago, 1995: http://www.otago.ac.nz/DeepSouth/vol1no1/hale1.html.