MemberElizabeth Hale

I work at the University of New England in the high country of New South Wales.  I teach and research in children’s literature and classical reception studies.  I lead the Australasian wing of the ERC-funded Our Mythical Childhood project (Grant agreement No 681202) which traces the reception of classical antiquity in children’s and young adults’ culture.  I am writing a Guide to the field of recent children’s literature inspired by classical antiquity.

MemberLeah Phillips

I’m an interdisciplinarian with a particular interest in children’s and YA literature, the discursive category of adolescence, and the embodied state of being an adolescent girl. I’m also fascinated by contemporary media culture’s role in the production of adolescence/adolescent girls as well as how adolescent girls speak back to those productions. My doctoral work focused on our cultural concern with the adolescent female body and that body’s presentation and construction in popular media and culture. I aruged that YA fantasy offers a sub or countercultural space that is re-mapping the countours of the body and providing alterantive ways of being adolescent girl.   Within this discursive space, I’m particularly interested in how YA fantasy, while participating in bodily concern, manages to present that same body as changeable, unstable and open to possibility. The project is titled, “Myth (Un)Making: Female Heroes in Mythopoeic YA Fantasy”.