Meanjin: What’s in a girl?

This essay first appeared in the Winter 2018 edition of Meanjin. When she says, ‘we run this motha, girls’, Beyoncé may be onto something. The Young-Girl is everywhere in popular culture: there are the nostalgia-draped girls of Stranger Things, Riverdale and Twin Peaks; the pop-punk stylings of the Broad City girls; Lena Dunham’s Girls; the Gilmore duo; the never-ending parade of international…

AWHN VIDA Blog: Translating gender (troubles)

From the Australian Women’s History Network VIDA Blog. This post is a summary of my article published by Liltith Journal last year. Translating Gender (Troubles) In feminist thought, we must always question our underlying assumptions: where they have come from and how they have developed. The prevailing narrative in academic feminist literature regarding Simone de…

Alice and Play in Australian Art and Japanese shōjo Culture

This peer-reviewed academic article appeared in the July 2016 special issue of the International Journal of Play themed ‘Histories of Play’. Alice in transnational perspective and through the history of replication: an exploration of adult play in Australian art and Japanese shōjo culture Abstract From her nineteenth century origins in a text which satirised the university milieu of Oxford,…