Arts transcend transgender monsters Print Email Email to a friend Your email Your name Friend's email Friend's name Verification Please prove your humanity Go on prove it :) Close Related Articles On the move: the latest appointments and resignations New executives at QLD Symphony Orchestra, Multicultural Arts VIC and Australian Festival of Chamber Music, plus changes at ATYP, Pantera, Small Press Network and more. Review: No More Boats by Felicity Castagna, Giramondo Publishing From the first few pages of this novel the reader is left in no doubt about Castagna's views on Australia's immigration policy. Review: Border Districts by Gerald Murnane, Giramondo Publishing This novel features the unselfconscious musings of a mildly eccentric man about to enter happily into early old age. Review: Capture or Kill by Tom Marcus, Macmillan Publishers By choosing to write realistically about a contemporary problem Marcus has posed an important ethical question. (Premium content) Premium content Michelle Smith Monday 30 January, 2017 Literature and film have shifted from demonising transgender people to attempts to understand them and represent them positively. This content is only available to members of ArtsHub Join Now for instant access! A subscription to ArtsHub will enable you to: Access the most comprehensive jobs board for the arts sector, with hundreds of positions posted weekly Keep up to date with the latest industry news Access thousands of members-only features, articles and guides Be in the know with upcoming events and exhibitions added daily Learn how and where to get grants, with the most extensive grant finder ... and much, much more. Join Now and join the Australian arts community today Member login Email address Password Forgot password? About the author Michelle Smith is a Research Fellow in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University and will take up an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship in mid-2015. In 2013, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship on the Australian Research Council Discovery project 'From Colonial to Modern: Transnational Girlhood in Australian, Canadian and New Zealand Print Cultures, 1840-1940'. Michelle's research focuses on gender in Victorian literature and culture, as well as children’s literature. Her current project examines female beauty in Victorian print culture. She completed her doctoral dissertation on British girls' literature and empire at the University of Melbourne in 2007. It was published as Empire in British Girls' Literature and Culture: Imperial Girls, 1880-1915 by Palgrave Macmillan (UK) in 2011. It won the 2012 European Society for the Study of English's Book Award for best book by a junior scholar. She is also the editor (with Kristine Moruzi) of Girls' School Stories, 1749-1929 (Routledge, 2013) and the collection Colonial Girlhood in Literature, Culture and History, 1840-1940 (Palgrave Macmillan). Her research has been published in journals including Women's Writing, Victorian Periodicals Review, English Literature in Transition, The Lion and the Unicorn, Continuum, Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature and in numerous edited collections. Michelle has published opinion pieces in The Age, the Washington Post, New Statesman, and The Drum and has been interviewed on numerous radio and television programmes.