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 ICYMI: A wrap of this week’s arts news Art Stage Singapore cancelled, Next Wave calls on artists for form government, MPavilion extends summer program, and more. Review: The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper Chloe Hooper shares her insights into the sort of person who might perpetrate the crime of arson. Eight Australian picture books that celebrate family diversity From same-sex families and single parents to multiculturalism, here are eight books for young children that showcase a diverse Australia. On the Move: latest appointments and resignations New positions filled at Creative Partnerships Australia, the MCA and Emerging Writers' Festival, among others. (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 Georges Du Fresne as Ludovic in Ma Vie En Rose Member login Email address Password Forgot password? About the author Michelle Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies at Monash University where she teaches fairy tale and children's literature. One of her primary research areas is Victorian girls’ literature and culture and she is currently completing a study of female beauty entitled “Beautiful Girls: Consumer Culture in British Literature and Magazines, 1850–1914”. Michelle is the author of From Colonial to Modern: Transnational Girlhood in Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand Children’s Literature (1840-1940) (U of Toronto P, 2018, with Clare Bradford and Kristine Moruzi) and Empire in British Girls’ Literature and Culture: Imperial Girls, 1880–1915 (Palgrave, 2011). She has also co-edited four books in the fields of children’s literature and Victorian literature, including Affect, Emotion and Children’s Literature: Representation and Socialisation in Texts for Children and Young Adults (Routledge, 2017, with Moruzi and Elizabeth Bullen).). Her research has been published in journals including Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Women's Writing, Victorian Periodicals Review, English Literature in Transition, The Lion and the Unicorn, Children's Literature in Education, Continuum, Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature and in numerous edited collections. Michelle has published opinion pieces in the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, the Washington Post, New Statesman, and The Drum and has been interviewed on numerous radio and television programmes.