Professor Vanessa Smith

BA (Sydney), PhD (Cambridge)
Professor of English

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2857

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Biographical details

Vanessa Smith is Professor of English literature and Director of Research (Humanities) at the University of Sydney. She is author or editor of five books focusing on different aspects of intercultural contact in the Oceania of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and has published widely on the British and American novel. Her current book project, Toy Stories, investigates the literary antecedents of object relations psychology. She is convenor of the Novel Network at the University of Sydney, and is engaged in a number of projects investigating the capacities of the novel genre not merely to reflect but to anticipate shifts in the collective Unconscious. In 2016 she is co-editing two special issues on the Novel: Prosaic Imaginaries (NOVEL) and Novel Worlds (JLLC), both of which draw on papers from a major international conference, ’The Prosaic Imaginary’ (http://novelnetwork.org/) which she convened at the University of Sydney in 2014.

Research interests

  • late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and culture
  • post-colonial theory
  • literature and anthropology
  • Pacific history and literature
  • fiction and psychoanalytic theory

Research Groups

Current research students

Project title Research student
Surface Tensions: Representations of Skin in the Long Eighteenth Century (1683-1811) Sara CROUCH
Female Authors and Victorian Astronomy Kimberley DIMITRIADIS
Distempered Visions: Images of infinite mourning in Victorian fiction Sophie FRAZER
The Place of the Governess in the Nineteenth-Century Novel Philippa JANU
The Gaze Veiled by Tears: Emoting Organs and Sentimental Literature Megan NASH

Current projects

  • Emotional subjectivity and intercultural exchange (eighteenth and nineteenth centuries)
  • Fiction's object relations: from Defoe to Winnicott

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2012

  • The Sydney Network on Climate Change and Society; McCalman I, Schlosberg D, Bashford A, Probyn E, Allon F, Giles P, Smith V, Marks P, Celermajer D, Mikler J, Chester L, Gurran N, Shrestha K, Lyster R, McManus P, Pritchard W, Neilson J, Byrne M, Wright C, de Berigny C; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2010

  • Early Ecology and literary modernism; Alt C, Alt C, Smith V; DVC Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.
  • The Environmental Humanities Group; McCalman I, Bashford A, White S, McCreery C, Gibbs M, Schlosberg D, Celermajer D, Philp J, Robertson S, Fitzmaurice A, Giles P, Marks P, Hardie M, Smith V, Alt C, Race K, Allon F; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2007

  • Emotional Encounters: contact, colonialism and the state of feeling; Smith V; University of Sydney/Bridging Support.

2006

  • Emotional encounters: Intercultural emotion in contact and colonialism; Smith V; University of Sydney/Research & Development.

2002

  • Gifts of Friendship: intimacy and exchange in cross-cultural contact; Smith V; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Smith, V. (2010). Intimate Strangers: Friendship, Exchange and Pacific Encounters. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Smith, V. (2005). Literary Culture and the Pacific: Nineteenth-Century Textual Encounters. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Edited Books

  • Smith, V., Thomas, N. (2013). Mutiny and Aftermath: James Morrison's Account of the Mutiny on the Bounty and the Island of Tahiti. Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press.
  • Smith, V., Edmond, R. (2003). Islands in History and Representation. London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Lamb, J., Smith, V., Thomas, N. (2000). Exploration & exchange: a South Seas anthology, 1680-1900. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Book Chapters

  • Smith, V. (2016). The Novel in English in Oceania to 1950. In Ralph Crane, Jane Stafford and Mark Williams (Eds.), The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume 9: The World Novel in English to 1950, (pp. 182-200). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Smith, V. (2014). 'How Very Little He Can Learn': Exotic Visitors and the Transmission of Cultural Knowledge in Eighteenth Century London. In Ofer Gal, Yi Zheng (Eds.), Motion and Knowledge in the Changing Early Modern World: Orbits, Routes, Vessels, (pp. 73-91). Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media.
  • Smith, V. (2013). Joseph Banks's Intermediaries: Rethinking Global Cultural Exchange. In Samual Moyn and Andrew Sartori (Eds.), Global Intellectual History, (pp. 81-109). New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Smith, V. (2013). Point Venus. In Sandhya Patel (Eds.), Contact in Context, (pp. 33-45). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Smith, V. (2005). Piracy and Exchange: Stevenson's Pacific Fiction. In Harold Bloom (Eds.), Bloom's Modern Critical Views: Robert Louis Stevenson, (pp. 261-306). Philadelphia, USA: Chelsea House Publishers.
  • Smith, V. (2004). Costume Changes: Passing At Sea And On The Beach. In Bernhard Klein and Gesa Machenthun (Eds.), Sea Changes: Historicizing the Ocean, (pp. 37-53). New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Smith, V., Edmond, R. (2003). Editors' introduction. In Vanessa Smith and Ron Edmond (Eds.), Islands in History and Representation, (pp. 1-18). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Smith, V. (2003). Pitcairn's 'guilty stock': The island as breeding ground. In Vanessa Smith and Ron Edmond (Eds.), Islands in History and Representation, (pp. 116-132). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Journals

  • Smith, V. (2009). "Prizeable Companions": Missing Friends in the Marquesan Accounts of WilliamCrook, Edward Robarts, and Herman Melville. Leviathan (Malden): a journal of Melville studies, 11(2), 10-23. [More Information]
  • Smith, V. (2009). Banks, Tupaia, and Mai:cross-cultural exchanges and friendship in the Pacific. Parergon, 26(2), 139-160.
  • Smith, V., Yeo, R. (2009). Friendship in Early Modern Philosophy and Science. Parergon, 26(2), 1-9.
  • Smith, V. (2008). Performance anxieties: grief and theatre in European writing on Tahiti. Eighteenth-Century Studies, 41(2), 149-164. [More Information]
  • Smith, V. (2007). 'Signs Taken for Wondrous' review of Sujit Sivasundaram, Nature and the Godly Empire: Science and Evangelical Mission in the Pacific, 1795-1850,. Metascience, 16(1), 153-156.
  • Smith, V. (2006). Crossing the Beach at Taipivai: the Psychogeography of Islands. E S Q: a journal of the American renaissance, 51(1-3), 105-113.
  • Smith, V. (2006). Give Us Our Daily Breadfruit: Bread Substitution in the Pacific in the Eighteenth Century. Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, 35, 53-75.
  • Smith, V. (2006). Review: Felix Driver and Luciana Martins (eds) Tropical Visions in an Age of Empire eds Felix Driver and Luciana Martins. American Historical Review, , 800-8001.
  • Smith, V. (2006). Review: Greg Dening, 'Beach Crossings: Voyagings Across Time, Cultures, and Self'. Social History, 31(1).
  • Smith, V. (2004). Crowd Scenes: Pacific Collectivity and European Encounter. Pacific Studies, 27(1-2), 1-21.
  • Smith, V. (2004). Review: Lee Wallace, 'Sexual Encounters: Pacific Texts, Modern Sexualities'. J P S (The Journal of the Polynesian Society), 113(3), 307-309.
  • Smith, V. (2004). Review: The Myth Of The Noble Savage. Journal of World History, 15(1), 96-99.
  • Smith, V. (2003). South Seas Solipsism: review of Jonathan Lamb, Preserving the Self in the South Seas. Southerly.
  • Coleman, D., Smith, V. (2001). Review: Deirdre Coleman, 'Maiden Voyages and Infant Colonies: two women’s travel narratives of the 1790’s'. Journeys, 2(2).
  • Smith, V. (2001). Review: Jonathan Lamb and Bridget Orr (eds), 'Voyages and Beaches: Pacific Encounters, 1769-1840'. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 29(2).
  • Thomas, N., Losche, D., Smith, V. (2001). Review: Nicholas Thomas and Diane Losche (eds), 'Double Vision: Art Histories and Colonial Histories in the Pacific'. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Smith, V. (2006). Review: Serge Tcherkézoff and Françoise Douaire-Marsaudon (eds), 'The Changing South Pacific: identities and transformations'. Times Literary Supplement.
  • Smith, V. (2004). Review: Robert Louis Stevenson: his best Pacific writings. Times Literary Supplement.
  • Smith, V. (2000). Elizabeth Wood-Ellem. Queen Salote of Tonga: the story of an era 1900-1965. Times Literary Supplement.

2016

  • Smith, V. (2016). The Novel in English in Oceania to 1950. In Ralph Crane, Jane Stafford and Mark Williams (Eds.), The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume 9: The World Novel in English to 1950, (pp. 182-200). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2014

  • Smith, V. (2014). 'How Very Little He Can Learn': Exotic Visitors and the Transmission of Cultural Knowledge in Eighteenth Century London. In Ofer Gal, Yi Zheng (Eds.), Motion and Knowledge in the Changing Early Modern World: Orbits, Routes, Vessels, (pp. 73-91). Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media.

2013

  • Smith, V. (2013). Joseph Banks's Intermediaries: Rethinking Global Cultural Exchange. In Samual Moyn and Andrew Sartori (Eds.), Global Intellectual History, (pp. 81-109). New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Smith, V., Thomas, N. (2013). Mutiny and Aftermath: James Morrison's Account of the Mutiny on the Bounty and the Island of Tahiti. Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press.
  • Smith, V. (2013). Point Venus. In Sandhya Patel (Eds.), Contact in Context, (pp. 33-45). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2010

  • Smith, V. (2010). Intimate Strangers: Friendship, Exchange and Pacific Encounters. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2009

  • Smith, V. (2009). "Prizeable Companions": Missing Friends in the Marquesan Accounts of WilliamCrook, Edward Robarts, and Herman Melville. Leviathan (Malden): a journal of Melville studies, 11(2), 10-23. [More Information]
  • Smith, V. (2009). Banks, Tupaia, and Mai:cross-cultural exchanges and friendship in the Pacific. Parergon, 26(2), 139-160.
  • Smith, V., Yeo, R. (2009). Friendship in Early Modern Philosophy and Science. Parergon, 26(2), 1-9.

2008

  • Smith, V. (2008). Performance anxieties: grief and theatre in European writing on Tahiti. Eighteenth-Century Studies, 41(2), 149-164. [More Information]

2007

  • Smith, V. (2007). 'Signs Taken for Wondrous' review of Sujit Sivasundaram, Nature and the Godly Empire: Science and Evangelical Mission in the Pacific, 1795-1850,. Metascience, 16(1), 153-156.

2006

  • Smith, V. (2006). Crossing the Beach at Taipivai: the Psychogeography of Islands. E S Q: a journal of the American renaissance, 51(1-3), 105-113.
  • Smith, V. (2006). Give Us Our Daily Breadfruit: Bread Substitution in the Pacific in the Eighteenth Century. Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, 35, 53-75.
  • Smith, V. (2006). Review: Felix Driver and Luciana Martins (eds) Tropical Visions in an Age of Empire eds Felix Driver and Luciana Martins. American Historical Review, , 800-8001.
  • Smith, V. (2006). Review: Greg Dening, 'Beach Crossings: Voyagings Across Time, Cultures, and Self'. Social History, 31(1).
  • Smith, V. (2006). Review: Serge Tcherkézoff and Françoise Douaire-Marsaudon (eds), 'The Changing South Pacific: identities and transformations'. Times Literary Supplement.

2005

  • Smith, V. (2005). Literary Culture and the Pacific: Nineteenth-Century Textual Encounters. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Smith, V. (2005). Piracy and Exchange: Stevenson's Pacific Fiction. In Harold Bloom (Eds.), Bloom's Modern Critical Views: Robert Louis Stevenson, (pp. 261-306). Philadelphia, USA: Chelsea House Publishers.

2004

  • Smith, V. (2004). Costume Changes: Passing At Sea And On The Beach. In Bernhard Klein and Gesa Machenthun (Eds.), Sea Changes: Historicizing the Ocean, (pp. 37-53). New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Smith, V. (2004). Crowd Scenes: Pacific Collectivity and European Encounter. Pacific Studies, 27(1-2), 1-21.
  • Smith, V. (2004). Review: Lee Wallace, 'Sexual Encounters: Pacific Texts, Modern Sexualities'. J P S (The Journal of the Polynesian Society), 113(3), 307-309.
  • Smith, V. (2004). Review: Robert Louis Stevenson: his best Pacific writings. Times Literary Supplement.
  • Smith, V. (2004). Review: The Myth Of The Noble Savage. Journal of World History, 15(1), 96-99.

2003

  • Smith, V., Edmond, R. (2003). Editors' introduction. In Vanessa Smith and Ron Edmond (Eds.), Islands in History and Representation, (pp. 1-18). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Smith, V., Edmond, R. (2003). Islands in History and Representation. London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Smith, V. (2003). Pitcairn's 'guilty stock': The island as breeding ground. In Vanessa Smith and Ron Edmond (Eds.), Islands in History and Representation, (pp. 116-132). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Smith, V. (2003). South Seas Solipsism: review of Jonathan Lamb, Preserving the Self in the South Seas. Southerly.

2001

  • Coleman, D., Smith, V. (2001). Review: Deirdre Coleman, 'Maiden Voyages and Infant Colonies: two women’s travel narratives of the 1790’s'. Journeys, 2(2).
  • Smith, V. (2001). Review: Jonathan Lamb and Bridget Orr (eds), 'Voyages and Beaches: Pacific Encounters, 1769-1840'. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 29(2).
  • Thomas, N., Losche, D., Smith, V. (2001). Review: Nicholas Thomas and Diane Losche (eds), 'Double Vision: Art Histories and Colonial Histories in the Pacific'. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.

2000

  • Smith, V. (2000). Elizabeth Wood-Ellem. Queen Salote of Tonga: the story of an era 1900-1965. Times Literary Supplement.
  • Lamb, J., Smith, V., Thomas, N. (2000). Exploration & exchange: a South Seas anthology, 1680-1900. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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