About Associate Professor Vanessa Smith
Associate Professor Vanessa Smith’s research straddles the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and is primarily concerned with issues of intercultural contact. Her ARC QEII fellowship 'A Gift for Friendship: intimacy and exchange in Oceanic encounter' explored the ways in which European ethics of friendship were placed under scrutiny in contexts of imperial encounter. She is now beginning to research the links between the development of notions of emotional subjectivity and intercultural exchange. She has a mixed bag of further interests, from breadfruit to recycling, mourning rituals to cross-dressing. Her teaching is in the areas of Literature and Travel, Victorian Literature and late-eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature and culture.