Professor Vanessa Smith

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

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 2857

Curriculum vitae Curriculum vitae

Biographical details

Vanessa Smith is Professor of English literature 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, uses the insights of object relations psychoanalysis to think about aspects of the Victorian novel, including realism, Bildung and minor character. She is also workingon acritical study of Marion Milner’s generically wide-ranging oeuvre. With other members of the Novel Network she is organising a major conference on the Bildungsroman in November 2018.

Research interests

  • Late eighteenth- through early twentieth-century literature and culture
  • The Novel
  • Psychoanalysis: history and theory, especially object relations
  • Pacific history and literature

Research Groups

Current research students

Project title Research student
�Betwixt and Between�: The Place of the Governess in the Novel of the Long Nineteenth Century Philippa JANU
The psychology of villainy in the Victorian novel Stephanie LAST
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

2018

  • The Novel Network; Lynch D, Smith V, Frow J, Hardie M; Office of Global Engagement/Travel 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 & creative works

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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., 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, 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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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 Mackenthun (Eds.), Sea Changes: Historicizing the Ocean, (pp. 37-53). New York: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Smith, V., Edmond, R. (2003). Editors' introduction. In Rod Edmond, Vanessa Smith (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 Rod Edmond, Vanessa Smith (Eds.), Islands in History and Representation, (pp. 116-132). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Journals

  • Smith, V. (2018). Transferred Debts: Marion Milner's A Life of One's Own and the limits of analysis. Feminist Modernist Studies, 1(1-2), 96-111. [More Information]
  • Smith, V. (2017). Toy Stories. Novel, 50(1), 35-55. [More Information]
  • Smith, V. (2016). Novel Worlds. Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, 63(2-3), 91-95. [More Information]
  • Smith, V. (2012). Review of Grace Moore (Ed.), Pirates and Mutineers of the Nineteenth Century Swashbucklers and Swindlers. The Review of English Studies, 63(261), 697-699. [More Information]
  • Smith, V. (2011). Review of Samuel Baker, Written on the Water: British Romanticism and the Maritime Empire of Culture. The Review of English Studies, 62(256), 658-660. [More Information]
  • Smith, V. (2010). Review of Veronique Bragard, Transoceanic Dialogues: Coolitude in Caribbean and Indian Ocean Literatures. Island Studies Journal, 5(1), 123-125. [More Information]
  • Smith, V. (2009). "Prizeable Companions": Missing Friends in the Marquesan Accounts of William Crook, 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. (2009). Two-Way Traffic. Eighteenth-Century Studies, 42(4), 611-615. [More Information]
  • 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.
  • 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.

Edited Journals

  • Frow, J., Smith, V. (2017). The Prosaic Imaginary. Novel, 50(1). [More Information]
  • Smith, V., Frow, J. (2016). Novel Worlds. Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, 63(2-3).
  • Smith, V., Yeo, R. (2009). Friendship in Early Modern Philosophy and Science. Parergon, 26(2).

Textual Creative Works

  • Smith, V., Thomas, N. (2013). Mutiny and Aftermath: James Morrison's Account of the Mutiny on the Bounty and the Island of Tahiti. Mutiny and Aftermath, (pp. 1 - 344). Honolulu, United States of America: University of Hawai'i Press. [More Information]

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Smith, V. (2018). B-Sides: Marion Milner's "A Life of One's Own". Public Books. [More Information]
  • Smith, V. (2016). Why Charlotte Bronte still speaks to us - 200 years after her birth. The Conversation, 20 April 2016. [More Information]
  • 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.

Other

  • Smith, V. (2010), Invited response to 'Late Darwin and the Problem of the Human' forum by Gillian Beer, National Humanities Centre. [More Information]

2018

  • Smith, V. (2018). B-Sides: Marion Milner's "A Life of One's Own". Public Books. [More Information]
  • Smith, V. (2018). Transferred Debts: Marion Milner's A Life of One's Own and the limits of analysis. Feminist Modernist Studies, 1(1-2), 96-111. [More Information]

2017

2016

  • Smith, V. (2016). Novel Worlds. Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, 63(2-3), 91-95. [More Information]
  • Smith, V., Frow, J. (2016). Novel Worlds. Journal of Language, Literature and Culture, 63(2-3).
  • Smith, V. (2016). The Novel in English in Oceania to 1950. In Ralph Crane, Jane Stafford, 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. (2016). Why Charlotte Bronte still speaks to us - 200 years after her birth. The Conversation, 20 April 2016. [More Information]

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. [More Information]

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. [More Information]
  • Smith, V., Thomas, N. (2013). Mutiny and Aftermath: James Morrison's Account of the Mutiny on the Bounty and the Island of Tahiti. Mutiny and Aftermath, (pp. 1 - 344). Honolulu, United States of America: University of Hawai'i Press. [More Information]
  • Smith, V. (2013). Point Venus. In Sandhya Patel (Eds.), Contact in Context, (pp. 33-45). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2012

  • Smith, V. (2012). Review of Grace Moore (Ed.), Pirates and Mutineers of the Nineteenth Century Swashbucklers and Swindlers. The Review of English Studies, 63(261), 697-699. [More Information]

2011

  • Smith, V. (2011). Review of Samuel Baker, Written on the Water: British Romanticism and the Maritime Empire of Culture. The Review of English Studies, 62(256), 658-660. [More Information]

2010

  • Smith, V. (2010). Intimate Strangers: Friendship, Exchange and Pacific Encounters. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Smith, V. (2010), Invited response to 'Late Darwin and the Problem of the Human' forum by Gillian Beer, National Humanities Centre. [More Information]
  • Smith, V. (2010). Review of Veronique Bragard, Transoceanic Dialogues: Coolitude in Caribbean and Indian Ocean Literatures. Island Studies Journal, 5(1), 123-125. [More Information]

2009

  • Smith, V. (2009). "Prizeable Companions": Missing Friends in the Marquesan Accounts of William Crook, 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., Yeo, R. (2009). Friendship in Early Modern Philosophy and Science. Parergon, 26(2).
  • Smith, V. (2009). Two-Way Traffic. Eighteenth-Century Studies, 42(4), 611-615. [More Information]

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 Mackenthun (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 Rod Edmond, Vanessa Smith (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 Rod Edmond, Vanessa Smith (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

  • 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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