Dr Kirby-Jane Hallum

BA(Hons), MA (Otago), PhD Auckland

Research | Current

My research interests lie in the long 19th century in Britain and New Zealand, with particular focus on women’s and popular literature. My monograph, "Aestheticism and the Marriage Market in Victorian Popular Fiction: The Art of Female Beauty", was published by Pickering & Chatto in early 2015.

I am also working on two other projects: a study of Britain’s influence on New Zealand New Woman writing, and relatedly, the impact of the aesthetic movement in colonial New Zealand homes.


Ministry for Culture and Heritage, NZ History Research Trust Award (2014)

Kate Edger Educational Trust Research Grant (2013)

Daphne Purvis Award (2013)

University of Auckland Doctoral Completion Award (2012)

Universitas 21 Doctoral Mobility Scholarship (2011)

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship (2008-2012)


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Hallum, K. (2015). Aestheticism and the Marriage Market in Victorian Popular Fiction: The Art of Female Beauty. UK: Pickering & Chatto. Related URL.
  • Hallum, K. J. (2014). The New Zealand New Woman: Translating a British cultural figure to a colonial context. Literature Compass, 11 (5), 328-336. 10.1111/lic3.12149
  • Hallum, K.-J. (2014). “Knowledge is Now no More a Fountain Sealed”: Secondary Education for Girls in Colonial New Zealand. Women's Writing, 21 (2), 245-258. 10.1080/09699082.2014.906726
  • Hallum, K. (2014). The Antipodal House Beautiful: Louisa Alice Baker’s Colonial Aesthetic. In T. S. Wagner (Ed.) Domestic Fiction in Colonial Australia and New Zealand (pp. 135-159). London: Pickering & Chatto.
  • Hallum, K. (2012). Collecting Men: Masculinity and Cultural Capital in The Woman in White. Victorian Network, 4 (1), 27-47. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27434


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Level 4, Room 4121
New Zealand

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