Dr Rosemary Hope Lovell-Smith

BPhil (Oxf) , MA (Penn & Cant) , PhD (Well)

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Honorary Academic


Dr Lovell-Smith retired in 2014 and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in English.

Research | Current

  • Children's literature, nineteenth-century fiction, folktale and fairy tale, feminist writing, self-writing.


Research interests include words and pictures in children's literature, history of children's literature, 19th century fiction, especially women's writing, feminist writing, oral literature and the fairy tale.

Dr Rose Lovell-Smith's Research


Postgraduate supervision

Earlier supervision topics / titles


  • Anthony Trollope, Victorian Ireland and Irish Politics
  • Bluebeard in Jane Campion's The Piano
  • Childhood Materialised (Fetichism in Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester, Cicely Mary Barker's "flower fairies" books, and the doll stories of Rumer Godden.)
  • Linguistics and Literature: Is Form Equal to Content?
  • Re-Viewing Identities: Constructions of Māori in New Zealand Children's Picture Books
  • Disability in Victorian sensation fiction
  • The aestheticised heroine in Victorian popular fiction
  • Intertextuality in adolescent fiction by Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman

Dr Rose Lovell-Smith's Postgraduate Supervision




Areas of expertise

Oral tales (including Bluebeard and other fairy tales) and their retelling in print literatures, children's literature and the illustration of children's literature, 19th-century fiction and 20th-century fiction, women's writing generally, self-writing.

Previous courses taught by Dr Rose Lovell-Smith





Children's Literature: Words and Pictures


ENGLISH 750 /750 A B

Oral Tales and English Fictions


ENGLISH 263/354      Writing Selves  

Dr Rose Lovell-Smith's Teaching

Dr Lovell-Smith also taught academic writing, 19th-century literature, ad a self-writing course (previously located in the Women's Studies programme) called English 205 Women's Texts of Experience.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Lovell-Smith, R. H. (2011). Reading Pleasure and Repetition in Diana Wynne Jones's Howl's Moving Castle Series. Paper presented at Narrative, Repetition, and Texts for Young People Symposium, University of Winnipeg. 8 June - 10 June 2011.
  • Lovell-Smith, R. H. (2010). "The Psammead": Serialisation, illustration and revision of Edith Nesbit's first contemporary fantasy for children in The Strand Magazine. Paper presented at Annual Conference of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP), Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. 10 September - 11 September 2010.
  • Lovell-Smith, R. H. (2010). Fantasy Maori Characters in Settler Aotearoa/New Zealand Children's Literature. Paper presented at 9th Biennial International Conference of the Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research (ACLAR), University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia. 23 June - 25 June 2010.
  • Lovell-Smith, R. H. (2009). Peter, Potter, Rabbits, Robbers. Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature, 19 (1), 17-29.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/12575
  • Lovell-Smith, R. H. (2009). Introducing the animal characters of Wonderland. Alice in Wonderland: through the looking glass, and what Alice found there by Lewis Carroll; with illustrations by John Tenniel (pp. xxxvi-lii). Cambridge: Worth.
  • Lovell-Smith, R. H. (2008). Peter, Potter, Rabbits, Robbers. Paper presented at Other Worlds in Children's Literature: Fantasy, Reality and Imagination. 8th Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research (ACLAR) Conference, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand. 27 June - 29 June 2008.
  • Lovell-Smith, R. H. (2008). Of mice and women: Beatrix Potter's Bluebeard story. Paper presented at Blaubart's Wiederkehr, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. 4 December - 5 December 2008.
  • Lovell-Smith, R. H. (2008). On the Gothic Beach: A New Zealand Reading of House and Landscape in Margaret Mahy's The Tricksters. In A. Jackson, K. Coats, R. McGillis (Eds.) The gothic in children's literature: haunting the borders (pp. 93-115). New York: Routledge.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/11874

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 544
New Zealand