Kristine Moruzi

Exploring the changing nature of children's literature and culture


Dr Kristine Moruzi

Senior Lecture, Writing, Literature and Culture

Research and Experience
Kristine Moruzi is a senior lecturer in Writing, Literature and Culture. She is a literary historian who does archival work in children’s print culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her first monograph, Constructing Girlhood through the Periodical Press, 1850-1915 (Ashgate 2012) examines the debate about the shifting nature of British girlhood in the nineteenth century and was shortlisted for the Colby Book Prize offered by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, which honours the book that most advances the understanding of the nineteenth-century British newspaper or periodical press. Her second book, From Colonial to Modern: Transnational Girlhood in Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand Children’s Literature (1840-1940) (with Michelle J. Smith and Clare Bradford and published by University of Toronto Press 2018), develops a new history of colonial girlhoods to reveal how notions of girlhood in each of these nations reflects a unique political, social, and cultural context. Her current project, funded by an ARC DECRA, is on The Charitable Child: Children and Philanthropy in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries. She also works on representations of girlhood in contemporary children’s and young adult literature.


children’s literature; young adult literature; periodical press; girlhood; imperialism