Emeritus Professor Christine Alexander

Director, Juvenilia Press
MA Canterbury; Ph.D. Cambridge; FAHA
School of the Arts & Media

Contact

+61 2 9385 2310
+61 2 9385 6812
Room 231L, Level 2, Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: British and Irish Literature, Stylistics and Textual Analysis, Biography
Tags: Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing

Research

Christine Alexander is Emeritus Scientia Professor of English in the School of the Arts and Media, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. She has written extensively on the Brontës, especially on their early writings—including a British Academy prize-winning book The Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë (Blackwell 1983, pb 1984), a multi-volume Edition of the Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë (Blackwells, 1983, 1987, 1991), and a selection The Brontes: Tales of Glass Town, Angria and Gondal  (OUP 2010).

Her other publications include the co-authored books The Art of the Brontës (CUP, 1995), The Oxford Companion to the Brontës (OUP, 2003, pb 2006), and The Child Writer from Austen to Woolf (CUP, 2005, pb 2009);  and an edition of Jane Austen’s Love and Freindship and other Youth Writings (Penguin 2014, pb 2015). She has just published a new co-authored book commissioned for the Brontë Bicentenary— Celebrating Charlotte Bronte: Transforming Life into literature in ‘Jane Eyre’ (The Brontë Society and Brontë Parsonage Museum, 2016).

She has also taught and published on gothic literature, Jane Austen, critical editing, literary juvenilia, and literature and landscape gardening; and she is director and general editor of the Juvenilia Press, an international research and pedagogic enterprise hosted by UNSW. She is currently working on the Brontës, visual arts and Romanticism; Jane Austen and landscape; literary juvenilia and the child writer; and a Brontë critical editing project.

Research Interests:
The Brontës; Jane Austen; literary juvenilia and the child writer; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature; the relationship between literature and landscape; bibliography and critical editing.

Publications

    Books

    • Alexander C;Pearson SL, 2016, Celebrating Charlotte Bronte: Transforming Life Into Literature in Jane Eyre, The Brontë Society and Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth, UK
    • Alexander C, 2014, Love and Friendship and Other Youthful Writings, Penguin UK, UK, http://www.penguin.com.au/products/9780140433340/love-and-freindship-and-other-youthful-writings-design-coralie-bickford-smith
    • Alexander C, (ed.), 2013, Robert Louis Stevenson: First Writings, Juvenilia Press, Sydney
    • Alexander C, 2012, Charles Dickens: The Bill of Fare, O’Thello & Other Early Works, Juvenilia Press, Sydney
    • Alexander CA, 2010, Tales of Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal: selected writings, 2010, Oxford University Press, Oxford
    • Alexander CA, (ed.), 2009, Dorothy Hewett: The gipsy dancer and early poems, 1, Juvenilia Press, Sydney
    • Alexander CA; Upfal A, (eds.), 2009, Jane Austen`s the history of England & Cassandra`s portraits, 1, Juvenilia Press, Sydney
    • Alexander CA, (ed.), 2005, Tales of the Islanders by Charlotte Bronte Vol 4, Original, Juvenilia Press, Sydney
    • Alexander CA; Owen D, (eds.), 2005, Jane Austen`s `Lady Susan`, First, Juvenilia Press, Sydney
    • Alexander CA; McMaster J, (eds.), 2005, The Child Writer From Austen to Woolf, First, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
    • Alexander CA, 2003, The Oxford Companion to the Brontës, Original, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK
    • Alexander CA, (ed.), 2003, Tales of the Islanders Vol. 3, Original, Juvenilia Press, Sydney
    • Alexander CA, (ed.), 2002, Tales of the Islanders by Charlotte Bronte Vol.2, 1st, Juvenilia Press, Sydney
    • Alexander CA, (ed.), 2001, Tales of the Islanders, Original, Juvenilia Press, Alberta
    • Alexander CA, 1995, Branwell's Blackwood's Magazine, Original, Juvenilia Press, Edmonton
    • Alexander CA, 1995, Charlotte Brontë's High Life In Verdopolis, Original, The British Library, London
    • Alexander CA, 1995, The Art of the Brontës, 1995, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
    • Alexander CA, 1993, Charlotte Brontë's Paintings: Victorian Women and the Visual Arts, Original, Australian Academy of the Arts, Canberra
    • Alexander CA, 1991, Edition of the Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë: Volume II, Part 1 and Part 2: The Rise of Angria 1833-1835, Original, Basil Blackwell, Oxford, UK, and Cambridge, Mass.
    • Alexander CA, 1987, An Edition of The Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë, Original, Basil Blackwell for the Shakespeare Head Press, Oxford
    • Alexander CA, 1983, The Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë, Original, Basil Blackwell Publisher, Oxford
    • Alexander CA, 1982, Bibliography of the Manuscripts of Charlotte Brontë, Original, Brontë Society in association with Meckler Publishing, USA
    • Alexander CA, 1981, Something About Arthur, Original, Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin

    Book Chapters

    • Alexander CA, 2016, 'Experimentation and the Early Writings', in Hoeveler DL; Morse DD (ed.), A Companion to the Brontes, John Wiley & Sons, pp. 11 - 29
    • Alexander CA, 2016, 'In Search of Juvenilia: A Survey of the Birth, Childhood and Growth of a New Genre', in Owen D; Peterson L (ed.), Home and Away: The Place of the Child Writer, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 2 - 27, http://www.cambridgescholars.com/home-and-away
    • Alexander C, 2015, 'Playful “assumption”: Dickens's early performative creativity and its influence on his sons’ family newspaper, the gad's hill gazette', in Dickens and the Imagined Child, pp. 183 - 206
    • Alexander CA, 2013, 'Introduction: Early life and writing', in Alexander C; Twomey R (ed.), The Double Disguise by Maria Edgeworth Juvenilia Press
    • Alexander C, 2013, 'Playing the author: creative writing, imaginary kingdoms, and the construction of the family magazine.', in Darian-Smith K; Pascoe C (ed.), Children, Childhood and Cultural Heritage, edn. Key Issues in Cultural Heritage series, Routledge, London, pp. 85 - 103
    • Alexander C, 2012, 'Myth and memory: Reading the brontë parsonage', in Writers' Houses and the Making of Memory, pp. 93 - 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203939680
    • Alexander C, 2012, 'Playing the author: Children’s creative writing, paracosms and the construction of family magazines', in Children, Childhood and Cultural Heritage, pp. 85 - 104, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203080641
    • Alexander C, 2012, '“For Fiction—Read Scott Alone”: The Legacy of Sir Walter Scott on Youthful Artists and Writers', in Glenn D; Haque MR; Kooyman B; Bierbaum N (ed.), The Shadow of the Precursor, edn. first, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 106 - 123
    • Alexander CA, 2012, 'The Brontës: Art and Music', in Thormahlen M (ed.), The Brontes in Context, edn. Original, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 240 - 249
    • Alexander CA, 2012, 'Juvenilia', in Thormahlen M (ed.), The Brontes in Context, edn. Original, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 98 - 106
    • Alexander CA, 2011, 'Father of the Brontes: Romantic or Victorian?', in McKnight N (ed.), Fathers in Victorian Fiction, edn. 2011, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, pp. 13 - 33
    • 2010, 'Introduction', in Journal of Population Ageing, edn. 1-2, pp. 7 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12062-010-9028-y
    • Alexander CA, 2010, '“Imagining Italy: Charlotte Brontë’s ‘pictured thoughts’ of ‘the sweet south’”', in Hollington M; Jordan J; Waters C (ed.), Imagining Italy: Victorian Travellers and Writers,, edn. 2010, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, pp. 152 - 176
    • Parker G, 2008, 'Introduction', in Bipolar II Disorder: Modelling, Measuring and Managing, pp. 1 - 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511544187.002
    • Alexander CA, 2008, 'Educating `The Artist`s Eye`: Charlotte Bronte and the Pictorial Image', in Hagan S; Wells J (ed.), The Brontes in the World of the Arts, edn. Original, Ashgate Publishing, Hampshire, England, pp. 1 - 29
    • Alexander CA, 2005, 'Introduction', in Alexander C (ed.), Tales of the Islanders by Charlotte Bronte Vol 4, edn. Original, Juvenilia Press, Sydney, pp. 8 - 18
    • Alexander CA, 2005, 'Introduction', in Alexander C; Owen D (ed.), Jane Austen`s `Lady Susan`, edn. First, Juvenilia Press, Sydney, pp. 9 - 26
    • Alexander CA, 2005, 'Autobiography and Juvenilia; The Fractured Self in Charlotte Bronte`s Early Manuscripts', in Alexander C; McMaster J (ed.), The Child Writer From Austen to Woolf, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 154 - 172
    • Alexander CA, 2005, 'Defining and Representing Literary Juvenilia', in Alexander C; McMaster J (ed.), The Child Writer From Austen to Woolf, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 70 - 100
    • Alexander CA, 2005, 'Play and Apprenticeship: The Culture of Family Magazines', in Alexander C; McMaster J (ed.), The Child Writer From Austen to Woolf, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 31 - 50
    • Alexander CA, 2005, 'Nineteenth Century Juvenilia: A Survey', in Alexander C; McMaster J (ed.), The Child Writer From Austen to Woolf, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 11 - 30
    • Alexander CA, 2002, 'Victorian Juvenilia', in Baker W; Womack K (ed.), A Companion to the Victorian Novel, edn. 1st, Greenwood Press, Westport, CONN., pp. 223 - 238
    • Alexander CA, 2001, 'First Impressions of Jane Austen', in Fullerton S; Harbers A (ed.), Jane Austen: Antipodean Views, edn. Original, Wellington Lane Press, Sydney, pp. 29 - 42
    • Alexander CA, 2000, 'The Brontes', in The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, edn. Original, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 1111 - 1114
    • Alexander CA, 1997, 'Lord Brotherton', in Samuels S (ed.), Dictionary of Literary Biography, edn. Original, The Gale Group, Detroit, pp. 37 - 45
    • Alexander CA, 1995, ''Editorial Creations and Editorial Compromise: the art of the possible in the case of the Brontës'', in Blackman M; Muecke F; Sankey M (ed.), ASPACLS Conference, edn. Original, pp. 110 - 127

    Journal articles

    • Alexander CA;McMaster J, 2015, 'Children Writing in Jane Austen's Time', Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal, vol. 37, pp. 13 - 28
    • Alexander C, 2012, 'Charlotte Brontë and 'the treasures of the Bible': Roe Head, the 'infernal world' and 'well of life'', Bronte Studies, vol. 37, pp. 272 - 285, http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1474893212Z.00000000032
    • Alexander CA, 2011, 'Reflections on Charlotte Bronte, Hero-worship and the Duke of Wellington', Bronte Studies, vol. 5, pp. 1 - 27
    • Alexander C, 2010, 'Charlotte Brontë, autobiography, and the image of the hero', Bronte Studies, vol. 36, pp. 1 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/147489310X12868722453302
    • Alexander C, 2010, 'Charlotte Brontë's 'anecdotes of the Duke of Wellington'', Bronte Studies, vol. 35, pp. 208 - 214, http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/147489310X12798868307888
    • Alexander CA;Upfal A, 2010, '“Are We Ready for New Directions? Jane Austen’s The History of England and Cassandra’s Portraits”', Persuasions: the Jane Austen Journal + Persuasions: on-line, vol. 30, http://www.jasna.org/persuasions/on-line/vol30no2/upfal-alexander.html
    • Alexander CA, 2009, ''In the Hollow of the Heart': Dorothy Hewett's Early Imaginative Life', Australian Literary Studies, vol. 24, pp. 1 - 18
    • Alexander C, 2008, 'The juvenilia of Charles Dickens: Romance and reality', Dickens Quarterly, vol. 25, pp. 3 - 22
    • Alexander C, 2007, 'Charlotte Brontë and the Duke of Wellington: Further evidence of hero-worship', Notes and Queries, vol. 54, pp. 142 - 145, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/notesj/gjm069
    • Alexander C, 2006, 'Arthur Bell Nicholls and the Adamson Saga: New discoveries of Brontë memorabilia', Bronte Studies, vol. 31, pp. 194 - 209, http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/147489306X132246
    • Alexander CA;Owen D, 2006, 'Lady Susan: A Re-evaluation of Jane Austen`s Epistolary Novel', Persuasions: the Jane Austen Journal + Persuasions: on-line, vol. 27, pp. 54 - 68
    • Alexander CA, 2006, 'Athur Bell Nichols and the Adamson Saga: New Discoveries of Bronte Memorabilia', Bronte Studies, vol. 31, pp. 194 - 209
    • Alexander C, 2004, 'Charlotte Brontë, her school friends, and the Roe head album', Bronte Studies, vol. 29, pp. 1 - 16
    • Alexander CA, 2004, 'Elizabeth Gaskell and Victorian Juvenilia', The Gaskell Society Journal, vol. 18, pp. 1 - 15
    • Alexander CA, 2004, 'Charlotte Bronte', New Dictionary of National Biography, pp. 838 - 848
    • Alexander CA, 1999, 'The prospect of Blaise: landscape and perception in Northanger Abbey', Persuasions: the Jane Austen Journal + Persuasions: on-line, pp. 15 - 29
    • Alexander CA, 1998, 'The alternative Jane Austen', Sensibilities, vol. 17, pp. 103 - 122
    • Alexander CA, 1997, 'Could do brillliantly: the Brontes in Belgium', The Australian's Review of Books, pp. 4 - 5
    • Alexander CA, 1997, 'Book of Revelations: a new Jane Austen-`rebellious, satirical and wild`', The Weekend Australian, pp. 31 - 31
    • Alexander CA, 1996, 'The biographer vindicated:Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Bronte', Gaskell Studies, pp. 25 - 38
    • Alexander CA, 1996, 'Prospect and operception:Jane Austen and Landscape:', Sensibilities, vol. 11, pp. 17 - 36
    • Alexander C, 1995, '“The Burning Clime”: Charlotte Brontë and John Martin', Nineteenth-Century Literature, vol. 50, pp. 285 - 321, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/2933671
    • Alexander C, 1993, '“That Kingdom of Gloom”: Charlotte Brontë, the Annuals, and the Gothic', Nineteenth-Century Literature, vol. 47, pp. 409 - 436, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/2933782
    • Alexander C, 1991, 'Art and Artists in Charlotte Brontë’s Juvenilia', Bronte Society Transactions, vol. 20, pp. 177 - 204, http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/030977691796439820
    • Alexander C, 1983, 'Some new finding in brontë bibliography', Notes and Queries, vol. 30, pp. 233 - 237, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nq/30.3.233

    Conference Proceedings (Editor of)

    • Alexander CA; Jolly R, (eds.), 1999, 'Australasian Victorian Studies Journal', AVSA, University of New South Wales, presented at Australasian Victorian Studies Association, University of New South Wales, 01 January 1999

Teaching

Professor Alexander has taught at all levels, both in Australia and overseas, chiefly in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and in women’s studies. She is currently working on the Brontës and the visual arts; Jane Austen and landscape; and on an ARC-funded project on literary juvenilia and the child writer. She welcomes research students in these or related fields.

Honours and prizes

  • ARC Senior Research Fellow (1993-8)
  • Awarded a Commonwealth of Australia Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society and the Humanities in the Study of English Literature.
  • Appointed a Scientia Professor in 2007

Affiliations and membership

Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities; ARC Senior Research Fellow (1993-8)

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