Christine Alexander

Director, Juvenilia Press
Emeritus Professor

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.

Subject areas

Publications

Books
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Alexander C; Pearson SL, 2016, Celebrating Charlotte Transforming Life Into Literature in Jane Eyre, The Brontë Society and Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth, UK
2016
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
2014
Alexander CA, 2010, Tales of Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal: selected writings, 2010, Oxford University Press, Oxford
2010
Alexander CA, 2003, The Oxford Companion to the Brontës, Original, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acref/9780198662181.001.0001
2003
Alexander CA, 1995, Charlotte Brontë's High Life In Verdopolis, Original, The British Library, London
1995
Alexander CA, 1995, Branwell's Blackwood's Magazine, Original, Juvenilia Press, Edmonton
1995
Alexander CA, 1995, The Art of the Brontës, 1995, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
1995
Alexander CA, 1993, Charlotte Brontë's Paintings: Victorian Women and the Visual Arts, Original, Australian Academy of the Arts, Canberra
1993
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.
1991
Alexander CA, 1987, An Edition of The Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë, Original, Basil Blackwell for the Shakespeare Head Press, Oxford
1987
Alexander CA, 1983, The Early Writings of Charlotte Brontë, Original, Basil Blackwell Publisher, Oxford
1983
Alexander CA, 1982, Bibliography of the Manuscripts of Charlotte Brontë, Original, Brontë Society in association with Meckler Publishing, USA
1982
Alexander CA, 1981, Something About Arthur, Original, Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin
1981
Book Chapters
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Alexander CA, 2017, 'Anne Brontë: Bibliography.', in Oxford Bibliographies in British and Irish Literature, Oxford University Press, New York
2017
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
2016
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
2016
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
2015
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
2013
Alexander CA, 2013, 'Introduction: Early life and writing', in Alexander C; Twomey R (ed.), The Double Disguise by Maria Edgeworth Juvenilia Press
2013
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
2012
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
2012
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
2012
Alexander CA, 2012, 'Juvenilia', in Thormahlen M (ed.), The Brontes in Context, edn. Original, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 98 - 106
2012
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
2011
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
2010
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
2008
Alexander CA, 2007, 'Myth and Memory: Reading the Brontë Parsonage', in Hendrix H (ed.), Writers' Houses and the Making of Memory, Routledge Press, New York & London, pp. 93 - 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203939680
2007
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
2005
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
2005
Alexander CA, 2005, 'Introduction', in Alexander C; Owen D (ed.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, Juvenilia Press, Sydney, pp. 9 - 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2029738
2005
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
2005
Alexander CA, 2005, 'Introduction', in Alexander C (ed.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, Juvenilia Press, Sydney, pp. 8 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.979022
2005
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
2005
Alexander CA; McMaster J, 2005, 'Introduction [The Child Writer From Austen to Woolf]', in Alexander C; McMaster J (ed.), The Child Writer From Austen to Woolf, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 1 - 7
2005
Alexander CA, 2002, 'Introduction', in Alexander C (ed.), Journal of Population Ageing, edn. 1-2, Juvenilia Press, Sydney, pp. 7 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12062-010-9028-y
2002
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
2002
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
2001
Alexander CA, 2000, 'The Brontes', in The Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, edn. Original, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 1111 - 1114
2000
Alexander CA, 1997, 'Lord Brotherton', in Samuels S (ed.), Dictionary of Literary Biography, edn. Original, The Gale Group, Detroit, pp. 37 - 45
1997
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
1995
Journal articles
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Alexander C, 2018, 'Early ambitions: Charlotte Brontë, henry Kirke White and Robert Southey', Bronte Studies, vol. 43, pp. 14 - 31, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14748932.2018.1389001
2018
Alexander C, 2018, '‘In Search of the Authorial Self: Branwell Brontë's Microcosmic World’', Journal of Juvenilia Studies, vol. 1, pp. 3 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.29173/jjs126
2018
Alexander CA; McMaster J, 2015, 'Children Writing in Jane Austen's Time', Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal, vol. 37, pp. 13 - 28
2015
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
2012
Alexander CA, 2011, ''Charlotte Bronte, Autobiography and the Image of the Hero'', Bronte Studies, vol. 36, pp. 1 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/147489310X12868722453302
2011
Alexander CA, 2011, 'Reflections on Charlotte Bronte, Hero-worship and the Duke of Wellington', Bronte Studies, vol. 5, pp. 1 - 27
2011
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
2010
Alexander CA, 2010, '“Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Anecdotes of the Duke of Wellington’”', Bronte Studies, vol. 35, pp. 208 - 214, http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/147489310X12798868307888
2010
Alexander CA, 2009, ''In the Hollow of the Heart': Dorothy Hewett's Early Imaginative Life', Australian Literary Studies, vol. 24, pp. 1 - 18
2009
Alexander CA, 2008, 'The Juvenilia of Charles Dickens: Romance and Reality', Dickens Quarterly, vol. 25, pp. 3 - 22
2008
Alexander CA, 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
2007
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
2006
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
2006
Alexander CA, 2006, 'Athur Bell Nichols and the Adamson Saga: New Discoveries of Bronte Memorabilia', Bronte Studies, vol. 31, pp. 194 - 209
2006
Alexander C, 2004, 'Charlotte Brontë, her school friends, and the Roe head album', Bronte Studies, vol. 29, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/bst.2004.29.1.1
2004
Alexander CA, 2004, 'Charlotte Bronte', New Dictionary of National Biography, pp. 838 - 848
2004
Alexander CA, 2004, 'Elizabeth Gaskell and Victorian Juvenilia', The Gaskell Society Journal, vol. 18, pp. 1 - 15
2004
Alexander CA, 1999, 'The prospect of Blaise: landscape and perception in Northanger Abbey', Persuasions: the Jane Austen Journal + Persuasions: on-line, pp. 15 - 29
1999
Alexander CA, 1998, 'The alternative Jane Austen', Sensibilities, vol. 17, pp. 103 - 122
1998
Alexander CA, 1997, 'Book of Revelations: a new Jane Austen-`rebellious, satirical and wild`', The Weekend Australian, pp. 31 - 31
1997
Alexander CA, 1997, 'Could do brillliantly: the Brontes in Belgium', The Australian's Review of Books, pp. 4 - 5
1997
Alexander CA, 1996, 'Prospect and operception:Jane Austen and Landscape:', Sensibilities, vol. 11, pp. 17 - 36
1996
Alexander CA, 1996, 'The biographer vindicated:Elizabeth Gaskell and Charlotte Bronte', Gaskell Studies, pp. 25 - 38
1996
Alexander CA, 1995, 'The burning clime: Charlotte Bronte and John Martin', Nineteenth - Century Literature, vol. 50, pp. 285 - 321, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/2933671
1995
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
1993
ALEXANDER C, 1993, 'THE ADYTUM OF THE HEART, THE LITERARY-CRITICISM OF BRONTE,CHARLOTTE - WHEAT,PH', NINETEENTH-CENTURY LITERATURE, vol. 48, pp. 108 - 115, http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/ncl.1993.48.1.99p05067
1993
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
1991
ALEXANDER C, 1986, 'SELECTED BRONTE POEMS - CHITHAM,E, WINNIFRITH,T', AUMLA-JOURNAL OF THE AUSTRALASIAN UNIVERSITIES LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE ASSOCIATION, pp. 303 - 307, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:A1986H895900015&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
1986
ALEXANDER C, 1985, 'THE POEMS OF BRONTE,CHARLOTTE - BRONTE,C, WINNIFRITH,T, EDITOR', AUMLA-JOURNAL OF THE AUSTRALASIAN UNIVERSITIES LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE ASSOCIATION, pp. 263 - 266, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:A1985C274600021&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
1985
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
1983
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
1983
ALEXANDER C, 1981, ''SHIRLEY' - BRONTE,C', AUMLA-JOURNAL OF THE AUSTRALASIAN UNIVERSITIES LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE ASSOCIATION, pp. 249 - 253, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:A1981NG43000019&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
1981