Associate Professor Kate Mitchell

PhD (literary studies) from University of Melbourne; BA (hons) from ANU
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Literary Studies 2005
  • British And Irish Literature 200503
  • Comparative Literature Studies 200524
  • Literary Theory 200525
  • Stylistics And Textual Analysis 200526

Research interests

Neo-Victorian fiction

Historical fiction, especially contemporary British and Australian

Victorian fiction

19th and 20th century literary and cultural history

Cultural Memory

Theory and philosophy of History

Teaching interests:

ENGL1012 My Generation: Narratives of Youth in Fiction, Film and New Media
ENGL2074 Jane Austen History and Fiction
ENGL2067 Classic Novel into Film
ENGL2061 Victorian Literature
ENGL8007 The Victorian Novel Then and Now



Kate Mitchell holds a BA (hons) from ANU and a PhD in literary studies from the University of Melbourne. Her research is focused on nineteenth- and twentieth - century literary and cultural history with a particular interest in neo-Victorian fiction and historical recollection in fictional narratives. She is author of History and Cultural Memory in Neo-Victorian Fiction: Victorian Afterimages (Palgrave Macmillan in 2010) and co-editor, with Dr Nicola Parson,  of Reading Historical Fiction: the revenant and remembered past (Palgrave 2013) , and her articles on historical fiction have appeared in Neo-Victorian Studies and a number of edited collections. She lectures in nineteenth and twentieth century fiction at ANU and has served on the editorial board of Humanities Reserch since 2009.

Researcher's projects

Nineteenth-Century Australia Then and Now: Remembering Australia’s Past in Neo-Victorian Fiction

The historical novel is a highly popular and critically-significant genre among contemporary Australian novelists and readers alike, with examples dominating bestseller and literary award lists. Among these historical novels, the nineteenth century recurs with an insistence that identifies, or indeed, constructs, the period as central to the Australian historical imaginary.

This project explores how we remember the past in Australia in today. It provides new ways of understanding the operation of literature as a form of cultural memory, opening up the critical debate beyond whether novels constitute ‘good’ or ‘bad’ history to consider how they function in relation to a range of discourses about the past and how it is remembered today.


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