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Dr Mathew Abbott

Email: m.abbott@federation.edu.au
Position: Lecturer in Philosophy
Affiliation: Federation University Australia
Current fields of interest: film-philosophy, Abbas Kiarostami, absorption in cinema, theories of modernism, modernist aesthetics
Current Project: In Abbas Kiarostami and Film-Philosophy, I present a defence of film-philosophy through the cinema of Abbas Kiarostami. I argue that the philosophical propensity of film in general consist less in its ability to make a positive contribution to theorising than in how it challenges, beguiles, goads, and resists it. And this tendency of film, I work to demonstrate, has been exploited in a fascinating, charming, and often devastating way by Kiarostami.
Representative Publications:
1. Abbas Kiarostami and Film-Philosophy (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming)
2. “Kiarostami’s Picture Theory: Cinematic Skepticism in The Wind Will Carry Us’, SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism 42.1 (2013): 165-79

 

Eleanor Ahern

Email: eleanor.ahern@adelaide.edu.au
Position: PhD candidate
Affiliation: University of Adelaide

 

Fahmida Akhter

Email: fahmida.munni@gmail.com
Position: PhD Candidate
Affiliation: University of Essex
Current fields of interest: Film Studies; History and Aesthetics of Eastern Drama; Documentary Film Production; Bangladeshi cinema; Digital Design
Current Project: The most important and celebrated chapter in the history of Bangladesh is its nine-month long Liberation War (Muktijuddho in Bengali) of 1971. My research investigates the ways in which memories and histories of the war are shaped by the gender dynamics of nationalism in different periods through examining war-themed films of Bangladesh. Both covering mainstream and alternative war films, I trace the intersections between gender and nation occurred in films. I explore both the ways in which men and women become national subjects and have been portrayed in war films.
Representative Publications:
1. “Jibon Thekey Neya (Glimpses of life, 1970) : The First Political Film in Pre-Liberation Bangladesh and a Cinematic Metaphor for Nationalist Concerns” Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (Humanities), Vol. 59(2), (December, 2014), (ISSN 1015-6836), pp. 291-303.
2. “Framing Pain as Spectacle: The Aesthetics of Wartime Films of Bangladesh Bangladesh Film Archive Journal, (ISSN 2074-2134) (December 2014): 38− 50.

 

Dr Ian Andrews

Email: ian@ian-andrews.org
Position: Casual lecturer
Affiliation: UNSW
Current fields of interest: phenomenology; deconstruction; sound; media-art; semiotics
Current Project: “Access and Contingency” (working title) seeks to deepen the thought of Cage and the Fluxus artists by reinscribing it through the philosophy of Husserl, Heidegger and Derrida, but also, and more importantly, to make a contribution to this field of ‘post-phenomenological’ philosophy through an inquiry into the possibility of the chance operation of Cage and others—and other procedural strategies— as performing a radical epochē that reconfigures attention and grants a certain access to the things themselves. My argument is that the work of Heidegger, and Derrida, enables such a way of thinking.
Representative Publications:
1. “Post-digital Aesthetics and the Function of Process,” Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA2013, Sydney (2013).
2. “Sonic Practice as Research,” New Scholar Vol 2, No 1 (2013).
Link to personal webpage: http://ian-andrews.org

 

Dr Bulatova Asiya

Email: asia.bulatova@gmail.com
Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Affiliation: Nanyang Technological University

 

Dr Paul Atkinson

Email: paul.atkinson@monash.edu.au
Position: Lecturer
Affiliation: Monash University
Current fields of interest: Bergson, Philosophy of Time; Visual Culture; Aesthetics; Cinema
Current Project: The Aesthetics of Duration: Henri Bergson and Visual Culture
Representative Publications:
1. “Henri Bergson.” Deleuze’s Philosophical Lineage Eds. Jon Roffe and Graham Jones. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009.
2. “Dynamic Sensation: Bergson, Futurism and the Exteriorisation of time in the Plastic Arts.” In Art and Time Ed. Susan Tridgell. Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2007.
Link to personal webpage: http://arts.monash.edu.au/staff/paul-atkinson.php

 

Dr John Attridge

Email: j.attridge@unsw.edu.au
Affiliation: University of New South Wales

 

Dr Karen Barker

Email: kareneb@unimelb.edu.au
Position: Manager
Affiliation: University of Melbourne
Current fields of interest: vitalism; Australian literature; socialist realism; modernism; Bergson
Current Project: The influence of Henri Bergson’s philosophy on early 20th century Australian Literature
Representative Publications:
1. “The Future’s Double Horizion in Jean Devanny’s Sugar Heaven.” In Literature and poltics: Pushing the World in Certain Directions. Ed. Peter Marks. Cambridge Scholars Press.
2. “Keep close to the Earth: The Schism between the Worker and Nature in Katharine Susannah Prichard’s novels.” Colloquy12 (2006): 43-58.

 

Sophia Barnes

Email: sophia.barnes@sydney.edu.au
Affiliation: University of Sydney

 

Suzanne Bellamy

Email: sbellamy@goulburn.net.au
Position: PhD student
Affiliation: University of Sydney
Current fields of interest: European and Australian modernism; Virginia Woolf; Gertrude Stein; Nuri Mass; RG Howard
Current Project: Thesis on 1942 research by Nuri Mass on Virginia Woolf
Representative Publications:
1. Paper title TBA. Woolf and the City. Eds. Elizabeth Evans and Sarah Cornish. Clemson: Clemson University Press, 2010.
2. Bellamy, Suzanne and Susan Hawthorne. Unsettling the Land. North Melbourne, Australia: Spinifex, 2008.
Link to personal website: suzannebellamy.com

 

Dr Prudence Black

Email: prudence.black@sydney.edu.au
Position: Honorary Associate
Affiliation: University of Sydney
Current fields of interest: Australian design history; fashion theory; aviation and transport history; emotional and aesthetic labour
Current Project: The Flight Attendant’s Shoe describes a 60 year history of the Qantas flight attendant’s uniform. It figures the Qantas uniform as a prism through which to explore a history of modern Australian fashion and design, and the social and cultural web that gives life to the image of the Qantas flight attendant, rather than a history of the airline itself.
Representative Publications:
1. ‘Fashion Takes Flight: Amy Johnson, Schiaparelli and Australian Modernism’. Hecate, Dec. 2009.
2. ‘Antipodean Modernism’, co-authored with Stephen Muecke, in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms, ed. Peter Brooker et. al (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

 

Dr Melissa Boyde

Email: boyde@uow.edu.au
Position: Research Fellow
Affiliation: Faculty of Arts, University of Wollongong
Current fields of interest: Modernist writers including Stein, Mirrlees and Vivien; Australian modernist women writers; critical animal studies
Current Project: Biography of Mary Alice Evatt; Moya Dyring archival/curatorial project
Representative Publications:
1. Boyde, M. J. ‘Making it Accessible: Mary Alice Evatt and Australian Modernist Art’, in Impact of the modern: vernacular modernities in Australia 1870s-1960s, eds. R. Dixon and V. Kelly (Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2008), 125-136.
2. Boyde, M. J. ‘The Modernist roman a clef and Cultural Secrets, or, I Know that You Know that I Know that You Know’. Australian Literary Studies 24. 3-4 (2009): 155-166.

 

Charlotte Bradley

Email: cbra8183@uni.sydney.edu.au
Affiliation: University of Sydney

 

Meg Brayshaw

Email: megmbrayshaw@gmail.com
Position: Postgraduate student
Affiliation: Western Sydney University
Current fields of interest: Australian literature; ecocriticism; modernism; women’s writing; spatiality
Current Project: My thesis examines representations of Sydney in novels written by Australian women in the interwar period, underpinned by theory drawn from the ecological humanities.

 

Dr Robert Buch

Email: robert.buch@unsw.edu.au
Position: Senior Lecturer
Affiliation: University of New South Wales
Current fields of interest: German literature; French literature; 19th and 20th century; literature and religion
Current Project: The afterlife and transformation of the concept of askesis in modern French and German literature.
Representative Publications:
1. The Pathos of the Real. On the Aesthetics of Violence. Baltimore/London, 2010.
2. Blumenberg lesen, ed., Berlin, 2014.

 

Joe Bugden

Email: joseph.bugden@utas.edu.au
Affiliation: University of Tasmania

 

Dr Mark Byron

Email: mark.byron@sydney.edu.au
Position: Lecturer in Twentieth Century British and American Literature
Affiliation: Department of English, University of Sydney
Current fields of interest: Samuel Beckett; Ezra Pound; Textual Criticism; Critical Editing; Manuscript Studies
Current Project: I am currently working on a digital edition of Samuel Beckett’s novel Watt (1953) and its complex manuscript archive (composed 1941-45). The imbricated relationship between text and archive demands innovation in the conceptual design and practical deployment of editorial practices, in particular the development of robust digital editing protocols.
Representative Publications:
1.”Beckett’s ‘tenth rate xenium’: The Conundra of Writing and Editing Watt,” in Literature and the Writer, ed. Michael J. Meyer (Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 2004), pp. 1-18
2. “Textual Criticism,” in Ezra Pound in Context, ed. Ira B. Nadel (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009; contract signed 23 April 2008).

 

Dr Denton Callander

Email: d.callander@unsw.edu.au
Position: Research Fellow
Affiliation: Kirby Institute, UNSW

 

Professor Erin G. Carlston

Email: e.carlston@auckland.ac.nz
Position: Professor of English
Affiliation: University of Auckland
Current fields of interest: comparative/transnational modernisms; gender and sexuality; Jewish studies
Current Project: I am writing on how Wyndham Lewis theorises masculinity in his fictional and theoretical work, suggesting that he anticipates later feminist and queer readings of gender as performance.
1. Double Agents: Espionage, Literature, and Liminal Citizenship (Columbia UP, 2013)
2. Thinking Fascism: Sapphic Modernism and Fascist Modernity (Stanford UP, 1998)

 

Dr Evelyn Chan

Email: evelyn_chan@cuhk.edu.hk
Position: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

Arka Chattopadhyay

Email: arkaless@gmail.com
Affiliation: University of Western Sydney

 

Diana Chester

Email: diana.chester@gmail.com
Position: Lecturer in the Arts
Affiliation: New York University Abu Dhabi
Current fields of interest: sound studies; digital media; media archaeology; digital ethnographies
Personal website: http://www.dianachester.com

 

Professor John Clark

Email: john.clark@sydney.edu.au
Position: Emeritus Professor in Art History
Affiliation: University of Sydney
Current fields of interest: modernity in Asian art
Current Project: A two-volume study, The Asian-Modern, 1850s-1990s, that examines the artistic careers and transnational networks which constitute modernity in Asian art for five cohorts of five artists each from the 1850s-1990s across Asia and Australia.
Representative Publications:
1. Asian Modernities: Chinese and Thai Art of the 1980s and 1990s, Sydney: Power Publications, 2010. (Winner, Best Art Book Prize of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, 2011)
2. Modernities of Japanese Art, Leiden: Brill, 2013.

 

Sarah Collins

Email: sarah.collins@unsw.edu.au
Affiliation: University of New South Wales

 

Dr Anthony Cordingley

Email: anthony.cordingley@gmail.com
Position: Lecturer
Affiliation: Universite Paris 8 – Vincennes-Saint-Denis
Current fields of interest: Modernism; Samuel Beckett; translation; philosophy; genetic criticism
Current Project: I am exploring the impact of Beckett’s grounding in the French literary traditions of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. This project quantifies how French and English cultural heritages are processed differently within respective versions of his works. More generally, I hope to further understanding of how national literatures are reshaped through cultural translation. Also, I am editing the electronic genetic-critical edition of Beckett’s Comment c’est/How it is for the Beckett Digital Manuscripts Project.
Representative Publications:
1. Self-Translation: Brokering Originality in Hybrid Culture. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.
2. ‘Beckett’s Masters: Pedagogical Sadism, Foreign Language Primers, Self-Translation.’ Modern Philology 109.4 (2012): 510-43.
Link to personal webpage: http://www.ea-anglais.univ-paris8.fr/spip.php?article1179

 

Anna Couani

Affiliation: NSW Department of Education and Communities

 

Dr Shirley Daborn

Email: shirleydaborn@me.com
Affiliation: Penrith Regional Gallery
Current fields of interest: modernism, modern art, contemporary art, modern architecture, cultural studies
Current Project: I am currently researching abstract artists Margo and Gerald Lewers and their role within the mid-twentieth-century Sydney moderns art scene.
Representative Publications:
1. ‘”Big, Bright, Beautiful”: The New Shopping Centres’, in Leisure Space: The Transformation of Sydney, 1945-1970. Ed. Paul Hogben and Judith O’Callaghan. Sydney: UNSW Press, 2014.

 

Dr Chris Danta

Email: c.danta@unsw.edu.au
Position: Senior Lecturer
Affiliation: UNSW

 

Ioana Deac

Email: deac_eliza@yahoo.com
Affiliation: Babes-Bolyai University
Current fields of interest: literary theory; poetics; literary modernism; experimental poetry; e-literature
Current Project: Recently finished dissertation on the essential mutations of the notion of poeticity in the 20th and 21st centuries as illustrated in some key experimental works of literary modernism and avant-garde as well as in some first-generation works of what is currently termed e-literature.
Representative Publications:
1. “The Quest for the Ideal Edition of Mallarmé’s Un coup de Dés”, în Book Practices & Textual Itineraries: Contemporary Textual Aesthetics, Nathalie Collé, Monica Latham, David Ten Eyck (general editors), Nancy, PUN-Éditions Universitaires de Lorraine, 2015, pp. 29-56.
2. “Between Dismemberment and (Dis)embodiment: Defining (Hyper)text in Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl”, Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai. Dramatica, LIX, n° 2, October 2014, pp. 147-167.

 

Professor Maryanne Dever

Email: maryanne.dever@uts.edu.au
Position: Professor and Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning)
Affiliation: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney
Current fields of interest: Archival studies, women’s writing, materiality
Current Project: My current research is on the status of archived paper with the advent of digital technologies. This will appear in the book Paper, Materiality and the Archived Page which is centrally concerned with interrogating the relationship between materiality and methodology in archive-centred literary studies. Case studies include the correspondence between Greta Garbo and Mercedes de Acosta, the manuscripts of Eve Langley and the papers of Valentine Ackland and Sylvia Townsend Warner.
Representative Publications:
1. Dever, M., Newman, S. & Vickery, A. The Intimate Archive: Journeys Through Private Papers. Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2009.
2: Dever, M. & Morra, L. Guest editors. ‘Literary Archives, Materiality and the Digital.’ Special issue of Archives and Manuscripts 42.3 (2014).
Link to personal website: www.archivefutures.com

 

Daniel Dixon

Email: ddix6001@uni.sydney.edu.au
Affiliation: University of Sydney

 

Rory Dufficy

Email: rory.dufficy@gmail.com
Position: PhD Candidate
Affiliation: Western Sydney University
Current fields of interest: Communism; avant-garde; Bataille; representation; Benjamin.

 

Ben Eldridge

Email: ben.eldridge@sydney.edu.au
Position: Postgraduate
Affiliation: University of Sydney
Current fields of interest: Language; grammar; semiotics; Peter Watts
Current Project: Consideration of the idiosyncratic language use of contemporary Candian science fiction author Peter Watts. Watts’ approach systemically deconstructs conventional language use in a manner which reflects his thematic motif of reaching beyond the limits of the human. Through a reframing multiple discursive conventions, Watts’ texts veer from traditional textual representation to become something other; evolving into a prototypical posthuman linguistics.

 

Professor David Ewick

Email: dewick@gmail.com
Position: Professor
Affiliation: Tokyo Woman’s Christian University
Current fields of interest: East-West cultural history; Ezra Pound; WB Yeats; Arthur Waley; the Chinese written character as a medium for poetry; Japan and China
Current Project: A literary and cultural history of The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry
Representative Publications:
1. Notes Toward a Cultural History of Japanese Modernism in Modernist Europe, 1910-1920
2. Orientalism, Absence, and Quick-Firing Guns: The Emergence of Japan as a Western Text

 

Associate Professor Charles Ferrall

Email: charles.ferrall@vuw.ac.nz
Position: Associate Professor
Affiliation: Victoria University of Wellington
Current fields of interest: Modernism; New Zealand Literature; Australian Literature; Working Class Literature; Edwardian Literature
Current Project: Working Class Writers of the 1930s
Representative Publications:
1. Writing the 1926 General Strike (CUP)
2. Literature In Transition, 1920-1940, co-editor (CUP)

 

Professor Carole Ferrier

Email: c.ferrier@uq.edu.au
Position: Professor of Literature and Women’s Studies
Affiliation: School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland
Current fields of interest: modernist female/feminist fiction in transnational frames; Palmers; earlier 20thC Australian women novelists
Representative Publications:
1. Jean Devanny: Romantic Revolutionary (Melbourne UP, 1999)
2. ed., As Good as a Yarn With You: Letters between Miles Franklin, Katharine Susannah Prichard, Jean Devanny, Marjorie Barnard, Flora Eldershaw and Eleanor Dark (Cambridge UP, 2004)
3. ed., ‘Women Writers/Artists and Travelling Modernisms,’ spec. iss. Hecate 35.1-2 (2009)

 

Niklas Fischer

Email: nfis2984@uni.sydney.edu.au
Affiliation: University of Sydney
Current fields of interest: empathy in hermeneutics; Modernism; EM Forster; JM Coetzee
Current Projects: My research project examines the influence of EM Forster’s work in regard to questions of understanding and intersubjectivity on the writing of JM Coetzee and Zadie Smith.

 

Dirk Gibb

Affiliation: University of Newcastle

 

Dr Jessica Gildersleeve

Email: jessica.gildersleeve@usq.edu.au
Position: Senior Lecturer in English Literature
Affiliation: University of Southern Queensland
Current fields of interest:  women’s writing since the 19thC, literature and war, literature and ethics, literary modernism, postcolonial literatures
Current Projects: Agatha Christie and Modernity; Rosamond Lehmann and Trauma; Australian women writers post-war
Representative Publications:
1. Elizabeth Bowen and the Writing of Trauma: The Ethics of Survival (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2014)
2. ‘”We’re all strangers”: Post-War Anxiety in Agatha Christie’s The Mouse-trap’, Clues: A Journal of Detection 32.2 (2014): 115-24

 

Paul Giles

Email: paul.giles@sydney.edu.au
Affiliation: University of Sydney

 

Belinda Gleeson

Email: belinda.gleeson@gmail.com
Position: Postgraduate student
Affiliation: Western Sydney University
Current fields of interest: trauma, Jean Rhys, HD, Rebecca West, WWI
Link to personal webpage: http://www.bookarahma.com

 

James Gourley

Email: j.gourley@uws.edu.au
Affiliation : Writing and Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney

 

Jessica Gray

Email: jg508@kent.ac.uk
Position: PhD Student
Affiliation: University of Kent

 

Dr Liam Grealy

Email: liam.grealy@sydney.edu.au
Position: Lecturer
Affiliation: University of Sydney
Current fields of interest: supervision, media classification, preventive detention

 

Kristin Grogan

Email: kristin.grogan@ell.ox.ac.uk
Position: DPhil Candidate
Affiliation: University of Oxford
Current fields of interest: Marxism, poetry, poetics, labour, modernism

 

Dr Melissa Hardie

Email: melissa.hardie@sydney.edu.au
Position: Senior Lecturer
Affiliation: University of Sydney
Current fields of interest: modernism; feminism; queer theory; Djuna Barnes; cinema.
Current Projects: I am finishing a book on the closet and starting another on the novel from late modernism to early postmodernism. My closet book considers the life of the closet over the last two decades, with chapters on celebrity memoir, Lindsay Lohan, soap opera and procedural television, and queer cinema. ‘Novel Objects’ considers the novel as objects in a variety of mediated forms.
Representative Publications:
1. ‘Post-Structuralism: Originators and Heirs’, in Scott Herring, ed., The Cambridge Companion to American Gay and Lesbian Literature, Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015, pp 206-23.
2. ‘”That Many in My Mouth”: Editing, Masculinity and Modernism’, in Lusty and Murphet, ed., Modernism and Masculinity, Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2014, pp 38-52.
Link to personal webpage: https://sydney.academia.edu/MelissaJaneHardie

 

Dr Melinda Harvey

Email: melinda.harvey@monash.edu
Position: Lecturer in English
Affiliation: School of English, Communication and Performance Studies, Monash University
Current fields of interest: Women’s Modernism; Russia and Modernism; Modernist creative writers in the academy; Modernist literary journalism; the romantic comedy.
Current Projects: Katherine Mansfield and plagiarism; the ‘big’ Russian novel and contemporary American fiction.
Representative Publications:
1. ‘Katherine Mansfield’s Menagerie’, in Katherine Mansfield and Literary Modernism, Janet Wilson, Gerri Kimber and Sue Reid eds, London: Continuum, 2011, 202-210.
2. ‘”[I]n Australia you start zero”: the Escape from Place in J.M. Coetzee’s Late Novels’, in Chris Danta, Julian Murphet and Sue Kossew eds, Strong Opinions: J. M. Coetzee and the Authority of Contemporary Fiction, London: Continuum, 2011, 19-34.
Link to personal webpage: http://monash.academia.edu/MelindaHarvey

 

Matthew Hayward

Email: hayward_m@usp.ac.fj
Affiliation: University of the South Pacific, Fiji

 

Dr Michael Hooper

Email: m.hooper@unsw.edu.au
Affiliation: University of New South Wales
Current fields of interest: music, musicology, performance, Australian studies, nationalism
Current Projects: Australian Music and Modernism in the 1960s and 1970s
Representative Publications:
1. The Music of David Lumsdaine (Ashgate)

 

Alex Howard

Email: awjhoward@hotmail.com
Affiliation: University of New South Wales

 

Anna Hueppauff

Email: a.hueppauff@ecu.edu.au
Position: Lecturer/tutor
Affiliation: Edith Cowan University

 

Erica L. Johnson

Email: erica.johnson@wagner.edu
Position: Associate Professor of English
Affiliation : Wagner College
Current fields of interest: Affect theory; Transnational modernism; Shame; Caribbean literature; Spectrality
Current Project: I am currently co-editing a volume of essays entitled Mortified: Representing Women’s Shame with Patricia Moran. I am also beginning a new monograph project on affect and emotion in transnational modernist texts. By looking at several writers from the period who lived as expatriates, whether due to the global connections orchestrated by the British Empire, the push of Diaspora, or the pull of Paris, I focus on the affective dissonance of transnational modernism while exploring larger questions of modernism, intimacy, and emotion.
Representative Publications:
1. Caribbean Ghostwriting (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009.
2. Home, Maison, Casa: The Politics of Location in Works by Jean Rhys, Marguerite Duras, and Erminia Dell’Oro (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2003).
Link to personal website:
http://www.wagner.edu/departments/english/sites/wagner.edu.departments.english/files/erica%20johnson%20cv.pdf

 

Don Johnston

Email: xbalenque@hotmail.com
Affiliation: University of New South Wales

 

Dr Sigi Jottkandt

Email: s.jottkandt@unsw.edu.au
Position: Senior Lecturer
Affiliation: UNSW

 

Dr Peter Kirkpatrick

Email: peter.kirkpatrick@sydney.edu.au
Position: Senior Lecturer, Australian Literature, Department of English
Affiliation: University of Sydney
Current fields of interest: poetry; popular culture; vernacular modernism; everyday life; mass media.
Current Project: The Everyday Life of Poetry in Australia: a history of the public culture/s of poetry, taking in readership, education, performance (elocution), publishing and the mass media. I’m interested in the uses and transformations of poetry within popular culture over the last century. The project seeks to understand how poetry moved from the mainstream to the margins, and to explore modernity’s impact on the everyday life of literary forms.
Representative Publications:
1. “‘New words come tripping slowly’: poetry, popular culture and modernity 1890-1950”. The Cambridge History of Australian Literature. Ed. Peter Pierce. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009: 199-222.
2. “John Thompson, the Poet as Broadcaster”. JASAL 11.2 (2011): 1-13.

 

Alison Kearney

Email: alison.kearney@wits.ac.za
Position: Lecturer
Affiliation: Wits University
Current fields of interest: avant-garde, modernism in the global south, African art
Personal website: http://www.alisonkearney.co.za

 

Elizabeth King

Email: elizabeth.louise.king@gmail.com
Position: PhD Candidate
Affiliation: UNSW

 

Dr Christopher Kremmer

Email: c.kremmer@unsw.edu.au
Position: Senior Lecturer
Affiliation: UNSW
Current fields of interest: Literary Studies; Journalism; Novel; Bakhtin; Historical Fiction
Current Project: Women in Science and Sport in Australia
Representative Publications:
1. From dialectics to dialogue: Bakhtin, White and the ‘moorings’ of fiction and history
2. Doped: The Politics of Drug-Testing in Australian Horse Racing 1947-1955
Link to personal webpage: http://www.christopherkremmer.com

 

Dr David Larkin

Email: david.larkin@sydney.edu.au
Position: Senior Lecturer in Musicology
Affiliation: University of Sydney
Current fields of interest: Fin-de-siecle musical modernism; nineteenth-century ‘progressive’ artists
Current Project: I am currently embarked on a study of four 19C composers (Liszt, Wagner, Mahler and R. Strauss), exploring how these conceived their relationship with the audience. Although all four espoused a consciously ‘advanced’ harmonic/tonal vocabulary and formal freedom, there are telling differences in how they framed their expectations in terms of the reception of their music.

 

Carolyn Lau

Email: carolynlaw90@gmail.com
Position: PhD Candidate
Affiliation: The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 

Dr Timothy Laurie

Email: timothy.laurie@unimelb.edu.au
Position: Lecturer in Cultural Studies
Affiliation: University of Melbourne

 

Dr Annee Lawrence

Email: anneelawrence@gmail.com
Affiliation: Western Sydney University

 

Hyunjung Lee

Email: hlee@ntu.edu.sg
Affiliation: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

 

Dr Bronwen Levy

Email: b.levy@uq.edu.au
Position: Senior Lecturer
Affiliation: School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland
Current fields of interest: twentieth-century women’s writing; feminist theory; Australian writing
Current Project: Elizabeth Jolley, Virginia Woolf, and the feminist erotics of writing.

 

Larissa Limberis

Email: larissa.limberis@monash.edu
Position: Sessional Tutor
Affiliation: School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University
Current Project: PhD on post-WWII Jewish-American literature

 

Dr Maebh Long

Email: maebh.long@usp.ac.fi
Position: Lecturer in Literature
Affiliation: University of the South Pacific
Current fields of interest: Oceanic Modernism; Irish and British Modernism and contemporary literature; literary theory (esp Derrida)
Current Project: This project argues that much of Oceania’s literary output of the late twentieth century can be classified as a form of Modernism, one which stems from a singular experience of Modernity in relation to colonialism, plantations, settlers, forced labour, formal education, technology, urbanisation, and port cities. The modernist attributes we detect in the works of Albert Wendt or Subramani, Pio Manoa or Epeli Hau’ofa, Satendra Nandan or Vanessa Griffen derive from the material and temporal difference in their experience of modernity. These writers are transnational modernists, but not quite in the mould of their antecdents in Europe or North America.
Representative Publications:
1. Assembling Flann O’Brien (london: Bloomsbury, 2014)
2. ‘”The Powerful Marvel of Irony”: Derrida and the Structures of Irony,’ Parallax 20.1 (2014)

 

Morgan Long

Email: morgan.long@uon.edu.au
Affiliation: University of Newcastle
Current fields of interest: Modernism; comparative literature; Russian realism; the fantastic; Virginia Woolf
Current Project: Modernism and the Russian Fantastic: A Comparative Analysis

 

Michael Lynch

Email: mslynch70@hotmail.com
Position: Tutor
Affiliation: University of Western Sydney
Current fields of interest: Pinter, Foucault, Faulkner, Levi-Strauss, Discourse
Current Project: A comparison of Foucault and Levi-Strauss with the Plays of Harold Pinter
Representative Publications:
1. ‘The Question of Australian Postcolonial Identity and Michael Gow’s Career,’ AULLA and AUMLA 2007
2. ‘Epistemes: Pinter’s Positions of Subjectivity and a Case Study by Claude Levi-Strauss’. Pinter et Cetera. Ed. Craig N. Owens. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2009.

 

Bridie Macgillicuddy

Email: bridie.macgillicuddy@nma.gov.au
Position: Ag Exhibitions Officer
Affiliation: National Museum of Australia
Current fields of interest: Australian modernism; Women artists; printmaking; design

 

Assoc. Prof. Peter Marks

Email: peter.marks@sydney.edu.au
Affiliation: University of Sydney

 

James Marland

Email: james.marland@ac.edu.au
Position: Lecturer in Drama, Literature and Communication
Affiliation: Australian Catholic University
Current fields of interest: theatre studies; religiosity; sexuality

 

Sam Matthews

Email: smat5872@uni.sydney.edu.au
Position: Postgraduate student
Affiliation: University of Sydney
Current fields of interest: Australian Modernism; Christina Stead; transnationalism and comparative literature; French literature; realism and naturalism
Current Project: Modalities of Twentieth-Century Realism, with a Focus on Christina Stead, Jean-Paul Sartre and John Dos Passos

 

Meredith McCullough

Email: mmaj@student.unimelb.edu.au
Affiliation: University of Melbourne

 

Elizabeth McLean

Email: e.mclean@student.unimelb.edu.au
Position: University of Melbourne
Affiliation: PhD Candidate
Current fields of interest: narratology; aestheticism; decadence; domestic culture
Current Project: My thesis examines Henry James’s articulation of places as a method of both intratextual and intertextual relation. Drawing from Robert T. Tally Jr.’s notion of literary cartography, it aims to trace the individual narrative maps that James produces in seven novels, as well as to conceive of his cartography as a project spanning his career, and accordingly as a gauge for his authorial maturation. Inclusive of various modes of space and transatlantic in scope, this study is chiefly interested in how James’s own experiences of travel and movement influence his spatial compositions, and how his cartography develops over time, ultimately marking the shift from realism to modernism.

 

Professor Andrew McNamara

Email: a.mcnamara@qut.edu.au
Position: Art historian
Affiliation: QUT
Current fields of interest: modernism, contemporary art, spatial art, revisiting primitivism
Representative Publications:
1. Modern Times (with Philip Goad and Ann Stephen)
2. An Apprehensive Aesthetic
Link to personal webpage: https://qut.academia.edu/andrewmcnamara

 

Professor Philip Mead

Email: Philip.Mead@uwa.edu.au
Position: Professor of Australian Literature
Affiliation: School of Social and Cultural Studies, The University of Western Australia
Current fields of interest: Shakespeare Tercentenary; monumentalisation; commemoration; cultural memory; literary heritage.
Current Project: Shakespeare Memorialisation in Australia
Representative Publications:
1. Networked Language: Culture and History in Australian Poetry. Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2008.
Link to personal webpage: http://www.uwa.edu.au/person/philip.mead

 

Dr Naomi Milthorpe

Email: naomi.milthorpe@utas.edu.au
Affiliation: University of Tasmania
Current fields of interest: Evelyn Waugh; satire; late modernism; interwar literature
Current Project: Evelyn Waugh’s library; bad parties in interwar fiction.

 

Dr Peter Minter

Email: peter.minter@sydney.edu.au
Affiliation: University of Sydney

 

Crisia Miroiu

Email: crisia_miroiu@yahoo.com
Affiliation: University of Sydney

 

Sudesh Mishra

Email: sudesh.mishra@usp.ac.fj
Affiliation: University of the South Pacific, Fiji

 

Alys Moody

Email: alys.moody@gmail.com
Affiliation: University of Waikato

 

Sascha Morrell

Email: smorell@une.edu.au
Affiliation: University of New England

 

Anuparna Mukherjee

Email: mukherjeeanuparna@gmail.com
Affiliation: Australian National University

 

Professor Julian Murphet

Email: j.murphet@unsw.edu.au
Position: Professor in Modern Film and Literature
Affiliation: School of English, Media and Performing Arts, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales
Current fields of interest: Modernist Media Ecologies; William Faulkner; Characterology; Ethics of Cinema; Modernist Masculinities
Current Project: I am developing a new reading of William Faulkner’s work, based on its tacit participation in a network of new media, especially radio, cinema, photography, gramophony and journalism.
Representative Publications:
1. Literature and Race in Los Angeles (Cambridge UP, 2001)
2. Multimedia Modernism (Cambridge UP, 2009)
Link to personal website: http://empa.arts.unsw.edu.au/staff/julian-murphet-448.html

 

Professor Ira B. Nadel

Email: nadel@mail.ubc.ca
Position: Professor of English
Affiliation: University of British Columbia
Current fields of interest: biography; Modernism; V. Woolf; Joyce; David Foster Wallace
Current Project: Critical Life of Philip Roth
1. ‘The Fingerprint and the Photograph: The Fiction of Biographical Facts.’ Journal of English Language and Literature (Korea) 60.1 (2014): 59-76.
2. ‘Gertrude Stein, Picasso & Apollinaire.’ Cambridge History of Modernism. Ed. V. Sherry. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2015. Forthcoming.

 

Roger Nelson

Email: rogeredwardnelson@gmail.com
Position: PhD candidate
Affiliation: University of Melbourne
Current fields of interest: south-east Asia; multiple modernities; Cambodia; contemporaneity; Asian modern
Current Project: My thesis examines how discourses of the ‘modern’ and the ‘contemporary’ are enacted in ‘Cambodian Arts’. It argues that significant continuities can be discerned within and between these historical moments, and that a coevality of old and new forms is common to (and defining of) both. Cognisant of a tendency for scholarship on the modern and contemporary arts of Southeast Asia to be constructed around geographical comparisons, this thesis proposes an alternate methodology in its examination of the Cambodian case.
Representative Publications:
1. ‘Pathways in Performance (in and around Cambodia)?’ Stedelijk Studies 3 (2015)
2. ‘Performance is Contemporary: Performance and its Documentation in Visual Art in Cambodia’, Udaya, Journal of Khmer Studies 12 (2014), 95-143.

 

Zlatina Niklova

Email: zvwf082@live.rhul.ac.uk
Position: Postgraduate Researcher
Affiliation: Royal Holloway University of London
Current fields of interest: 1920s modernism, English literature, avant-garde art and film, the POOL Group
Current Project: My thesis maps out the connections between Bryher’s early prose, her film essays published in the journal Close Up and her interest in Soviet montage practices. I trace the stylistic evolution of Bryher’s writing to the impact of Imagism and H.D’s work, and her lifelong interest in film. My exploration of Bryher’s early artistic activities continues with her contribution to the film journal Close Up and her involvement with the POOL Group’s film productions. Similar to her prose, in her film essays Bryher reflects on notions such as women’s place in society and the restrictions posed on them, the education system and psychoanalysis.

 

Christopher Oakey

Email: c.oakey@unsw.edu.au
Position: Postgraduate Researcher
Affiliation: UNSW

 

Camilla Palmer

Email: camillapalmer@yahoo.fr
Position: Postgraduate Researcher
Affiliation: UNSW

 

Elise Payne

Email: emp836@uowmail.edu.au
Position: PhD student (English Literature)
Affiliation: University of Wollongong
Current fields of interest: crime fiction, British modernism, the short story, feminist theory, religion and morality
Current Project: PhD thesis on character roles and representations in Golden Age crime fiction.

 

Dr Deborah Pike

Email: deborah.pike@nd.edu.au
Position: Senior Lecturer in English Literature
Affiliation: University of Notre Dame

 

Nathanael Pree

Email: npre9625@uni.sydney.edu.au
Position: PhD Candidate
Affiliation: University of Sydney
Current fields of interest: Olson:Postmodern:Indigenous:Australian:Comparative
Current Project: My research is concerned with Charles Olson’s The Maximus Poems, taking a phenomenological approach to focus on his Projectivist, spatial and transnational poetics. It also explains the relevance of Olson’s muthopoetics to a contemporary context, including Indigenous Australia. It is set to conclude by affirming that Olson was successful in creating the outline of an “archaic postmodern” gestalt. The thesis incorporates theorists from Olson’s time and others that postdate him, whose work has yet to be fully investigated in relation to his poetry and poetics. The writing of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari is already well known, but its comprehensive application to an Olsonian context, while informative and relevant, has yet to be made. I feel this thesis is going some way towards filling this gap. Likewise, Olson’s poetry has yet to be examined through more recent frameworks focused on transnational sites of reading, such as articulated by Wai-chee Dimock and Jahan Ramazani, among others.
Representative Publications:
1. “Spatial Poetics and the Uses of Ekphrasis in Kim Scott’s ‘Into the Light’ and other Stories” in A Companion to the Works of Kim Scott, ed. Belinda Wheeler (Camden House/Boydell &Brewer, forthcoming)
2. “The Presence of Our Lady of the Good Voyage as Tutelary Spirit and Guardian of Place in the Gloucester of Charles Olson’s The Maximus Poems, ed. Elena Shabily (Universitas Press, forthcoming).

 

Dr Sean Pryor

Email: s.pryor@unsw.edu.au
Position: Lecturer in Poetry and Poetics
Affiliation: School of English, Media and Performing Arts, University of New South Wales
Current fields of interest: poetry; poetics; religion; Yeats; Eliot
Current Project: I am currently completing a book on the identification of poetry with paradise in the works of W. B. Yeats and Ezra Pound. More broadly I am interested in the adaptation and reinvention of religious modes of thinking and writing in secular, post-Romantic poetics.
Representative Publications:
1. W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound and the Poetry of Paradise, forthcoming from Ashgate (2010).
2. “‘Reported to me from Sydney, Australia’: Reading Eliot Down Under and in the Mother Country”, in The International Reception of T. S. Eliot, ed. Elisabeth Daumer and Shyamal Bagchee (London: Continuum, 2007), pp. 284-91.

 

Professor Jahan Ramazani

Email: rr5m@virginia.edu
Position: Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English
Affiliation: University of Virginia
Current fields of interest: poetry; modern; contemporary; transnational/global; postcolonial
Current Project: I am writing a book about English-language poetry in its global contexts. The book begins with the ‘cosmopolitan sympathies’ of poets of the first global war and extends to twenty-first century postcolonial poems that adapt modernist inheritances. It asks what light poetry in particular might shed on theories of global literary circulation anchored in ideas of diffusion, writing back to the center, indigenization, and singular modernity. It criticizes as insufficiently nuanced the paradigm of foreign forms being adapted to local content; it explores the fate of the local poem in a global age; and it investigates the overlap and competition between poetry and tourism.
1. Poetry and its Others: News, Prayer, Song, and the Dialogue of Genres
2. A Transnational Poetics
Link to personal website: http://www.engl.virginia.edu/people/rr5m

 

Sam Reese

Email: sree9393@uni.sydney.edu.au
Position: PhD Candidate
Affiliation: Department of English, University of Sydney
Current fields of interest: Surrealism; the short story; Peter Bowles; representations of violence
Current Project: Surrealism, Violence and the Short Fiction of Paul Bowles; more generally, Surrealism in literature, Surrealism in America

 

Dr Emily Ridge

Email: eamridge@ied.edu.hk
Position: Lecturer in English Literature
Affiliation: The Hong Kong Institute of Education
Current fields of interest: British and European Modernisms; material culture; mobilities and representations of movement/travel; metaphors for form and narrative; hospitality
Current Project: I am currently writing a book on modernism and portability, more specifically through an analysis of the material culture of movement and travel, as conceived in literature produced from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century. I have also recently initiated a new research project on the representation of hospitality in late modernist writing. This next project will consider the way in which troubled depictions of host-guest relations invoke and reflect upon acts of political diplomacy and the reception of refugees across the continent of Europe around the Second World War.
1. ‘The Problem of the Woman’s Bag from the New Woman to Modernism.’ Modernism/Modernity 21.3 (2014): 757-80.
2. ‘Elizabeth Bowen, Howards End and the Luggage of Modernity.’ Textual Practice 27.1 (2013): 109-26.
Link to personal website: https://oraas0.ied.edu.hk/rich/web/people_details.jsp?pid=167433

 

Dr Kevin Riordan

Email: kevinandrewriordan@gmail.com
Position: Assistant Professor
Affiliation: Nanyang Technological University
Current fields of interest: theatre and performance, comparative and world literatures, theory, early cinema, translation studies
Current Project: In ‘Around-the-World Modernism’, I read Modernist circumnavigations as a set of connected performances, as theatre, on the largest of stages. By assessing how artists such as Nellie Bly, Elizabeth Bisland, Jean Cocteau, and Orson Welles performed the world as they travelled around it, I show how the global imagination is not only formed from discrete sites but rather takes shape as it moves. By treating these journeys as a series of ‘site-specific’ global performances, I engage with both transnational modernism and performance studies to show how the modern world is experienced and produced as a new kind of theatrum mundi.
Representative Publications:
1. ‘Salesman in Abu Dhabi: The Geopathology of Objects’
2. ‘Italic Choreography in the Dance Plays of WB Yeats’

 

Dr Suzanne Robinson

Email: srobi@unimelb.edu.au
Affiliation: University of Melbourne

 

Dr Juliane Roemhild

Email: j.roemhild@latrobe.edu.au
Position: Lecturer, Future Ready
Affiliation: La Trobe University
Current fields of interest: women’s writing, middlebrow, Modernism, Elizabeth von Arnim, German literature
Representative Publications:
1. Femininity and Authorship in the Novels of Elizabeth von Arnim (Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2014)

 

Dr Toni Ross

Email: t.ross@unsw.edu.au
Position: Senior Lecturer
Affiliation: UNSW

 

Dr Helen Rydstrand

Email: h.rydstrand@unsw.edu.au
Position: Sessional academic
Affiliation: University of New South Wales
Current fields of interest: modernist short story; rhythm; mimesis; anthropology; early 20th-century visual culture.
Current project: Revising my recent doctoral thesis, ‘Rhythmic Modernism: the mimesis of life itself in the short fiction of D. H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf’, for publication as a monograph. Also currently developing a new project on intersections between modernist literary and visual culture and 20th-century anthropology in relation to the concept of mimesis.

 

Dr Niklas Salmose

Email: niklas.salmose@lnu.se
Position: Linnaeus University
Affiliation: Senior Lecturer

 

Dr Eric Sandberg

Email: esandberg@sky.miyazaki-mic.ac.jp
Position: Lecturer
Affiliation: Miyazaki International College
Current fields of interest: Virginia Woolf; neo-historical fiction; hardboiled; Nazi noir; characterisation
Current Project: A chapter on the representation of evil in American hardboiled from Hammett and Chandler to Ellroy; a book-length study of characterisation in Woolf; a book-length study of neo-historical representations of Nazi Germany.
Representative Publications:
1. “A Certain Phantasm: Virginia Woolf’s Early Journalism, Censorship, and The Angel in the House.” Virginia Woolf Miscellany 76 (Winter 2009).
2. “Virginia Woolf.” The Year’s Work in English Studies 90.1 (2011)

 

Dr Paul Sheehan

Email: paul.sheehan@mq.edu.au
Position: Associate Professor
Affiliation: Macquarie University

 

Barrie Sherwood

Email: bsherwood@ntu.edu.sg
Affiliation: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

 

Parisa Shiran

Email: pshiran@student.unimelb.edu.au
Position: PhD Candidate
Affiliation: University of Melbourne
Current fields of interest: comparative literature; gender, sexuality and culture; feminist theory; women’s writing; literature and philosophy
Current Project: The key research question for my thesis is to ask if there is a philosophical account of women’s literature as a literature marked by femininity. If it is indeed possible to produce such an account, then how does that co-exist with prevalent poststructuralist notions of authorship, text, and writing. The French philosopher Maurice Blanchot, who extended his area of theorisation to literature’s ontological structure, is important for teasing out these issues. I apply his philosophy of literature to the creative works of Djuna Barnes, Angela Carter, Helene Cixous, and the Persian woman writer, Shahrnush Parsipur. My study will show that Blanchot’s theorisation of literature – as seen especially in his writings on the other night, friendship, history, death and its impossibility – provides a necessary, but in the end insufficient, theory of women’s literature.

 

Dr Lorraine Sim

Email: lorraine.sim@westernsydney.edu.au
Position: Senior Lecturer in Modern English Literature
Affiliation: Western Sydney University
Current fields of interest: British and expatriate modernist women writers (e.g. Woolf, Richardson, Rhys, H.D.); theories of modernity; theories of the ordinary/everyday; modernist photography; women’s studies; modernist ethics.
Representative Publications:
1. Sim, Lorraine. Ordinary Matters: Modernist Women’s Literature and Photography. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

2. Sim, Lorraine. Virginia Woolf: the Patterns of Ordinary Experience. Surrey, U.K: Ashgate, 2010.

Alexandra Smith

Email: asmi1958@uni.sydney.edu.au
Position: PhD Candidate
Affiliation: Department of English, University of Sydney
Current fields of interest: the flaneur and the urban wanderer ; Surrealism; photography; solitude; the city in art and literature
Current Project: Ideas Of Solitude, The Urban Wanderer, And Surrealism In Teju Cole’s “Open City”.

 

Patricia Juliana Smith

Email: patriciajulianasmith@mac.com
Position: Associate Professor of English
Affiliation: Hofstra University
Current fields of interest: the afterlife of modernism (1940s-1960s); gender and sexuality; Virginia Woolf; Elizabeth Bowen; Modernist aesthetics
Current Project: Britannia Waives the Rules: The Permissive Society in 1960s British Literature, Cinema, and Popular Culture. This study examines how the “Permissive Society” legislations (liberalising/decriminalising various aspects of private sexual behaviours) enacted in Britain during the 1960s are reflected in the cultural production of the decade. Examining works and figures as diverse as the Beatles and Elizabeth Bowen’s last novels, I posit the “swinging” sixties as the logical fulfillment of the ideals of the Bloomsbury Set and as the historical conclusion of Modernism.
Representative Publications:
1. Lesbian Panic: Homoeroticism in Modern British Women’s Fictions (Columbia University Press)
2. Editor, The Queer Sixties (Routledge)

 

Dr Russell Smith

Email: russell.smith@anu.edu.au
Position: Lecturer in Literary Studies
Affiliation: Australian National University
Current fields of interest: Samuel Beckett; Theories of Affect; Representations of mental and emotional; History of philosophical accounts of emotionality; Early twentieth century psychology and neurology
Current Project: Beckett’s Sensibility: A study of the representation of emotion in Samuel Beckett’s post-war writing, with reference both to Beckett’s reading in psychology and neurology and the history of philosophical accounts of emotionality.
Representative Publications:
1. ‘Childhood and Portora’. In Beckett in Context, ed. Anthony Uhlmann. Cambridge: CUP, forthcoming.
2. Beckett and Ethics. London: Continuum, 2009.

 

Dr Verita Sriratana

Email: verita.s@chula.ac.th
Affiliation: Chulalongkorn University
Current fields of interest: Czech and Slovak literature in English (translation); Central Europe; Virginia Woolf; Franz Kafka; Milan Kundera
Current Project: Commodification and museumisation of the histories of terror and nationalist valour in central/eastern Europe.
Representative Publications:
1. ‘”It was an uncertain spring”: Reading the Weather in The Years
2. ‘Particular Modernity/Modernism: Locating Modernist Moments in Czech and Slovak Literature’

 

Dr Heidi Stalla

Email: hstalla@mac.com
Position: Assistant Professor of Humanities
Affiliation: Yale-NUS
Current fields of interest: modernism; Virginia Woolf; transnational modernisms

 

Dr Ann Stephen

Email: ann.stephen@sydney.edu.au
Position: Senior Curator
Affiliation: University of Sydney
Current fields of interest: Primitivism; Bauhaus; Conceptual art.
Current Project: Over more than a century primitivism has reinvigorated the modernist strategy reviving the idea of art as a magical quest that escapes one’s own culture’s limitations. However, it is difficult to talk of primitivism today because its strivings are no longer inspired by projections of timelessness, immediacy and an uncontaminated, holistic social-aesthetic vision. Instead, artists on the cultural periphery who resort to a primitive stance to de-ossify academic traditions have initiated strategies of cultural displacements. Now the redrafting of the entire cultural map proposes a proliferation of localities, marginal and peripheral, that have become the pivotal focus of a global art history.
Representative Publications:
1. On Looking at Looking: The art & Politics of Ian Burn, 2006, MUP

 

Mark Steven

Email: mr.m.steven@gmail.com
Affiliation: University of New South Wales

 

Dr Emmett Stinson

Email: emmett.stinson@newcastle.edu.au
Position: Lecturer in English
Affiliation: University of Newcastle
Current fields of interest: late Modernism; satire; authorship; kunstlerroman; aesthetic autonomy
Current Project: I am currently researching late Modernist Kunstlerromans that present a sceptical or negative view of the figure of the artist. I am interested in how late Modernist artist-novels both extend and revise the Romantic and Modernist versions of this genre.
Representative Publications:
1. ‘The Vortex as Ontology in The Apes of God: Self-Reflexive Satire and Apophaticism.’ The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies 3 (2012): 123-42
2. ‘The Work of Art as Paradigm: Giorgio Agamben and the Relationship Between Knowledge and the Creative Arts.’ New Scholar 2 (2013): 1-12.
Link to personal webpage: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/emmett-stinson

 

Tyne Sumner

Email: tsumner@student.unimelb.edu.au
Position: PhD Candidate
Affiliation: University of Melbourne
Current fields of interest: poetics, surveillance, modernism, 20thC American Culture
Current Project: Lyric Eye: The Poetics of Twentieth-Century Surveillance presents the first detailed study of the interconnectedness of lyric poetry and twentieth-century surveillance practices. It discusses the work of over twenty American poets who responded directly to the knowledge that they had been closely surveiled by the United States government in the period spanning roughly 1920-1960. Combining close textual analysis and archival study with cross-disciplinary insights, Lyric Eye shows that even some of the more well known American poets at times produced poetry that rebelled against this surveillance, thereby entering into a self-reflexive engagement with the role of poetry as a political art. By analyzing twentieth-century American poetry and its influential theories of the self across a forty-year period, Lyric Eye also establishes a new mode of interdisciplinary research under the title of ‘surveillance poetics’ — a technical and aesthetic analysis that exposes the way in which poetry and surveillance share a complex system of information gathering, observation, overhearing, imitation, abstraction, repurposing of language, keywords, subversion, fragmentation, and symbolism. One of the central arguments of this dissertation is that impositions upon individual autonomy by an American surveillance state are most incisively explored in lyric poetry of the period because of the form’s ability to negotiate between the public and private sphere; to be both aesthetic and political at once. Key poets include Claude McKay, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Ezra Pound, W.H. Auden, William Carlos Williams, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, and Robert Lowell.
1. Anne Sexton, Singer: ‘Her Kind’ and the Musical Impetus in Lyric Confessional Poetry
2. Wild Spiders Crying Together: Confessional Poetry, Censorship and the Cold War
Link to personal webpage: http://www.tynedaile.com

 

Rodney Taveira

Email: rodney.taveira@sydney.edu.au
Affiliation: United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney

 

Professor Sue Thomas

Email: s.thomas@latrobe.edu.au
Affiliation: La Trobe University

 

Michael Titlestad

Email: michael.titlestad@wits.ac.za
Affiliation: University of the Witswatersrand, Johannesburg

 

Jason Tuckwell

Email: j.tuckwell@uws.edu.au
Position: Casual Academic
Affiliation: Western Sydney University

 

Ilona Urquhart

Email: ilona.urquhart@deakin.edu.au
Position: PhD Candidate
Affiliation: Deakin University
Current fields of interest: myth in Modernism; the supernatural in Modernism; writing on writing; self-reflexivity; literature’s place in society.
Current Project: I am currently working on my PhD thesis, which analyses key Modernist works in which representations of the devil appear alongside an exploration of the concern that literature may be dangerous. My study of ‘diabolical literature’ will look at the way in which Modernism responded to secularism, the question of literature’s ethics and its apparent status as ‘autonomous.’

 

Caitlin Vandertop

Email: caitlinvandertop@gmail.com
Affiliation: University of Hong Kong

 

Thomas Vranken

Email: t.vranken@student.unimelb.edu.au
Position: PhD Student
Affiliation: University of Melbourne

 

Peter Walsh

Email: peterwalsh@live.com.au
Position: MA candidate
Affiliation: University of Southern Queensland
Current fields of interest: possible worlds theory in realism; queer literature; psychoanalytic criticism; globalisation theories; migrant literature; identity politics.
Current Project: My Masters thesis will focus on how possible worlds theory can be applied to realist fiction in migrant and women’s writing.

 

Associate Professor Caroline Webb

Email: caroline.webb@newcastle.edu.au
Position: Head, English and Writing
Affiliation: University of Newcastle
Current fields of interest: British fantasy literature; Virginia Woolf; Orlando; Hope Mirrlees; Lud-in-the-Mist
Current Project: Responding to Modernity: British Fantasy 1919-28. Examining works by both celebrated and more obscure writers of fantasy, including E.R. Eddison, Hope Mirrlees, Lord Dunsany, Ronald Fraser, Stella Benson, Virginia Woolf.
Representative Publications:
1. Fantasy and the Real World in British Children’s Literature: The Power of Story. New York and London: Routledge, 2015
2. “All was dark; all was doubt; all was confusion”: Nature, Culture, and Orlando’s Ruskinian Storm-Cloud
Link to personal webpage: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/caroline-webb

 

Bradley Wells

Email: bradley.wells@sydney.edu.au
Position: PhD Candidate; Hunter-Baillie Fellow
Affiliation: University of Sydney
Current fields of interest: Charles Williams; Theology; Performance Studies; Poetry
Current Project: The Performance Theology of the Collected Verse Plays of Charles Williams
Representative Publications:
1 . Wells, Bradley. ‘London – City of Redemption: Charles Williams’s Vision of The City’ Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht. Kinzel, U (ed.) Special Issue (London: Urban space as cultural experience). Summer 2011
2. Wells, Bradley. ‘Eucatastrophe and Co-inherence in the Utopian Vision of Charles Williams,’ Colloquy Issue 21, Oct 2011.

 

Isabelle Wentworth

Email: z5043605@unsw.edu.au
Position: PhD Candidate
Affiliation: UNSW

 

Kim White

Email: kimwhite48@gmail.com
Position: PhD Candidate
Affiliation: UNSW
Current fields of interest: Afro-American Literature; Twentieth Century American Literature; Political Theology; Critical Theory; Nineteenth Century American Literature
Current Project: My thesis examines the manner in which figurations of the sacred operate in the American literatures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to by turns obfuscate or illuminate, pardon or condemn, and legitimise or militate against, the contemporary consequences of the foundation of the US polity on the states of exception of Afro-American slavery and Amerindian genocide. Writers considered include Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, Herman Melville, Jean Toomer, Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy, and Thomas Pynchon.

 

Christopher Williams

Email: christopher.williams@christopherwilliams.com.au
Position: PhD Student
Affiliation: UTS

 

Xiaoling Yao

Email: yaox0007@e.ntu.edu.sg
Position: PhD Candidate
Affiliation: Nanyang Technological University
Current fields of interest: Modernism; Memory; 20th Century Literature; Joseph Conrad; Narrative
Current Project: My dissertation will offer a critical analysis of Conrad’s memory narratives in his middle career-stage works, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Youth and Chance. Instead of delving into the ontological essence of memory as a scientific object, this dissertation explores the following questions: how does memory connect itself with its opposite, forgetting, and how are the boundaries between the two transgressed; how does memory work in people’s minds, such as remembering external reality and retrieving the past; how can storytelling modulate the process of memory; what is the interrelationship between collected personal memory and collective public memory. Ultimately, this dissertation will investigate memory in relation to subjectivity rather than regard it as an archive of past that mechanically stores facts and information.