Sydney English Research Seminars

Semester Two 2014

Join the staff and colleagues of the English Department for vibrant discussion on a variety of topics.

Wednesdays, 3-4.30pm Rogers Room,N397 Woolley Building unless otherwise advised

July 30
Bridget Escolme
‘Laughter, Cruelty and Emotional Excess in Early Modern Drama and its Contemporary Revisions’

August 13
Andrew Carruthers
‘Notational Poetics: a Social Philology’

August 27
Nigel Smith
‘The European Marvell’

September 10
Brian Reed
‘Conceptual Writing: Poetry as Information Art’

September 24, 12:00 - 1:30pm
Graham Holderness, Professor of English, University of Hertfordshire
‘Rudely Interrupted’: the bombing of Twelfth Night'

September 30 (Tuesday)
Garrett Sullivan
‘Living and Dying in Dr Faustus’

October 15
Melissa Hardie
‘Database Animals vs Library Trolls: Kenneth Halliwell and Joe Orton’s Prosecution for Malicious Damage of Library Books’

Semester One 2014

Join the staff and colleagues of the English Department for vibrant discussion on a variety of topics.

Wednesday 3pm - 4.30pm in the Rogers Room, N397 John Woolley Building unless otherwise advised.

19 March
Brigid Rooney
Christina Stead’s “Kelly File”: Politics, Possession and the Writing of Cotters’ England

2 April
Joseph Slaughter
To Live as a Photograph

11 April (Friday)
Ankhi Mukherjee
No Safe Distance: Embodied Narratives of the Urban Poor

7 May
Kate Lilley
Katherine Philips and the Poetics of Association

21 May
Mark Byron
Hibernian Hilaritas: Pound’s Eriugenian Deployments

4 June
Sam Dickson
The Late, Late, Late Show: Thomas Pynchon's California Fiction

Semester Two 2013

Join the staff and colleagues of the English Department for vibrant discussion on a variety of topics.

Wednesday 3pm - 5pm in the Rogers Room, N397 John Woolley Building unless otherwise advised.

30 July (Tuesday, Woolley Common Room)
Alan Liu
Mickey Mouse Creativity: New Media Arts after the Ideology of Creativity

7 August
Vijay Mishra
Archive Fever: The Salman Rushdie Papers

14 August
Peter De Bolla
From the Analogue to the Digital: A New History of Concepts

21 August
Stefan Solomon
William Faulkner: Screenwriting, Form, and Late Style

28 August
David Worrall
Eighteenth Century Theatre and Social Assemblage Theory

4 September
Stephen Orgel
Real Places in Imaginary Spaces

11 September
Susan Harris
Mark Twain and the Philippine-American War: "Hogwash" and "Pious Hypocrisy"

18 September
Meaghan Morris
Legacy Ladies: Colonialism as Consumerism in the Work of Ernestine Hill

9 October
Annamarie Jagose
The Trouble with Anti-Normativity

16 October
Bob Hodge
Myth Analysis and Social Intervention: Disaster Myths from Noah to the Life of Pi

23 October
Chris Hilliard
Hate Speech and the Things Words Do: Britain, 1936-1965

30 October
Vanessa Smith
Toy Stories

Semester One 2013

Join the staff and colleagues of the English Department for vibrant discussion on a variety of topics.

Wednesday 3pm - 4:30pm in the Rogers Room, N397 John Woolley Building.

13 March
John Frow (Sydney)
Character and Person: Hamlet

10 April
Deirdre Osborne (Goldsmith's, London) (with Lit & Transnationalism)
'"Skin Deep", a Self-Revealing Act: Monologue, Monodrama, and Mixedness'

17 April [Please note: this seminar to begin at 2pm]
Paul Eggert (ADFA)
'The Long 1890s, Lawson and Postwar English Studies'

24 April
Gillian Dooley (Flinders) (with Lit & Transnationalism)
'"A Dozy City": Adelaide in J.M. Coetzee's Slow Man and Amy T. Matthews' End of the Night Girl'

8 May
Peter Rose (Australian Book Review)
On the ethics, aesthetics and efficacy of diary writing

22 May
Alex Jones
'Accentual Metre in Old and Middle English'


ALL WELCOME! Enquiries: william.christie@sydney.edu.au

Semester Two 2012

Join the staff and colleagues of the English Department for vibrant discussion on a variety of topics.

Wednesday 2pm - 3:30pm in the Rogers Room, N397 John Woolley Building.

1 August
Dr Aaron Nyerges (Sydney)
Cather's Hieroglyphs

15 August
Professor Will Christie (Sydney)
Res Theatralis Histrionica: Acting Coleridge in the Lecture Theatre

29 August
Dr Sigi Jottkandt (UNSW)
Nabokov's Cin-Aesthesia: 'A Guide to Berlin'

12 September
Professor Graham Huggan (Liverpool) [Title TBC]

3 October
A/Professor Lee Wallace (Sydney)
Queer Home Life

17 October
Dr Mark Byron (Sydney)
Sagacious Torrents in Samuel Beckett and Thomas Bernhard

31 October
Dr Liz Pender (Sydney)
The Task of Reading: Counterformalist Tendencies in the Modernist Novel

14 November
Dr Nick Riemer (Sydney)
Language construction and the 'artefactualist' conception of grammar in the Renaissance

28 November
Dr Mridula Chakraborti (UWS)
Entering the World in Literature: the Case of the Lonely Wife in Tagore's Nastanirh

ALL WELCOME! Enquiries: kate.lilley@sydney.edu.au

Semester One 2012 Seminars

7 March Professor Paul Giles
Antipodean American Modernisms: Federation's 'Weird Country'

21 March Dr Matt Helmers
Homosexual Panic: Fact, Fiction and the Deadly Difference Between Them

4 April Professor Rachel Blau DuPlessis (Temple)
Reflections on the Long Poem: Autobiography of a Practice

18 April Dr Sascha Morrell
Gentleman-Making

2 May Dr Nicola Parsons
Jane Barker's Patchwork Poetics

16 May Professor Fred Hobson (UNC Chapel Hill)
The White (US) Southern Racial Conversion Narrative

30 May Dr Carrie Hyde
Citizenship in Heaven: The Politics of Post-Civic Expectation

Past Seminars: 2011

9 March Sarah Gleeson-White
The Publication Process: A Glimpse at Peer Review

23 March Fiona Morrison
‘Foxy Lady’: Radical Chic and Rhetorical Markets in Christina Stead’s Letty Fox

6 April John Frow, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne
Afterlife: Texts as Usage

20 April Georgiana Banita, US Studies Centre, University of Sydney
Petrofiction

4 May Peter Gibbard
‘Words that say more than they say’: Style and Politics in Elizabethan Drama

18 May Huw Griffiths
Prosthetic Sovereignty: Body Parts in Shakespeare’s History Plays

Past Seminars: 2010

Friday 3-5pm, Rogers Room (N397)
John Woolley Building, University of Sydney


March 12 Stephen Knight
Merlin and the Environment

March 26 Tony Voss
Refracted Modernisms: Roy Campbell (1901-1957), H. I. E. Dhlomo
(1903-1956) and N. P. van Wyk Louw (1906-1970)


April 9 AVCC Week - NO SEMINAR

April 16 Susan Lever
Australian Television Drama

April 30 Noel Polk
William Faulkner

May 14 Richard White
The Cooee’s Career in English Literature

May 28 Edel Lamb
‘Children read for their Pleasantness’: Schoolboys as Readers in Early
Modern England


July 2 Emeritus Professor Christie Davies
How and why joke cycles change as they move between countries, including Australia

Please note: the following seminar will be on a Tuesday
July 6 Professor Patricia Yaeger
Glamourous Debris: Women Trashing Infrastructure


30 July Rita Copeland, University of Pennsylvania
Insinuating Authors

13 August Judy Barbour
“Brightness fell from her hair”: Shirley Hazzard's Literary Subterfuges

27 August Kate Lilley
The Case of the German Princess: Mary Carleton’s Career in Print

10 September Melissa Hardie
The Night, The Prowler: A Queer Archive

24 September Paul Giles
Transpacific Republicanism: American Transcendentalism, John Dunmore Lang, and the Gold-Rush Circuit

8 October Brigid Rooney
Future Anteriors: Temporalities of Belonging in Australian Fiction

22 October Fiona Morrison
‘Foxy Lady’: Radical Chic and Rhetorical Markets in Christina Stead’s Letty Fox