Master of Arts (Research)
Spiritual notions in Garth Nix’s ‘Old Kingdom’ trilogy - Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen
I have chosen to study Garth Nix’s ‘Old Kingdom’ trilogy, comprising Sabriel (1995), Lirael (2001), and Abhorsen (2003), to focus on the texts’ spiritual notions, defined as the inner paths that deal with individual and social values and which refer to natural, cosmic and divine sources of power. The nature, function and value of the settings and characters will be examined. Magic’s role as a construction of meaning, the various root sources that Nix draws upon and that are embedded in the text, and the influence that the language has on the textual meaning will also be discussed.
I am currently teaching and coordinating a level 100 unit at Sydney Institute of Business and Technology, which provides pathway courses for international students entering Macquarie University.
2005. ‘The proposal of a Stage One reading-groups timetable that integrates major comprehension components’, Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 28.2, 138-49.
Doctor of Philosophy
The Depiction of Landscape in Old English Literature
My research focuses on how the environment is perceived and represented in Old English texts and on the effect of genre and context the depiction of places and the function of landscape within texts. I use archaeological evidence as well as legal and geographical representations of places to illuminate cultural influences behind artistic representations, concentrating on Anglo-Saxon perceptions of ruins, islands and wastelands. I also consider the relationship between the Anglo-Saxon church and the representation of the landscape in religious poetry and hagiography, particularly in texts about St Cuthbert and St Guthlac, the poem Andreas, and homilies for Rogation.
Various classes in Old English at senior and honours level and co-ordinator of ENGL 2657 Myths, Legends and Heroes in 2011
2011. ‘Blossoms from Blood: Enriching the Land in Andreas’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds
2011. ‘The View from the End of the World; Geographical Representation in Later Anglo-Saxon England’, ‘Outlaw/ed Space: Constructing and Reconstructing the Medieval’, University of Hull, Beverley
2011. ‘Landscapes of Mourning: Space and Emotion in the Old English Elegies’, Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern World, University of Western Australia, Perth
2011. ‘Blossoms from Blood: Enriching the land in Andreas’, ANZAMEMS Biennial Conference, University of Otago, Dunedin
2010. ‘Schadenfreude and Amusingly Shaped Vegetables – Ambiguous Humour in Old English Poetry’, ‘The Lighter Side of the Middle Ages’, Australian National University, Canberra
2010. ‘Beowulf’s Geographic Modes’, International Medieval Congress, Leeds
Refereed journal articles (published/accepted)
‘The Alpha and Omega of Brennan’s The Wanderer,’ Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature (JASAL) 11:2 (Feb. 2012)
‘F. C. S. Schiller and Brennan’s The Burden of Tyre,’ Southerly 71:3 (May 2012)
‘A Greek lyric metre as vector of the self in the poetry of Arthur Symons and Christopher Brennan,’ Victoriographies 1.4 (Nov. 2012)
‘The erotic secret heart of Brennan’s Poems 1913,’ Sydney Studies in English, Vol. 38 (2012)
‘Resurrection and apotheosis: The Greek basis of Brennan’s “1908”,’ AUMLA, 117 (2012) or 118 (2013)
‘Brennan’s “In piam memoriam”: A translation,’ The AALITRA Review, Number 5 (Nov. 2012)
Refereed journal articles (under review)
‘”What gems chill glitter yon”: An epitome of Brennan’s Poems 1913,’ Antipodes
‘Aeschylus and astronomy,’ 4th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Literature, 5-6 July 2010, Sydney, Australia
Conference papers (cont.)
‘William Blake and Christopher Brennan: the revolt against Classical and Newtonian constriction,’ Conference of the Romantic Studies Association of Australia, 10-12 February 2011, University of Sydney
‘Mallarmé and his translators: the contribution of Christopher Brennan,’ Literature + Translation: An international conference at Monash University (Caulfield Campus), 11-12 July 2011
Anne Pender and Susan Lever, Nick Enright: An Actor’s Playwright (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2008), Australian Humanities Review Nov. 2010 [Online]
Jeffrey Richards, The Ancient World on the Victorian and Edwardian Stage (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Victoriographies 1.1 (May 2011)
Laura Quinney, William Blake on Self and Soul (Harvard University Press, 2010), Victoriographies 1.2 (Nov. 2011)
John Holmes, Darwin’s Bards (Edinburgh University Press, 2009), Victoriographies 1.4 (Mar. 2013)
Michael Sharkey, Apollo in George Street: The Life of David McKee Wright (Sydney: Puncher & Wattman, 2013), JASAL 12:2 (Feb 2013)
Doctor of Philosophy
A critical biography of Howard Vernon (1848-1921) and his contribution to Gilbert and Sullivan opera in Australasia
Howard Vernon was central to the production of Gilbert and Sullivan operas in Australia, and created many of the roles, of either the comedian or what is termed the ‘heavy baritone’, as the repertoire was first presented by J.C. Williamson and his organisations over the latter part of the 19th and the first decade of the 20th century.
He travelled in Asia, England and California as well as throughout Australasia and was significant in the development of music theatre in Australasia and part of its transnationalism of theatre throughout his professional career, which dated from the late 1860s until shortly before his death in 1921.
Doctor of Philosophy
The Situationist Alan Ball
My work aims to use the vast, elaborate and multifaceted theoretical and practical framework provided by the Situationist International to structure a holistic reading of the acclaimed stage and screen oeuvre of Alan Ball. My thesis accounts for the aesthetics, satirical techniques, thematic fascinations and social outlook evident throughout this diverse body of work. While a relatively substantial body of criticism exists around Alan Ball, all of it thus far examines individual works, as well as individual themes or techniques, in isolation. Mine is the first critical work to attempt a more unifying, suturing process with this body of work.
2008. ENGL 1025 Fiction, Film and Power
2009. ENGL 2660 Reading the Nation: American Literature 1930s-1970s
2011. ‘City Symphonies of Silence and Sound: Man With a Movie Camera and The Naked City’, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association/Southwest & Texas Popular Culture Association
2011. ‘Roundtable on Berlin: Symphony of a Great City’, PCA/ACA/SWTXPCA
2010. ‘Spectacle of the Dead: Situationist Vampires in True Blood’, Northeast Modern Languages Association and Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
2010. ‘The Story of our Land: Wandering Voices in The New World’, College English Association
2010. ‘Corporeal Hauntings in Porter and Tsiolkas’, American Association of Australiasian Literature Studies
2009. ‘Narrative Vistas: Subversive Voice-over in Terrence Malick", Philament 14: 56-90.
Acceptance Theatre: The Staging of a Gay and Lesbian Religious Sensibility
Historically, theological heterosexism has been fundamental in establishing the religious segregation of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community. Despite adamant rejection from most mainstream religious institutions there has been a notable increase in gay and lesbian religious groups. One factor instrumental in bringing about this growth has been the critical authority of queer theology and its exegetical support for the religious legitimacy of gay men and women. The growth of a positive gay religious sensibility can be mapped through literature and theatre, where certain authors and playwrights have been vocal in endorsing the religious acceptance of the LGBT community. James’s research focused on five American post-1980 plays for their radical endorsement of a gay religious sensibility. These theatrical texts not only disrupt religious conservatism but also facilitate a greater inclusion of LGBT individuals in the practice of mainstream religions, especially those stemming from the Judeo-Christian tradition.
James has a full-time lectureship in Literature/Drama/Communication at the Australian Catholic University, Strathfield campus. He is currently (August, 2011) directing a performance of Neil Labute’s The Shape of Things to be staged for schools and the general public in October at the theatre on the Strathfield campus.
Dr Will Noonan
Thesis on “Humour and reflexivity in French and English: From the history of laughter to metafictional histories”, awarded February 2011.
Invited contributions for the Sage Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, Salvatore Attardo, ed. (London, Sage Publications, forthcoming 2013). Contributions include (c. 12000 words total): “Absurdist Humour”; “Inversion and Topsy-Turvydom”; “History of Humour, Early Modern Europe” (co-authored with Prof. Robert Phiddian); “Humour in Literature” and “Science, Science-Fiction and Humour.”
“Shandyism and ‘Pataphysics: Sternean influence in Alfred Jarry’s Gestes et opinions du Docteur Faustroll,” invited contribution for Klaus Vieweg, James Vigus and Kathleen Wheeler, eds., Shandean Humour in English and German Literature and Philosophy (Oxford: Legenda, forthcoming 2012).
“Self-translation, self-reflection, self-derision: Samuel Beckett’s bilingual humour,” in Anthony Cordingley, ed., Self-Translation: Brokering Originality in Hybrid Culture (London: Continuum, forthcoming 2012).
“L’humour, cheval de Troie victime de son propre succès ?”, Humoresques 35, special issue on “Humour, état des lieux” (2012).
“Reflecting back, or What can the French tell the English about humour?” Sydney Studies in English 37 (2011).
“Je ne peux pas continuer, je vais continuer… : le bilinguisme de Beckett et la définition de l’humour,” Humoresques 34 (Autumn 2011).
“Humour and the Metafiction of History: Uneasy Laughter in Tristram Shandy and Jacques the Fatalist,” in Paul Sheehan and Helen Groth, eds., Remaking Literary History (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010).
Edited volume (with Caroline Hamilton, Michelle Kelly and Elaine Minor): The Politics and Aesthetics of Refusal (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007).
Recent Conference Papers:
“The ‘Danish cartoons’ controversy in French and English: transnational and transdisciplinary perspectives.” Utrecht University, Netherlands, conference on “Satire across borders,” 17th-18th January 2013.
“Imperturbable taboos.” University of Bologna-Forlì, The Taboo Conference 2012, 25th-27th October 2012.
“Nth-degree humour: The curious case of Dr. Faustroll, b. and d. 1898.” International Society for Humour Studies conference, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, 25th-29th June 2012.
“‘Aux antipodes de l’humour’: ludic movements in French literary culture and their possible equivalents in English.” Australasian Humour Studies Network conference, Australian National University, 3rd-4th February 2012.
“De l’enseignement au second degré, ou doit-on prendre l’humour au sérieux ?” Université de Versailles-St Quentin en Yvelines, CORHUM conference on “Humour et enseignement,” 12th-14th October 2011.
“‘L’humour anglais’ and the tradition of the self-conscious novel.” Boston University, International Society for Humour Studies conference, 5th-9th July 2011.
Member of EA 4182 Centre Interlangues : Texte Image Langage research group at the Université de Bourgogne since September 2012.
Active member of the Australasian Humour Studies Network; member of the Network’s academic review panel since 2010.
Active member of the International Society for Humour Studies; editorial assistant for the Society’s publication Humor: International Journal of Humor Research published by Mouton de Gruyter.
Active member of Francophone humour research group CORHUM.
2012- Lecturer in English and translation studies, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France.
2009-12 Contract lecturer in English, Université de Paris 3 - Sorbonne Nouvelle, France.
2006-09 Tutor for various undergraduate and Masters courses in English languages and literature and translation studies, Department of English, University of Sydney.
Doctor of Arts
'Write your-self. Your body must be heard’: the therapeutic benefits of narrating a cancer experience
My thesis explores the role of autobiographical writing as a means of therapeutic intervention for established authors who are dealing with the impact of a cancer diagnosis. Narrating the trauma of illness is a performative act that can produce a range of healing effects.
Australian Learning and Teaching Council Award, 2011 ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning: Carolyn Rickett, Avondale College of Higher Education, New South Wales. For inspiring and innovative teaching methods that enable Communication students to develop confidence and participate in authentic learning experiences. See website for full citation: http://www.altc.edu.au/award-outstanding-contributions-recipient-2011-ms-carolyn-rickett
2011. Beveridge, Judy and Carolyn Rickett. “Poetry and Healing: The New Leaves Project,” Narrative and Healing Symposium, University of Sydney.
Refereed Conference Abstract:
2011. Rickett, Carolyn. ‘“My Body/my calamity. My body/my dignity”: The role of autobiographical writing as a therapeutic and ethical strategy for dealing with a cancer diagnosis.’ Ethical Imaginations: Writing Worlds, 16th conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, Byron Bay. See program: http://www.scu.edu.au/schools/sass/writingworldsAAWP2011/program.html
2010. Beveridge, Judy, and Carolyn Rickett, eds. Wording the World. Sydney: Puncher and Wattmann,.
2010. Joseph, Sue and Carolyn Rickett. ‘The writing cure?: ethical considerations in managing creative practice life-writing projects.’ In The Strange Bedfellows or Perfect Partners Papers: the refereed proceedings of the 15th conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs.
2011. Rickett, Carolyn, Jill Gordon and Cedric Grieve. ‘Something to hang my life on: the health benefits of writing poetry for people with serious illnesses, ’ Australasian Psychiatry 19.4: 265-268.
Doctor of Philosophy
Theodicy and ‘the Problem of Evil’ in the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Three of his Contemporaries
This thesis explores responses to ‘the problem of evil’ (the apparent challenge evil presents to belief in an omnipotent and all-good God) by Gerard Manley Hopkins, and three of his contemporaries: Thomas Hardy, Christina Rossetti and Robert Browning. I place Hardy, Rossetti and Browning in conversation with Hopkins on the topics of shipwreck and disaster, nature and its decay, and spiritual crisis respectively. To what extent can their responses to ‘the problem of evil’ be termed ‘theodicy,’ whether in Max Weber’s sense of the word (any explication of suffering) or in Leibniz’s (an explanation for why God permits evil)?
ENGL 1002: Narratives of Romance and Adventure
ENGL 2629: Victorian Literature
2011. ‘Thomas Hardy’s Negative Theodicy: The Titanic Disaster and “The Convergence of the Twain,”’ The Hungry Ocean: A Conference on Literary Culture and the Maritime Environment, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, Providence, United States
2009. ‘From Sense to Poetry: The Influence of Christina Rossetti and Richard Watson Dixon on the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins’, The Victorian Sensorium, Australasian Victorian Studies Association Conference, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
2008. ‘Mindscape: Time, Memory and the Poetic Process in the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins,’ Living Memory: Remembering, Reinventing, Forgetting. UNSW School of English, Arts and Media’s Annual Postgraduate Conference, University of New South Wales.
This thesis examines the impact of the foreign in non-native prose writing and its implications for translating literature. By looking at its motifs and manifestations in the prose writing of authors who write in a second language, I question the validity of the native speaker dictate decreeing that a literary text can only be translated eloquently and authoritatively into the mother tongue. Instead I suggest that the mediation of the foreign imprint is intrinsic to writing and translation and that translating into a non-native language complements the actual motion of translation: to carry across the original text to new language ground.
'Strange Matter' by Terezia Mora (translation), Words without Borders: The Online Magazine for International Literature 2012 (pending).
'A light above the head' by Dimitré Dinev (translation), eXchanges Journal of Literary Translation 2012 (pending).
'Another view: tracing the foreign in literary translation.' Contemporary German writing from the ethnic margins in English translation. University of Sydney, 2011. (dissertation).
'Hermann Lenz's novel Der Kutscher und der Wappenmaler: Translator's introduction and translation excerpt', The AALITRA Review: A Journal of Literary Translation: No. 2, 2010, 42-47 and No. 3, 2011, 45-52.
'Extinction: A view on readability', Southerly Journal, Vol. 70, No. 1, 2010, 45-55.
'Is it a Comedy? Is it a Tragedy?' by T. Bernhard (translation), Southerly Journal, Vol. 70, No. 1, 2010, 62-69.
Translators@work, creative writing program, 2008 - 2009, University of Sydney.
'Translating Thomas Bernhard', translation beyond dichotomy symposium, University of Melbourne, 2007.
Doctor of Philosophy (2010)
Dissertation Title: Mourning the Unknown in Whitman’s Leaves of Grass
I am currently undertaking a Kluge Research Fellowship at the Library of Congress, which informs my scholarly monograph, The Afterlives of Specimens: Science and Mourning in Whitman’s America (in progress). This book explores the shrinking distinction between the body as object of mourning and subject of scientific enquiry throughout the nineteenth century. Leaves of Grass offers a unique vantage from which to study Civil War legacies of death, disease, and amputation through discourses of mourning, trauma, and sexuality. Over the course of his lifetime, Whitman endured drastic changes in relation to the corpse as a figure of national significance. In the space of a few decades, the practice of dissection evolved from a punishment enacted on the bodies of criminals, to an element of preservationist technology worthy of the presidential corpse. The extended public display of Abraham Lincoln’s body was made possible by recent innovations in embalming, which was often practiced on the bodies of unknown soldiers. In the intervening years, Whitman transitioned from a fervent opponent of dissection to a literary celebrity who left behind instructions for his own autopsy. How did Whitman arrive at an understanding of the corporeal afterlife so far removed from his initial anxiety in the face of posthumous wounds? What catalyzed this startling transformation, and how did it respond to cultural changes in medical, mourning and burial practices? The Afterlives of Specimens establishes Whitman’s role in evolving cultural understandings of the body as an object of posthumous discovery and desire.
This project has been generously supported by grants from the Australian Academy of the Humanities, The Library of Congress, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, The Eleanor Wood Travelling Fellowship and the University of Sydney.
2011: Coordinator of English 6962: Communication in Professional Contexts, the University of Sydney Writing Hub.
2010: Lecturer in American Studies 2601: American Foundations, University of Sydney.
2008: Guest Lecturer in WRIT 119 Writing Theory: Classicism to the Gothic, University of Wollongong.
2007-2010: Tutor in various units at the University of Sydney including American Studies 2601: American Foundations and English 1025: Film, Fiction and Power.
Invited Book Chapters
‘Harlem Shadows: Resurrecting Claude McKay’s Queer Poetry.’ Poetry Criticism. Ed. Michelle Lee (Gale Cengage Books, forthcoming 2013).
‘Unburied Trauma and the Exhumation of History: An American Genealogy.’ Trauma and Sentimentality. Eds. Jane Goodall and Christopher Lee (accepted July 2011).
Refereed Book Chapters
‘The Haunting of Unburial: Mourning the “Unknown” in Whitman’s America.’ Mourning and its Hospitalities / After. Eds. Judith Seaboyer and Tony Thwaites (Lexington Books; forthcoming 2013).
“‘Specimens of unworldliness”: Walt Whitman and the Civil War.’ Remaking Literary History. Eds. Helen Groth and Paul Sheehan. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010. 143-156.
Refereed Journal Articles
‘Encrypting Katrina: Traumatic Inscription and the Architecture of Amnesia’. Invisible Culture: The Cultural Visualization of Hurricane Katrina 16 (2011).
‘‘‘A love so fugitive and so complete”: Recovering the Queer Subtext of Claude McKay’s Harlem Shadows.’ The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945 4.1 (2008): 63-81.
‘“It’s a practice thing”: The Annotated Bibliography as a Learning Activity for Arts Students.’ Co-authored with Dr Briget Berry, Dr Radhiah Chowdhury and Dr Jacinta van den Berg, Synergy 31 (2011): 24-33.
Recent Conference Papers
‘Alice Notley’s Contemporary Mythopoetics’
Poetry and the Contemporary Conference, Deakin University, July 2011
‘Unburied Trauma and the Exhumation of History: An American Genealogy’
Trauma Symposium, The University of Southern Queensland, February 2011
‘“The Word Unsaid”: Swallowing the “Untranslatable” in Whitman’s Leaves of Grass’
Literature and Translation: Australasian Association for Literature International Conference , Monash University, July 2011
‘Closure Tourism: Missing New Orleans’
Invited Lecture, The Power Institute, The University of Sydney, October 2010
‘Encrypting Katrina: Traumatic Inscription and the Architecture of Amnesia’
Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference
The University of Adelaide, July 2010
‘The Afterlives of Specimens: Walt Whitman and Civil War Medicine’
Literature and Science: Australasian Association for Literature International Conference
University of New South Wales, July 2010
‘Memorializing Katrina: Diasporic Mourning and Closure Tourism in New Orleans’
Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference, New Orleans, April 2010
‘Closure Tourism and the Architecture of Containment at Ground Zero and New Orleans’ Cultures of Violence Conference, The University of Queensland, July 2009
“‘Blood in the Ground”: Alice Notley’s Poetics of Mourning in Alma, or The Dead Women’
Literature and Politics: Australasian Association for Literature International Conference
The University of Sydney, July 2009.
Master of Arts (Research)
Humanist Cinema and John Sayles' Casa de los Babys
I am uncovering a description of the term “humanism” as it applies to cinematic narrative, and situating the humanistic drama among related artistic endeavours, including social realist traditions. I present the work of American independent filmmaker John Sayles - in particular his 2003 film Casa de los Babys - as examples of the power of humanistic storytelling. These stories seek to politicise and complicate our understanding of people in circumstances unfamiliar to the audience, often depicting their struggle against compromised autonomy. Humanism offers inclusive and nuanced communitarian empathy as a grounding for responses to political and personal ethical quandaries.
Doctor of Philosophy
Dionysus and Orpheus: ‘The Old Quarrel between Philosophy and Poetry’ in the thought of Sir Francis Bacon
This project traces the tension between philosophy and poetry in Bacon’s works. It is divided into four parts: the first responds to the enigmatic and fragmentary character of Bacon’s works, offering an interpretative strategy based on his account of ‘the acroamatic method’; the second focuses on the relationship between reason and the imagination in the context of his discussion of ‘feigned history’ in The Advancement of Learning; the third examines his conception of fables, offering an analysis of The Wisdom of the Ancients; and the fourth concludes with a discussion of his new philosophical poetry in The New Atlantis.
Doctor of Philosophy
The Double Movements of Apology and Apologia in White Australian Narratives of Reconciliation