Dr Sophia Barnes

Postgraduate Teaching Fellow

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Biographical details

Sophia Barnes is a Postgraduate Teaching Fellow in 2013. Her doctoral thesis, ‘We Must Go On Writing As If: Doris Lessing, Mikhail Bakhtin and the Alchemy of Aesthetic Activity’ is currently under examination.

Research interests

  • 20th Century British Literature
  • Anglophone Modernism
  • 20th Century Australian Literature
  • Doris Lessing
  • Mikhail Bakhtin
  • D H Lawrence
  • Novel Studies
  • Feminist Literary Theory

Teaching and supervision

  • Novel into Film
  • Major Movements in Contemporary Prose
  • Narratives of Romance and Adventure

Current projects

  • Revisions of Doris Lessing’s literary-critical reputation; The Golden Notebook as polyphonic novel
  • Dialogism, gender and agency in the novels of D H Lawrence
  • Doris Lessing and Janet Frame: Empire and Institutionalisation

Associations

  • Member of the Modern Languages Association
  • Member of the Doris Lessing Society
  • Member of the D H Lawrence Society of North America
  • Member of the American Comparative Literature Association
  • Member of the International Society for the Study of Narrative

Awards and honours

  • The University of Sydney Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship (2013)
  • The University of Sydney Postgraduate Award, 2009-2013 ($60,000)
  • Postgraduate Research Support Scheme Award, The University of Sydney 2011 ($2,200)
  • DHLSNA (D.H. Lawrence Society of North America) Graduate Fellowship, 2011
  • Walter Reid Academic Bursary, 2006, 2007 ($1,000 ea.)

Recent Conference Papers

  • Chair and respondent, Allied Session of the Doris Lessing Society and the DH Lawrence Society, Modern Languages Association Conference, Chicago, January 2014
  • ‘Narrative Politics: (Re) reading Gender in Lawrence’s Women in Love’, D.H. Lawrence Society of North America Conference, Sydney, July 2011
  • ‘Critical dialogue: Reading narrative shifts in Doris Lessing’s The Four-Gated City ‘after’ Bakhtin’, XIV International Bakhtin Conference, Bologna, Italy, July 2011
  • ‘Resisting Interpretation: Formal activism and unstable authorship in Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook’, International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference, St Louis, Missouri, April 2011
  • ‘The De(con)struction of Convention: Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook’, American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Vancouver, April 2011
  • ‘Submitting to Chaos: Deconstructing and reconstructing the narrative self in Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook’, AULLA Conference, Auckland, January 2011

Selected publications & creative works

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Edited Books

  • Barnes, S. (2009). On the Side: UTS Writers' Anthology 2009. Blackheath: Brandl & Schlesinger.

Journals

  • Barnes, S. (2011). 'Stating the Problem': Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook and the Possibility of Representation. Doris Lessing Studies, 29(2).

Textual Creative Works

  • Barnes, S. (2012). Tsoi. Wet Ink Magazine, 27, Adelaide, Australia: Wet Ink Magazine Inc..

2012

  • Barnes, S. (2012). Tsoi. Wet Ink Magazine, 27, Adelaide, Australia: Wet Ink Magazine Inc..

2011

  • Barnes, S. (2011). 'Stating the Problem': Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook and the Possibility of Representation. Doris Lessing Studies, 29(2).

2009

  • Barnes, S. (2009). On the Side: UTS Writers' Anthology 2009. Blackheath: Brandl & Schlesinger.

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