Associate Professor Natalya Lusty
Natalya is an Associate Professor and was appointed to the Department in 2003. Her teaching includes Sex, Violence and Transgression, Everyday Life: Theories and Practices, as well as the postgraduate unit, Modernism, Modernity and Modern Culture. Her research interests include modernism, psychoanalysis, theories and practices of everyday life (in particular dreams and fashion) and cultural theory. Her contribution to these fields has been concerned with mapping the terrain of modernism as a cultural diagnostic for our own time, one that performs a number of critical interventions across modernist and contemporary cultural formations. This is also the subject of her book, Surrealism, Feminism, Psychoanalysis(Ashgate, 2007). Her other research interests include feminist history and theory, theories of violence, and visual culture.
Radical Speech: Feminist Manifestos and the Shaping of Political Modernity
This project is supported by a University of Sydney Brown Research Fellowship (2010) and examines how feminist manifestoes have shaped political modernity. As a form of political protest that straddles theory and action, feminist manifestos challenge the universalism underpinning modern democratic cultural formations as well as the perceived orthodoxies of the women’s movement. The aim of this project is to examine how women used and transformed the manifesto at key moments of social and political crisis across first, second and third wave feminism.
Dreams: A Cultural History, 1840-1940
This is an ARC funded (2010- 2012) collaborative research project with Associate-Professor Helen Groth in the School of English, Media and Performing Arts at the UNSW. This project will produce an innovative history of the dream as a seminal object of inquiry and as a fundamental aspect of identity and culture in the period, 1840-1940. Its aim is to show how the intensification and cross-fertilization of ideas about dreams in this period became a catalyst for new kinds of networks of knowledge across aesthetic, psychological, philosophical and vernacular domains. This research will result in a co-authored monograph, Dreams and Modernity: A Cultural History (contracted to Routledge through the ‘New Directions in Cultural History’ Series, edited by Gillian Swanson and Ben Highmore).
Lusty, N with Helen Groth (co-authored monograph), Dreams and Modernity: A Cultural History (Routledge, 2012).
Lusty, N and J. Murphet (eds) Modernism and Masculinity: Literary and Cultural Transformations (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Lusty, N. (2007) (sole-authored monograph). Surrealism, Feminism, Psychoanalysis (Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate Press)
Lusty, N. and Walker, R. (eds.) (1998). Masochism: Disciplines of Desire/Aesthetics of Cruelty/Politics of Danger. (University of Sydney: PG ARC Publications)
Radical Speech: Feminist Manifestos and the Shaping of Political Modernity (sole-authored monograph)
Refereed Articles and Book Chapters
Lusty, N, “Surrealism’s Anxious Masculinities” in N Lusty and J Murphet (eds) Modernism and Masculinity: Literary and Cultural Transformations (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Lusty, N “Modernist Masculinities: An Introduction” in N Lusty and J Murphet (eds) Modernism and Masculinity: Literary and Cultural Transformations (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Lusty, N, “Art, Science and Exploration: Rereading the Work of Remedios Varo”, Special Issue on Surrealism and Gender, Edited by Katharine Conley in Journal of Surrealism and the Americas, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2011.
Lusty, N. (2009) “Valerie Solanas and the Limits of Speech” in Australian Literary Studies, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2009
Lusty, N. (2008) “Sexing the Manifesto: Mina Loy, Futurism and Feminism” in Women: A Cultural Review, 19.3.
Lusty, N. (2003). "Surrealism’s Banging Door" in Textual Practice, Vol. 17, No.2 (June)
Lusty, N. (2002). "Eating the Maid: Leonora Carrington's 'The Debutante'". In Deen, S. (ed.) Challenging Modernism: New Readings in Literature and Culture 1914-1945 (Ashgate Press, pp. 233-272)
Lusty, N. (1998). "The Detached Eye: Surrealism’s Aesthetics of Violence and Cruelty". In Lusty, N. and Walker, R. (eds) Masochism: Disciplines of Desire/Aesthetics of Cruelty/Politics of Danger (Sydney: PG ARC Publications, pp. 33-39)
Lusty, N. (2009) Review Essay “Every Kind of Everyday: Review Essay on Michael Sheringham, Everyday Life: Theories and Practices From Surrealism to the Present and Kathleen Stewart, Ordinary Affects, Cultural Studies Review, 15.1.
Lusty, N. (2004). Review Essay: "Something More About Moffatt". In The Australian Financial Review, 27 February
Lusty, N. (2002). Review Essay of Geczy, A. and Genocchio, B. (eds.) "What is Installation? An Anthology of Writings on Australian Installation Art". In Australian Humanities Review, July - August
Lusty, N. (2002). Review, "Scabs in the Cloth: Tara Brabazon’s Ladies Who Lunge: Celebrating Difficult Women". In Australian Book Review, June/July
Keynote Addresses, Invited Presentations and Conference Papers
Symposium Paper, “Vanguard Feminism and the Individual Woman”, Mina Loy Symposium, Modernist Studies Centre, University of Sussex, May 29th 2010
Conference Paper, “Surrealism and Science”, Art Association of Australia and
New Zealand (AAANZ) Conference, Australian National University, 26-28th
Invited Paper, “Modernism and Dreams” for the inaugural New Modernist Studies Network Symposium, University of Queensland, November 27th, 2009
Keynote Address, The Artist as Agent Provocateur Conference, Art Gallery of
NSW, November 29th, 2007
Invited Panel Discussant, Destricted: Art and Pornography, Public Forum,
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne, October, 2007
“Surf’s Up: Masculinity and Whiteness in Tracey Moffatt’s Heaven”, Masculinities: Gender, Art and Popular Culture Symposium, University of Melbourne, 2005
“Art and Fashion: Affecting Ambivalence” Making an Appearance: Fashion,
Dress and Consumption International conference, University of Queensland,
July 10-13th, 2003
Discussion Paper, “Surrealism and Its Legacies Seminar”, The Modernist
Studies Association Fifth Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK, September
“Cindy Sherman, Judith Butler and the Crisis of the Feminist Subject,”
What’s Left of Theory? Cultural Studies Association of Australia Conference, University of Tasmania, 8-10th December, 2001
“Hybrid Theories, Hybrid Forms," Border Crossings: Literature and Culture
Between the Wars, SUNY, New Paltz, NY, 1998
“Surrealist Haunting: A Reading of André Breton’s Nadja and Leonora
Carrington’s Down Below,” Literature and Psychiatry Conference. NSW’s
Writer’s Centre, Rozelle. 1997
Grants and Fellowships
- 2010 - 2012 ARC Discovery Grant
- 2010 - University of Sydney Brown Research Fellowship
- 2007 - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Support Scheme (FARSS) Grant
- 2005 – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Seed Funding Grant
- 2004 – Australian Academy of the Humanities Publication Grant
- 2004 – University of Sydney Sesqui R&D Grant
- 2003 – Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Start Up Grant
Australian Feminist Studies