Dr Helen Young
BCA/BA Hons 1 (Wollongong), PhD (Sydney)
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney
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My research focuses on issues around representations of power and cultural relations, with a particular focus on race and ethnicity. My PhD explored postcoloniality in Middle English romance. It employed modern postcolonial theory as a lens through which to examine ways in which ‘Englishness’ was constructed in vernacular literature. Since graduating in 2007 I have worked on several projects, including explorations of ways ‘England’ is portrayed in Anglo-Norman chronicles, the reception of Anglo-Norman in the modern era, and contemporary medievalism, particularly in fantasy literature. I have taught in Englsh and Communication, and worked as a researcher in education and nursing.
- Fantasy genre
- Popular culture
- Cultural diversity
My current project, Imagining Diversity: Race and Ethnicity in Popular Fantasy, examines discourses of diversity and difference in fantasy literature, film, television, games, and in the fan cultures which revolve around them. How does fantasy engage with and represent issues and concepts such as cosmopolitanism, multiculturalism, and hybridity? How do audiences respond? The project approaches fantasy as an element of popular culture which offers space to both reproduce and reconstruct social norms and engage with real world issues.
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