Dr Melissa Hardie

BA, PhD
Senior Lecturer

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 7737

Biographical details

My research began with Modernism and I wrote my PhD on Djuna Barnes and American expatriate writing. I still publish on Barnes in this context, most recently a chapter titled "That Man In My Mouth: Editing, Modernism and Masculinity” in an edited collection Modernism and Masculinity: Literary and Cultural Transformations (Cambridge University Press 2014). Now I am interested in the afterlives of Modernist texts, and am currently writing a chapter on the cinematic citation of Djuna Barnes that expands a keynote paper I gave at The First International Djuna Barnes Conference hosted in collaboration with the Institute English Studies, Birkbeck College, and the British Association for American Studies in September 2012.

Teaching and supervision

  • Nineteenth- and twentieth-century textual studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Critical theory
  • Queer theory
  • Theories of cultural difference
  • Rhetoric
  • Psychoanalysis

I supervise PhD on Modernism and Postmodernism, American literature, queer theory, psychoanalysis, cinema, true crime, and associated topics.

Current projects

Shame Became Famous considers the fate of the closet over the last few years: its ambit is broadly post-1990 and focused on the closet (and instances of ‘coming out’) in the last ten years. I use a number of models for post-closet sexual disclosure, from soap opera to new queer cinema, to ask why the closet remains a robust figure for thinking through sexual identity even when its claim to cultural hegemony would seem to have waned. I have published articles and chapters on Lindsay Lohan, Ellen Degeneres, Rock Hudson, Liberace, and others, and on generic claims to elements of closet epistemology, focussing on the tell-all, soap opera, and melodrama. I am currently completing a chapter on “Post-Structuralism: Originators and Heirs” for Scott Herring’s Cambridge Companion to Gay and Lesbian American Literature (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

Novel Objects considers the novel mid-century as a pliant form through which to move forward arguments about media ecologies and considerations of the material culture of novel production. I examine a series of ‘novel objects’ for their capacity to renew analyses of highbrow and middlebrow culture mid-century. My novel objects include novels, but also television long-form series and telemovies, novelizations, middlebrow series writers and other kinds of formal experimentation with the idea of the novel from Late Modernism to High Postmodernism. I am working on the novels of Djuna Barnes, Patricia Highsmith and Jacqueline Susann to orient the location of the novel mid-century in a variety of publishing venues, and I have published on Mad Men and middlebrow culture. This project encompasses work previously done on true crime as an exemplary ‘novel object’ in the form of the non-fiction novel, in the growth and diversity of its readership and in its patterns of publication and commodification.

Associations

Selected grants

2011

  • Gender and Modernity Research Group; Morris M, Allon F, Cooper M, Driscoll C, Gatens M, Hardie M, Hickey-Moody A, Jayamanne L, Lusty N, Roberts M, Waldby C; University of Sydney/FARCS Grant.

2010

  • The Gender and Modernity Research Group; Driscoll C, Gatens M, Hardie M, Hickey-Moody A, Lusty N, Park J, Roberts M, Waldby C, Jayamanne L, Cooper M; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.
  • The Environmental Humanities Group; McCalman I, Bashford A, White S, McCreery C, Gibbs M, Schlosberg D, Celermajer D, Philp J, Robertson S, Fitzmaurice A, Giles P, Marks P, Hardie M, Smith V, Alt C, Race K, Allon F; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Hardie, M. (2014). 'That Man in my Mouth': Editing, Masculinity and Modernism. In N. Lusty & J. Murphen (Eds.), Modernism and Masculinity, (pp. 38-52). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Hardie, M. (2013). The Warehouse of Talent: Fugitive and Hoard in Ashbery, Darger and Benjamin. In Ann Vickery, John Hawke (Eds.), Poetry and the Trace, (pp. 335-345). Glebe, Sydney: Puncher & Wattmann.
  • Hardie, M. (2012). In Praise of Shallow Viewing. In Kerry H. Robinson, Cristyn Davies (Eds.), Queer and Subjugated Knowledges: Generating Subversive Imaginaries, (pp. 99-109). Sharjah: Bentham Science Publishers.
  • Hardie, M. (2007). Late Modern Blog. In Susan E. Thomas (Eds.), What is the New Rhetoric?, (pp. 140-153). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Hardie, M. (2007). Torque: Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, and Authentic Feeling in the Smoky Mountains. In Scott A. Lukas (Eds.), The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nations, and Self, (pp. 23-37). USA: Lexington Books.
  • Hardie, M. (2006). Shame Became Famous: Ellen and Anne's Coming Out'. In Elizabeth mcMahon and Brigitta Olubas (Eds.), Women Making time, (pp. 28-39). Perth: University of Western Australia Press.

Journals

  • Hardie, M. (2012). Book review: "A Tragedy in Two Acts: Marcus Enfield and Teresa Brennan" by Fiona Harari. Southerly, 72(2).
  • Hardie, M. (2012). Editorial: Every Contact Leaves a Trace. Southerly, 72(2), 6-8.
  • Black, P., Hardie, M. (2012). On 'Mad Men': Introduction. Cultural Studies Review, 18(2), 147-150.
  • Hardie, M. (2012). The Three Faces of Mad Men: Middlebrow Culture and Quality Television. Cultural Studies Review (Online), 18(2), 151-168.
  • Hardie, M. (2012). Under the Sign of Schapelle: Passing Through Customs. Southerly, 72(2), 125-141.
  • Hardie, M. (2010). Dead spots in the case of Kitty Genovese. Australian Feminist Studies, 25(65), 337-351.
  • Hardie, M. (2010). The closet remediated: inside Lindsay Lohan. Australian Humanities Review, 48, 55-70.
  • Hardie, M. (2010). Women and crime. Australian Feminist Studies, 25(65), 261-263.
  • Hardie, M. (2006). Cold Case: Ripped from the Headlines. Flow, 5(2).
  • Hardie, M. (2005). "Repulsive Modernism: Djuna Barnes' The Book of Repulsive Women". Journal of Modern Literature, 29(1), 118-132.
  • Hardie, M. (2001). Object Lessons. Southerly, 61(2), 45-55.

Edited Journals

  • Black, P., Hardie, M. (2012). On Mad Men. Cultural Studies Review, 18(2).
  • Gleeson-White, S., Hardie, M. (2012). The Materials of American Studies (Special Issue). Australasian Journal of American Studies (AJAS).
  • Hardie, M. (2010). Women and Crime: Guest Editor, Special Issue, Australian Feminist Studies 25(65). Australian Feminist Studies, 25(65).

Conferences

  • Hardie, M. (2010). Cinematic belonging - attaching to the blockbuster. Scoping the Syllabus: English Association English Teachers' Conference 2010, Sydney: The English Association Sydney.
  • Hardie, M. (2009). Watching the Detectives: Teaching Crime Writing with Hitchcock, James and Ondaatje. English Association English Teachers' Conference 2009, Australia: The English Association Sydney.
  • Hardie, M. (2008). Panic stations: post-war experience and writing after the bomb. New Directions: the English Association English Teachers' Conference 2008, Sydney: English Association, Sydney Branch.

Reference Works

  • Hardie, M. (2001). Boy George. In Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon. (Eds.), Who's who in contemporary gay and lesbian history : from World War II to the present day. (pp. 51-52). London, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Hardie, M. (2001). Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. In Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon. (Eds.), Who's who in contemporary gay and lesbian history : from World War II to the present day. (pp. 374-375). London, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Hardie, M. (2001). Kate Millet. In Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon. (Eds.), Who's who in contemporary gay and lesbian history : from World War II to the present day. (pp. 283-284). London, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Hardie, M. (2001). Patricia Nell Warren. In Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon. (Eds.), Who's who in contemporary gay and lesbian history : from World War II to the present day. (pp. 434-435). London, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2014

  • Hardie, M. (2014). 'That Man in my Mouth': Editing, Masculinity and Modernism. In N. Lusty & J. Murphen (Eds.), Modernism and Masculinity, (pp. 38-52). New York: Cambridge University Press.

2013

  • Hardie, M. (2013). The Warehouse of Talent: Fugitive and Hoard in Ashbery, Darger and Benjamin. In Ann Vickery, John Hawke (Eds.), Poetry and the Trace, (pp. 335-345). Glebe, Sydney: Puncher & Wattmann.

2012

  • Hardie, M. (2012). Book review: "A Tragedy in Two Acts: Marcus Enfield and Teresa Brennan" by Fiona Harari. Southerly, 72(2).
  • Hardie, M. (2012). Editorial: Every Contact Leaves a Trace. Southerly, 72(2), 6-8.
  • Hardie, M. (2012). In Praise of Shallow Viewing. In Kerry H. Robinson, Cristyn Davies (Eds.), Queer and Subjugated Knowledges: Generating Subversive Imaginaries, (pp. 99-109). Sharjah: Bentham Science Publishers.
  • Black, P., Hardie, M. (2012). On 'Mad Men': Introduction. Cultural Studies Review, 18(2), 147-150.
  • Black, P., Hardie, M. (2012). On Mad Men. Cultural Studies Review, 18(2).
  • Gleeson-White, S., Hardie, M. (2012). The Materials of American Studies (Special Issue). Australasian Journal of American Studies (AJAS).
  • Hardie, M. (2012). The Three Faces of Mad Men: Middlebrow Culture and Quality Television. Cultural Studies Review (Online), 18(2), 151-168.
  • Hardie, M. (2012). Under the Sign of Schapelle: Passing Through Customs. Southerly, 72(2), 125-141.

2010

  • Hardie, M. (2010). Cinematic belonging - attaching to the blockbuster. Scoping the Syllabus: English Association English Teachers' Conference 2010, Sydney: The English Association Sydney.
  • Hardie, M. (2010). Dead spots in the case of Kitty Genovese. Australian Feminist Studies, 25(65), 337-351.
  • Hardie, M. (2010). The closet remediated: inside Lindsay Lohan. Australian Humanities Review, 48, 55-70.
  • Hardie, M. (2010). Women and crime. Australian Feminist Studies, 25(65), 261-263.
  • Hardie, M. (2010). Women and Crime: Guest Editor, Special Issue, Australian Feminist Studies 25(65). Australian Feminist Studies, 25(65).

2009

  • Hardie, M. (2009). Watching the Detectives: Teaching Crime Writing with Hitchcock, James and Ondaatje. English Association English Teachers' Conference 2009, Australia: The English Association Sydney.

2008

  • Hardie, M. (2008). Panic stations: post-war experience and writing after the bomb. New Directions: the English Association English Teachers' Conference 2008, Sydney: English Association, Sydney Branch.

2007

  • Hardie, M. (2007). Late Modern Blog. In Susan E. Thomas (Eds.), What is the New Rhetoric?, (pp. 140-153). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Hardie, M. (2007). Torque: Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, and Authentic Feeling in the Smoky Mountains. In Scott A. Lukas (Eds.), The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nations, and Self, (pp. 23-37). USA: Lexington Books.

2006

  • Hardie, M. (2006). Cold Case: Ripped from the Headlines. Flow, 5(2).
  • Hardie, M. (2006). Shame Became Famous: Ellen and Anne's Coming Out'. In Elizabeth mcMahon and Brigitta Olubas (Eds.), Women Making time, (pp. 28-39). Perth: University of Western Australia Press.

2005

  • Hardie, M. (2005). "Repulsive Modernism: Djuna Barnes' The Book of Repulsive Women". Journal of Modern Literature, 29(1), 118-132.

2001

  • Hardie, M. (2001). Boy George. In Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon. (Eds.), Who's who in contemporary gay and lesbian history : from World War II to the present day. (pp. 51-52). London, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Hardie, M. (2001). Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. In Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon. (Eds.), Who's who in contemporary gay and lesbian history : from World War II to the present day. (pp. 374-375). London, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Hardie, M. (2001). Kate Millet. In Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon. (Eds.), Who's who in contemporary gay and lesbian history : from World War II to the present day. (pp. 283-284). London, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Hardie, M. (2001). Object Lessons. Southerly, 61(2), 45-55.
  • Hardie, M. (2001). Patricia Nell Warren. In Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon. (Eds.), Who's who in contemporary gay and lesbian history : from World War II to the present day. (pp. 434-435). London, UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

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