Dr Melissa Hardie

BA, PhD
Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs)
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, and I am interested in the afterlives of Modernist texts, in late Modernism, a revived Postmodernism and the way in which periodisation and formal analysis engage political projects. I have recently presented on Djuna Barnes and adultery, and on Joe Orton, Kenneth Halliwell, and queer collage, at the MLA (Philadelphia, Jan 2017) and on the work of Roland Barthes at a roundtable on ‘Modernist Bodies In and Out of Motion’ at the MSA (Amsterdam, Aug 2017). My current research is focused by an interest in the affordances of genre and the play between genres in ‘novel objects,’ textual forms which seem to traverse generic/epistemological categories. I have an enduring commitment to feminist and queer political projects, social and cultural criticism, literary theory and popular culture.

I am Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In that role I have participated in several major overhauls and redesigns of curricula across the Faculty. I also work on questions of curricular reform and social inclusion as a leading concern for the University in its engagement with communities across the state as well as internationally. As the Academic Director of the Link Project I have been actively engaged in addressing and redressing structural impedences to a more socially inclusive practice at the University and in my discipline. I have initiated and built relationships between the Department of English and select partner high schools in Sydney and across the state. I have also written (with our Project Manager, Dr Kieryn McKay) on the concept of a ‘discipline-led’ practice of inclusion, engaging with international practitioners to develop a more inclusive curriculum and pedagogy within English and associated disciplines. Since 2015 this work has been supported by The Meers Foundation. Since 2012 I have been the President of the English Association (Sydney), a not-for-profit organisation that since 1923 has been dedicated to fostering links between the University and the community.

Teaching and supervision

  • American Literature
  • Television and Film Studies
  • True crime
  • Critical theory
  • Queer theory
  • Psychoanalysis

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

Current research students

Project title Research student
The Lake in the Frame: Abjection, Sensuality and Feminism in Jane Campion's Miniseries 1990-2017 Blythe WORTHY

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 have recently published an article on the closet and Dog Day Afternoon in Modernism/Modernity’s print plus in a special cluster on sexual modernity.

Novel Objects
Considers the novel from 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. This project extends my work 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. I have published several articles and chapters in this area including a recent article in Novel on the representation of the literary novel in the 1981 film Rich and Famous.

Associations

  • President, English Association Sydney (2012-present)
  • Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASH)
  • Australian Universities Heads of English (AUHE)

Memberships

  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Australian Modernist Studies Network (AMSN)
  • Modernist Studies Association (MSA)
  • Cultural Studies Association of Australia (CSAA)
  • Cultural Studies Association (CSA)

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2015

  • Widening Participation in in English - The LINK Project; Hardie M; Nelson Meers Foundation/Donation.

2012

  • Completing the Circle: Creating an Inclusive and Community-Engaged Faculty; McDonnell M, Hardie M, Hickey-Moody A, Elder C, Jagose A; University of Sydney/Social Inclusion Unit Flagship Grant.

2011

  • Widening Participation in the Humanities: Expanding Partnerships with Low-SES and Rural Schools to Foster Aspiration and Achievement; McDonnell M, Hardie M, Probyn E, Jagose A, Caine B; University of Sydney/Social Inclusion Unit Widening Participation Grant.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Hardie, M. (2015). Post-Structuralism: Originators and Heirs. In Scott Herring (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to American Gay and Lesbian Literature, (pp. 206-223). New York: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. (2017). Novel Circulations: Old Acquaintance, Rich and Famous, La flor de mi secreto. Novel, 50(1), 112-122. [More Information]
  • Hardie, M. (2016). The Ante-Closet: Figurability, Sexual Modernity, and Dog Day Afternoon. Modernism/Modernity, 1(3), NA-NA. [More Information]
  • 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, 18(2), 151-168. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. (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.

Textual Creative Works

  • Hardie, M. (2015). Karen Pini. Bold: Stories from Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People, (pp. 62 - 63). Panton Hill, VIC, Australia: The Rag and Bone Man Press.

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.

2017

  • Hardie, M. (2017). Novel Circulations: Old Acquaintance, Rich and Famous, La flor de mi secreto. Novel, 50(1), 112-122. [More Information]

2016

  • Hardie, M. (2016). The Ante-Closet: Figurability, Sexual Modernity, and Dog Day Afternoon. Modernism/Modernity, 1(3), NA-NA. [More Information]

2015

  • Hardie, M. (2015). Karen Pini. Bold: Stories from Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People, (pp. 62 - 63). Panton Hill, VIC, Australia: The Rag and Bone Man Press.
  • Hardie, M. (2015). Post-Structuralism: Originators and Heirs. In Scott Herring (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to American Gay and Lesbian Literature, (pp. 206-223). New York: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

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. [More Information]

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. [More Information]
  • 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, 18(2), 151-168. [More Information]
  • Hardie, M. (2012). Under the Sign of Schapelle: Passing Through Customs. Southerly, 72(2), 125-141.

2010

  • Hardie, M. (2010). Dead spots in the case of Kitty Genovese. Australian Feminist Studies, 25(65), 337-351. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Hardie, M. (2010). Women and Crime: Guest Editor, Special Issue, Australian Feminist Studies 25(65). Australian Feminist Studies, 25(65).

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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