Dr Rebecca Johinke
A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney
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I have very broad-ranging interests in language, literature, rhetoric, film, and popular culture. Having said that, I have two main areas of teaching and research. Firstly, my curiosity about representations of gender and power in contemporary Australian literature and film led to my doctoral project about masculinities and car culture. I maintain an interest in Australian film and popular culture and I continue to research and publish in this area. That research has also morphed into an engagement with representations of cityscapes and street culture more generally and a specific interest the figure of the flâneur. The work of Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Charles Baudelaire and Walter Benjamin is of particular interest in this context. Secondly, I have taught writing for many years and am interested in writing and ethics and the rhetorical context of writing and publishing. Currently, this interest is demonstrated in postgraduate teaching in magazine culture and creative non-fiction. I am happy to supervise Honours or postgraduate students in any of those areas.
As part of my service to the University, I am the Director of Student Support Programs in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Director of the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BAS). In recent years, I have served as the Director of the Bachelor of Arts (BA).
Teaching and supervision
In 2013, I am coordinating two postgraduate units of study. The first is a unit of study that I co-coordinate with Dr Fiona Giles from MECO entitled ENGL6984 Creative non-fiction workshop. We invite prominent Australian writers to share their insights about the writing process and in past years guest speakers have included Linda Jaivin, David Marr, James Bradley, Mark Mordue, Rebecca Huntley, Mark Dapin and Mark Tredinnick. In second semester, I look forward to teaching ENGL6970 Magazines and Australian Print Culture again. In 2014, I expect to offer both of those postgraduate units again and one undergraduate senior unit entitled ENGL3615 Street Narratives.
I am currently supervising (or co-supervising) a number of postgraduate research students. Their projects range from: the films of John Sayles and John Wayne, modernist street photography, women’s crime fiction, cancer narratives, mommy blogs, the novella, and the work of DH Lawrence, Don DeLillo, and Brett Easton Ellis. I welcome enquiries from prospective Honours, Masters, and PhD students.
I am currently co-editing (with Dr Rose Williamson from UNE) a special issue of TEXT journal about Australasian magazine culture. I will also contribute two articles to the special edition. This project relates to my interest in Australian writing and popular culture and the rhetorical context of magazine writing. I also have another project in mind that combines my interest in magazines, popular culture, and Leonard Cohen.
I have recently published a book chapter about ‘The Man of the Crowd’ in a collection examining adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s work. I have also reviewed a new book about Poe and that review will soon appear in MLR. This work relates to my interest in street narratives, the flâneur, and film adaptations.
I have recently published two journal articles about Australian film and published a book chapter entitled ‘Welcome to Hell: Nick Cave and Ghosts… of the Civil Dead’ which appears in an edited collection about Nick Cave. These projects build on my continued interest in Australian film and popular culture. I am currently working on another book chapter about Cave, this one for an American collection examining evil in popular music.
As part of my role as Director of Student Support Services, I work with colleagues on a number of projects relating to student support and welfare.
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