Dr Lindsay Tuggle
BSW, Murray State, 2000; BA (Hons 1), Sydney 2005; PhD, Sydney, 2010
A22 - Old Teachers' College
The University of Sydney
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Lindsay has been teaching English Literature, Academic Writing and Creative Writing since 2007. She joined the Writing Hub as a Lecturer in 2014. She recently concluded a Kluge Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Library of Congress in support of archival research underpinning her first book, The Afterlives of Specimens: Science and Mourning in Whitman’s America (in process).
- Walt Whitman
- Civil War Literature and Letters
- Mourning and Melancholia in Literature
- Trauma Studies
- Intersections of Literature and Science (Nineteenth-Century)
- The Harlem Renaissance
- American Memorial Culture (particularly concerning 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina)
Teaching and supervision
Lindsay coordinates WRIT 1000 and contributes to teaching across the WRIT units. She has extensive teaching experience in American Literature (nineteenth and twentieth centuries), Poetry and Poetics, Nineteenth-Century Studies, Civil War Literature, the Harlem Renaissance, and Trauma Studies, and is open to supervising doctoral candidates working in these areas.
Lindsay is currently completing her first book, The Afterlives of Specimens: Science and Mourning in Whitman’s America. Through the evolution of Walt Whitman’s poetry and prose, this book explores the space between science and sentiment, the historical moment of convergence at which the human cadaver is both lost love object and subject of anatomical violence. Leaves of Grass offers a unique vantage from which to study Civil War legacies of death, disease, and amputation through discourses of mourning, trauma, and sexuality. Over the course of his lifetime, Whitman witnessed drastic changes in relation to the corpse as a figure of national significance. In the space of a few decades, the practice of dissection evolved from a punishment enacted on the bodies of criminals, to an element of preservationist technology worthy of the presidential corpse. The extended public display of Abraham Lincoln’s body was made possible by recent innovations in embalming, which was often practiced on the bodies of unknown soldiers. In the intervening years, Whitman transitioned from a fervent opponent of medical bodysnatching to a literary celebrity who left behind instructions for his own autopsy. How did Whitman arrive at an understanding of the corporeal afterlife so far removed from his initial anxiety in the face of posthumous wounds? What catalyzed this startling transformation, and how did it respond to cultural changes in medical, mourning and burial practices? The Afterlives of Specimens establishes Whitman’s role in evolving cultural understandings of the body as an object of posthumous discovery and desire.
An article detailing the archival and theoretical architecture of this book is forthcoming in the next issue of The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review (University of Iowa Press).
A chapter titled, "Unburied Trauma and the Exhumation of History: An American Genealogy," is forthcoming in the collection Trauma and Public Memory (eds. Jane Goodall and Chris Lee, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)."
- Modern Language Association
- Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association
- Australasian Association for Literature
- International Society for Cultural History
- Society for the Study of Southern Literature
Awards and honours
- "An Elementary Treatise on Human Anatomy,". Third Prize. Val Vallis Award for Poetry 2014 (judged by Judith Beveridge, Sarah Holland-Batt, and Kent MacCarter).
- "An Elementary Treatise on Human Anatomy," Long-listed for the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize 2014 (judged by Judith Beveridge, Brook Emery, and Jennifer Harrison).
- “Anamnesis.” Second Prize. Val Vallis Award for Poetry 2009 (judged by Grant Caldwell, Claire Gaskin, and Graham Nunn).
Grants and Fellowships
- 2012-2013, John W. Kluge Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Library of Congress
- 2013, College of Physicians of Philadelphia / Mütter Museum, Wood Institute Travel Grant
- 2012-2013, Eleanor Wood Travel Grant, University of Sydney
- 2012, Australian Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship
- 2012, College of Physicians of Philadelphia / Mütter Museum, Wood Institute Travel Grant
- 2007-2008, Karnaghan, Elgar, and Waldock Research Grant, University of Sydney
- 2007-2008 James King of Irrawang Travel Grant, University of Sydney
Selected Public Lectures and Conference Papers
- ‘“Phantoms of Countless Lost’: Amputation and Affect in Whitman’s War Prose,” Literature and Affect, The University of Melbourne, July 2014
- ‘“The uncut hair of graves’: The Ecoerotics of Pastoral in Whitman’s Leaves of Grass,” Afterlives of Pastoral Conference, University of Queensland, July 2014
- “The Afterlives of Specimens: Science and Mourning in Whitman’s America,” Kluge Public Lecture, The Library of Congress, January 2012
- ‘“The Word Unsaid’: Swallowing the ‘Untranslatable’ in Whitman’s Leaves of Grass,” Literature and Translation: Australasian Association for Literature Conference, Monash University, July 2011
- “Alice Notley’s Contemporary Mythopoetics,” Poetry and the Contemporary Conference, Deakin University, July 2011
- “Unburied Trauma and the Exhumation of History: An American Genealogy,” Trauma Symposium, The University of Southern Queensland, February 2011 (invited speaker)
- “Closure Tourism: Missing New Orleans,” The Power Institute, The University of Sydney, October 2010
- “Encrypting Katrina: Traumatic Inscription and the Architecture of Amnesia,” Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference, The University of Adelaide, July 2010
- “The Afterlives of Specimens: Walt Whitman and Civil War Medicine,” Literature and Science: Australasian Association for Literature Conference, The University of New South Wales, July 2010
- “Memorializing Katrina: Diasporic Mourning and Closure Tourism in New Orleans,” Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference, New Orleans, April 2010
- “Closure Tourism and the Architecture of Containment at Ground Zero and New Orleans,” Cultures of Violence Conference, The University of Queensland, July 2009
- “‘Blood in the Ground’: Alice Notley’s Poetics of Mourning in Alma, or The Dead Women,” Literature and Politics: Australasian Association for Literature Conference, The University of Sydney, July 2009
- ‘“Reflecting Absence’: (En)closing the Dead at Ground Zero and New Orleans,” Legacies Conference, Public Memory Research Centre, The University of Southern Queensland, February 2009
- ‘“Specimens of unworldliness’: Walt Whitman and the Civil War,” Literature and History: Australasian Association for Literature Conference, Macquarie University, July 2008
- ‘“Ghost Flowers’: Traces of Negation in Alice Notley’s Alma, or The Dead Women,” Poetry and the Trace Conference, Monash University, July 2008
- ‘“The abyss of unmaddening’: The ‘Unsong’ of War in Alice Notley’s Alma, or The Dead Women,” Australia and New Zealand American Studies Association Conference, The University of Sydney, July 2008
- “Spectrality and the Self in Whitman’s Leaves of Grass,” Hauntings: Specters, Spectrality and Spectatorship Symposium, September 2007
- “Deconstructing the Canonical Closet: Recovering the Queer Poetry of Claude McKay,” Out of the Archive: The Modernist Studies Association Conference, Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 2006
- ‘Death, Decay and Transcendence in Whitman’s “Song of Myself’,” Contemplating the Void Symposium, The University of New South Wales, September 2006
Selected publications & creative works