About me


I am a PhD Candidate and Tutor in English literature at Flinders University, South Australia. My research interests include Romanticism; eighteenth-century English and German literature, art, and philosophy; new literary humanism; poetry; the philosophy of literature; and the links between cognitive science and literature. I am particularly interested in the literary role of human imagination, creativity, and genius, and how the experience of reading literature may promote individual and cultural development.

My doctorate research articulates a new, pluralistic, and inquisitive theory of literary humanism for the twenty-first century through a study of the trope of the daimon in William Blake's epic poem Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion. I graduated with a BA(Hons) First Class Honours in art history (2016).

I am dedicated to academic excellence through research, teaching, and service. Living at the foot of the Adelaide Hills, I enjoy a lifestyle of healthy, well-rounded development, pursuing knowledge, creativity, and the exploration of all that it means to be human.

This website is a locus for presenting my work as an academic. You can also find me at: Twitter, LinkedIn, HCommons, and Academia.edu.

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Ars longa, vita brevis - "life is short, art long" - Hippocrates

PhD Thesis

PhD Thesis

I am currently writing my doctorate thesis, which articulates a new, pluralistic, inquisitive literary humanism for the twenty-first century through a study of the daimon in William Blake's epic poem Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion.



  • Tutor, ENGL2140: Epochs of English, Flinders University, Semester 1 2018.
  • Guest Lecturer, 'Interpreting Poetry,' ENGL1102: Literary Interpretations, Flinders University, 6 August 2018.
  • Participant, Academic Internship Program for Doctoral Students, Flinders University, 2018.

  • Professional Organisations

    Professional Organisations

  • Postgraduate Representative and Webmaster, Australian and New Zealand Society for Eigtheenth-Century Studies (ANZSECS)
  • Member, Romantics Studies Association of Australasia (RSAA)
  • Member, Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Member, Australasian Association for Literature (AAL)

  • Publications


    For a list of publications, visit here.

    The Humanities

    The Humanities

    I am actively engaged in promoting the humanities (especially literary studies) as an irreplaceable aspect of human civilisation, regenerating personal and cultural value, and therefore being an essential field of scholarly research and teaching.



    A blog written at the beginning stages of my doctorate research journey is available here.

    Media and News

    Speaking of Literature

    I am currently offering a series of talks on literature for public libraries.
    Next event: 'Why Read Novels?' 14 February 2019 at Marion Library, SA. Details here.

    For more on this project, see the media article in Flinders In Touch, Engaging library-goers in literary conversation

    If you are a library (or other organisation) interested in hosting such events, please contact me via the form below.
    For the latest news and updates, follow my Twitter page, @ToddWDearing


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    A year's musings (in 2017) from a doctorate journey into the world of William Blake.

    Christ as the Artistic Genius

    William Blake was an artist, author, inventor, and a Christian, or so he said. His Christianity was radical, especially for his time (1757-1827). I would add that it still is radical today. Centred in a strongly Christian society, Blake re-envisioned Christianity, creating his own views on Christian teachings, which were inspired through a number of […]

    Blake’s Satire and the Reading of Poetry

    Yes, William Blake wrote satire too. His longest (yet unfinished) satirical work is “An Island in the Moon,” which is also one of his earliest longer works, written in 1784. It is a ludicrous portrayal of various schools of thought popular during Blake’s time, to highlight their nature and inadequacies as Blake saw them. The […]

    Literature, Blake, and the World

    In conversation with others, sometimes, when I mention that I am researching within English literature, the question is raised as to the relevance of literature in general, or more specific to my topic, the relevance and importance of William Blake. To answer the first part – on the relevance of literature – it seems that […]

    Spectres, Shadows, Emanations, and Eternals

    To understand William Blake’s writing is both extremely simple and entirely challenging. It all depends on which parts of his work you read. He has many types of poems. Songs of Innocence is the best entry point I would recommend. Then Songs of Experience, followed by his other shorter poems. You can read his biography […]

    Blake, Cultural Contrast, and the Cultivation of Eternity

    William Blake despised the classical culture of Ancient Greece and Rome, even while adapting its ideas (such as Plato’s Ideal Forms). He considered these cultures the antithesis of real art, bringers of war, destroyers of humanity. Neither did Blake appreciate the ancient (pre-Christian) British culture for its elite priestly class, the druids, to which were […]

    Is Your Vision Fantasy or Imagination?

    William Blake’s oeuvre contains a range of works, which, though each is unique, participate for the most part in a common mythology. Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion is one such work, a long (100-plate) illustrated poem; actually his magnum opus. Jerusalem explores the process by which humanity (represented by Albion) is restored to […]