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; literary humanism; poetry; the philosophy of literature; and the links between cognitive science and literature. I am particularly interested in how literature engages with concepts of the imagination and reality, and their interaction, in relation to ideas of genius, creativity, human potential, and cultural development.

My doctorate research 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. 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 explores the trope of the daimon in William Blake's magnum opus Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion.

Teaching

Teaching

Another focus is my teaching in English literature.

Professional Organisations

Professional Organisations

I am the Postgraduate Representative of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Eigtheenth-Century Studies (ANZSECS), a member of the Romantics Studies Association of Australasia (RSAA), and a member of the Modern Language Association (MLA).

Publications

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, having personal and cultural value, and therefore being an essential field of scholarly research.

Blog

Blog

I also maintain a blog that informally follows the ideas and processes of my doctoral research journey.

Teaching

Tutor in engl2140: Epochs of English at Flinders University, Semester 1 2018.
Participant in Academic Internship Program for Doctoral Students at Flinders University, 2018.

Contact

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Blog

A year's musings from a doctorate journey into the world of William Blake.
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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 is 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 […]

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 […]