I am an early career researcher whose work investigates the intersection of Romantic literature, art, psychology, and philosophy. I focus on Romanticist ideas of the human and conceptions of imagination, creativity, and genius, exploring how these ideas impact upon contemporary literary studies, art, and what it means to be human in the twenty-first century.

I have presented my research both nationally and internationally at a range of academic conferences, as well as to public audiences at local council venues. As an early career academic, I value excellence in research, teaching, and leadership as a way of service to the academic and wider community.

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Academic Qualifications

PhD thesis currently under examination for Doctor of Philosophy (English Literature), Flinders University, 2020
• Bachelor of Arts with First-Class Honours (Art History), Charles Sturt University/Griffith University, 2016


PhD Thesis

My doctorate thesis (currently under examination) studies the trope of the daimon in William Blake’s Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion as an allegory for Blake’s humanism. I show how Blake’s daimon provides a methodology for understanding and developing our own humanity through literature.


Research Interests

  • English Romanticism
  • German Romanticism
  • Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Anglo-German Romantic culture and thought
  • Cognitive poetics
  • William Blake
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Johann Wilhelm von Goethe
  • Johann Georg Hamann
  • Wilhelm von Humboldt
  • Psychology and literature
  • Language, poetry, mythology, mythopoesis
  • Imagination, genius, creativity, the daimon
  • Deep history, archeo-psychology, embodied imagination
  • Narratology and characterisation
  • Contemporary literary theory, practice, pedagogy, and criticism
  • The Humanities – past, present, and future
  • New literary humanism
  • Art history
  • Human potential
  • Literature and wisdom

Grants, Scholarships, and Awards

• Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, Flinders University, 2017-2020
• Conference Travel Funding, William Blake and the Idea of the Artist, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, United Kingdom, 2019
• Travel Bursary, Romantic Futures Symposium, Enlightenment Romanticism Contemporary Culture Research Unit, University of Melbourne, 2019
• Travel Bursary, Reading Writing Rioting Symposium, Enlightenment Romanticism Contemporary Culture Research Unit, University of Melbourne, 2019
• Horizon Professional Development Award, Platinum (with Leadership Specialisation), Flinders University, 2019
• Academic Internship Program for Doctoral Students (1-year program), Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), Flinders University, 2018
• Project Funding Award for HDR Students, Flinders University, 2018
• Horizon Professional Development Award, Gold, Flinders University, 2018
• Horizon Professional Development Award, Silver, Flinders University, 2017
• Dean’s Award, Charles Sturt University, 2016
• Honours Scholarship, Charles Sturt University, 2016


Publications

• Dearing, Todd. ‘Daimonic Art: Mediating Text and Imagery in Blake’s Jerusalem.’ Journal of Romanticism, forthcoming.
• —. ‘David Stewart, The Form of Poetry in the 1820s and 1830s: A Period of Doubt.’ Review of The Form of Poetry in the 1820s and 1830s, by David Stewart. Victoriographies, vol. 10, no. 1, 2020, pp. 110-12.
• —. ‘Romanticism and Time, Conference of the French Society for the Study of English Romanticism (SERA), Université de Lille, France, 8-10 November 2018.’ RSAA Digest, vol. 5, no. 3, September-December 2018, pp. 6-9. Conference Report.


Academic Presentations

Invited Speaker
• William Blake and the Idea of the Artist, Conference at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, UK, November 2019.
___Paper presented: ‘Etching Out Blake’s Mythological Artist in Contemporary Times.’

Conference Delegate
• Embodying Romanticism, Romantic Studies Association of Australasia 2019 Conference, UNSW Canberra, Australia, November 2019.
___Paper presented: ‘Finding Infinite Imagination within the Clay Man: Merlin and Reuben in Blake’s Jerusalem.’
• Romanticism and Time, Conference of the French Society for the Study of English Romanticism (SERA), Université de Lille, France, November 2018.
___Paper presented: ‘Creating Time: Chronos and Kairos in William Blake’s Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion.’
• Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment, The David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies XVI, Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Brisbane, Australia, December 2017.
___Paper presented: ‘The Daimonic Human in William Blake.’


Professional Organisations

• Postgraduate Representative and Webmaster, Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ANZSECS)
• Graduate Researcher, Enlightenment Romanticism Contemporary Culture (ERCC)
• Member, Romantics Studies Association of Australasia (RSAA)
• Member, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR)
• Member, Société d’Études du Romantisme Anglais (SERA)
• Member, Australasian Association for Literature (AAL)


Teaching Experience

• Tutor, ENGL2140: Epochs of English, Flinders University, Semester 1 2019
• Tutor, ENGL1101: Approaches to Literature, Flinders University, Semester 1 2019
• Guest Lecturer, ‘Interpreting Poetry,’ ENGL1102: Literary Interpretations, Flinders University, 6 August 2018.
• Tutor, ENGL2140: Epochs of English, Flinders University, Semester 1 2018

As an experienced teacher of undergraduate literary studies topics, I have expertise in English literature, Romantic literature and art, literary theory, literary criticism, poetry, literature and philosophy, the history of English literature, art history, and reading methodologies. My philosophy of teaching sees English literature as an inclusive, innovative practice, and a key to students’ personal, professional, and cultural development because it facilitates critical and creative thinking, speaking, reading, and writing. These are immensely valuable skills for success in the world through improved communication, cultural understanding, and personal growth.


The Humanities

I am actively engaged in demonstrating the humanities (especially literary studies) as a valuable aspect of human life, one capable of regenerating and renewing personal and cultural meaning in numerous ways. The humanities are an essential field of scholarly research and teaching of benefit to humanity in our global twenty-first century.

The skills gained through humanities learning culminate in a mastery of critical and creative thinking, speaking, reading, and writing, which are recognised by leading global employers as keys to success in this dynamic and rapidly evolving world.1


ORCID Profile: orcid.org/0000-0002-0148-1286

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