As a researcher, I am interested in the literary role of human imagination, creativity, and genius, and how the experience of reading literature may promote individual and cultural development.
I am a PhD Candidate and Tutor in English at Flinders University, South Australia. I am dedicated to academic excellence through research, teaching, and service.
My doctorate research articulates a new, pluralistic, and inquisitive methodology 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. My research interests include Romanticism; eighteenth-century English and German literature, art, and philosophy; new literary humanism and contemporary literary criticism; the current-day relevance of Romanticism and the Enlightenment; and the links between cognitive science and literature.
Living in Adelaide, I enjoy a lifestyle of healthy, well-rounded development, pursuing knowledge, creativity, and the exploration of all that it means to be human.
Ars longa, vita brevis – “life is short, art long” – Hippocrates
I am currently completing 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.
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• Romanticism and Time, Conference of the French Society for the Study of English Romanticism (SERA), Université de Lille, France, 2018.
____Paper presented: ‘Creating Time: Chronos and Kairos in William Blake’s Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion’
• The Literary Interface, 2018 Literary Studies Convention, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 2018
• 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, 2017.
____Paper presented: ‘The Daimonic Human in William Blake’
• 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)
• Member, Société d’Études du Romantisme Anglais (SERA)
• 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
• Academic Internship Program for Doctoral Students, Flinders University, 2018.
Teaching English literature as an inclusive, innovative practice is a key to personal and cultural development because it facilitates mastery of 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.
I am actively engaged in demonstrating the humanities (especially literary studies) as an important aspect of human civilisation, one which is capable of regenerating and renewing personal and cultural value in numerous unique ways, and is therefore 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, rapidly evolving world.1