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.
As a PhD Candidate and Tutor in English literature 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 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.
Ars longa, vita brevis – “life is short, art long” – Hippocrates
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.
• 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 critical and creative thinking, speaking, reading, and writing. These are immensely valuable skills for success in the world, and for personal growth and understanding.
• 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)
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I am actively engaged in demonstrating the humanities (especially literary studies) as an irreplaceable 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.
The skills gained through humanities learning culminate in 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