My research focuses on Romanticist ideas of the human and conceptions of imagination, creativity, and genius. I explore how these ideas impact upon contemporary literary criticism and contemporary ideas of the human.
I am a PhD Candidate and Tutor in English at Flinders University, South Australia. I am currently completing my doctorate thesis on the trope of the daimon in William Blake’s magnum opus, Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion, read as an allegory for literary practice. My broader research interests include English and German Romantic literature, art, and philosophy, (post)humanism, contemporary literary criticism, poetry, mythopoeia, and the links between psychology and literature.
I am dedicated to excellence through research, teaching, and academic service, as a service to the wider community. Living in Adelaide with my beautiful fiancée, 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, a study of the trope of the daimon in William Blake’s Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion, and a critique of this as an allegory of new humanistic approaches to literature, in light of recent work by Andy Mousley and Bernard Harrison.
Dearing, Todd. ‘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, forthcoming.
—. ‘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.
—. ‘The Daimonic Human in William Blake.’ Natures and Spaces of Enlightenment, The David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies XVI, 15 December 2017, Griffith University, South Bank, Brisbane. Conference Presentation. dspace.flinders.edu.au/xmlui/handle/2328/38328
• Upcoming: Invitation to speak at William Blake and the Idea of the Artist, Conference at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, UK, November 2019. Paper to be presented: ‘Etching Out Blake’s Mythological Artist in Contemporary Times.’
• Upcoming: Romantic Studies Association of Australasia 2019 Conference, UNSW Canberra, Australia, November 2019. Paper to be 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, 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 professional 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 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