As a researcher, I am interested in conceptions of human imagination, creativity, and genius, explored through works of literature.
I am a PhD Candidate and Tutor in English at Flinders University, South Australia. My doctorate research explores the trope of the daimon in William Blake’s work of illuminated print, Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion, and critiques this as an allegory for new humanistic approaches to reading literature.
I am dedicated to excellence through research, teaching, and academic service. My broader 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; post-humanism; and the links between cognitive science and literature.
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 for humanistic approaches to reading literature.
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’
• 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