BA Melb, PhD Melb
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Lisa teaches in the English program, and has particular interest in popular and literary historical fiction, and the representation of place in diverse cultural fields. She has published in a range of journals including the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, the Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, and new literatures review.
Her monograph, Historical Romance Fiction: Heterosexuality and Performativity,was published by Ashgate in 2008 and the e-book is scheduled for publication in 2010. She has also published two text guides in the Insight Text Guide series: Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence, and Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring.
She is currently writing Cave (with Ralph Crane) for Reaktion Books' 'Earth Series' (to be published in 2013).
Lisa is currently teaching or contributing to several units at the University of Tasmania:
Lisa is also the First-year Coordinator (English)
She has supervised dissertations and theses at Honours, MA and PhD levels on various topics including:
She is available to supervise in the following areas:
Lisa's main research interests are in:
Cave (Reaktion Books)
Lisa is writing Cave in collaboration with Ralph Crane. This illustrated book will be a volume in Reaktion Books’ new ‘Earth’ series and is scheduled for publication in 2013. Cave will explore the roles caves have played in history and the human imagination. This research considers caves not only as wonders of nature and as habitats for flora and fauna, but also in terms of the multifarious cultural roles they have played and continue to play in human experience. Together, the text and illustrations in this book will explore perceptions of caves over the centuries and across the world, offering the reader a cultural and psychological history of these dark places of the earth.
Colonial Adventure Fiction
In collaboration with Ralph Crane Lisa is working on a series of publications in the field of colonial adventure fiction. They have presented a conference paper on illustrations in G.A. Henty's Indian fictions and plan a series of journal articles and book chapters on adventure fiction published in magazines and in book form during the period of British high imperialism, as well as a monograph that will focus on Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, G.A. Henty's In Times of Peril, H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines, and A.E.W.Mason's The Four Feathers.
Island Studies and Literature
Lisa is committed to enhancing the role of literary studies in the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of island studies. She is a member of the international editorial board of Island Studies Journal and has published essays about the textual representation of Pitcairn Island, and the role of theory in island studies. She is currently working on an article about Amitav Ghosh's novel The Hungry Tide which argues that literature has much to contribute to the theoretical work of island studies.
Popular Romance Studies
Lisa's research in the rapidly growing field on popular romance studies focuses on historical romance novels; she is especially interested in the way love stories set in the past define and depict heterosexuality. Her most recent work in this field focuses on Georgette Heyer. She was an invited speaker at the inaugural conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (Brisbane 2009) and is a member of the editorial board of the association's journal, the Journal of Popular Romance Studies.
Authorised by the Interim Head of School, Social Sciences and the Acting Head of School, Humanities
20 May, 2013