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Dr Robert Clarke

Robert Clarke

Lecturer, English

Room L215, Arts Building, Newnham Campus

+61 3 6324 3032 (phone)

+61 3 6324 3652 (fax)

Robert.Clarke@utas.edu.au

Teaching Responsibilities

Units

HEN101 - English 1A

HEN102 - English 1B

HEN212 - Travel Writing: Special Topic in English

HEN312 - Travel Writing: Special Topic in English

HEN314 - Australian Literature (Not offered in 2015)

Career Profile

Robert teaches in the English program and is based at the Newnham campus.

From 2005 to 2007 Robert lectured in literature and Australian Studies in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland.  In 2007, he taught units in academic writing and critical reading skills, and Australian studies, in the Faculty of Policy Studies at Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan. He came to UTAS in 2008.

Teaching Interests

Robert has convened and taught in to units on Australian literature, Australian Pop Culture and Cultural Studies, Modernism, introductory literary studies, postgraduate research methods, academic writing and critical reading. 
Robert is available to supervise in the following areas:
  • Travel writing
  • Contemporary Australian fiction
  • Book clubs and reading groups
  • Literary celebrity
  • Postcolonial literature
  • Celebrity colonialism
  • Theatrical and cultural history of Launceston and northern Tasmania
  • Creative writing

Research

Robert's research interests include travel writing with a particular focus on contemporary Australian travel writing.  He is also interested in literary celebrity, book clubs and reading groups, the literature of reconciliation, contemporary Australian fiction and literary culture, amongst other things. 
Research Projects:
  • Fictions of Reconciliation: Book Clubs and Australian Historical Fiction
  • Contemporary Australian Travel Writing
  • The Experience of Staff and Students of Distance and Flexible Education
  • Using Digital Narratives in the Literature Classroom
  • Dark Travel
  • Tasmanian Travel Writing
  • Travel cultures

Publications

Books
  • Celebrity Colonialism: Fame, Representation and Power in (Post)Colonial Cultures.  Ed. Robert Clarke. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.
  • Travel Writing from Black Australia: Utopia, Melancholia, and Aboriginality. New York: Routledge (Forthcoming 2015).
Book Chapters
  • 'The Idea of Celebrity Colonialism.' Celebrity Colonialism: Fame, Representation and Power in (Post)Colonial Cultures. Ed. Robert Clarke. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.
  •  'Reconciling Strangers: White Australian Travel Narratives and the Semiotics of Empathy.' Excursions: New Directions in Travel Writing Studies. Ed. Paul Smethurst and Julia Kuehn. New York: Routledge, 2009. 167-79.
  • 'Distant Cousins and Ordinary Australians: Encounters with Aboriginality in the 1990s.'  Text, Travelling, Text.  Ed. Rimli Bhattacharya. New Dehli.  Department of English, University of Dehli, 2004. 115-34.
  • 'Developing Cultural Citizens through Australia's Young Artists Mentoring Program' in Global Perspectives on Mentoring:  Transforming Contexts, Communities, and Cultures.  Ed. Frances K. Kochan and Joseph T. Pascarelli. Greenwich:  Information Age Publishing, 2004.  (with Dr Mary Ann Hunter).  53-72.
  • 'Australia's Sublime Desert: John McDouall Stuart and Bruce Chatwin.' In Transit: Travel, Text, Empire.  Ed. Helen Gilbert and Anna Johnston New York: Peter Lang, 2002. 149-72.
  • 'Intimate Strangers: Contemporary Australian Travel Writing, the Semiotics of Empathy, and the Therapeutics of Race.' Travel Writing: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies. 4 vols. Ed. Charles Forsdick and Tim Youngs. London: Routledge, 2012.
Journal Articles
  • 'Travel and Celebrity Culture.'  Postcolonial Studies 12.2 (2009): In Press.
  • 'Star Traveller: Celebrity, Aboriginality, and Bruce Chatwin's The Songlines (1987).' Postcolonial Studies 12.2 (2009): In Press.
  • 'Digital Storytelling in Australia: Academic Perspectives' (With Dr Andrea Adam) (In review).
  • 'An Ordinary Place: Aboriginality and 'Ordinary' Australia in Travel Writing of the 1990s.'. (In review)
  • ''New Age Trippers': Aboriginality and New Age Australian Travel Books' Studies in Travel Writing, 13.1 (2009): 25-41.
  • 'Intimate Strangers: Contemporary Australian Travel Writing, the Semiotics of Empathy, and the Therapeutics of Race.' Journal of Australian Studies 85 (2005): 69-81.
  • 'Intimate Strangers: Contemporary Australian Travel Writing, the Semiotics of Empathy, and the Therapeutics of Race.' Crossings 9.3 (2004) http://www.austlit.edu.au/
  • 'Travel Writing and Globalization.' Writing Queensland, June (2001): 6-7.
  • 'Globalization: Rupturing Totalized Analysis: Review of Frederic Jameson and Masao Miyoshi (eds). The Cultures of Globalization.' Jouvert, 5 (3), 2001 
  • (with Assoc. Prof. Anna Johnston and Assoc. Prof. Jacqueline Dutton). 'Shadow Zones: Dark Travel and Postcolonial Cultures.' Postcolonial Studies 18.4 (2014) (In Press)
  • (with Dr Sharon Thomas). 'Productive Dissonance: Using Digital Narratives in the Australian Literature Classroom' Antipodes 29.1 (2015) (In Press, accepted for Publication 7 Aug 2014).
  • (with Dr Marguerite Nolan).  'Book Clubs, Kate Grenville's The Secret River and the Ordinary Reader'' Australian Literary Studies, (Accepted for Publication 17 Feb 2014).
  • (with Dr Marguerite Nolan). 'Book Clubs and Reconciliation: A Pilot Study on Book Clubs Reading the Fictions of Reconciliation. Australian Humanities Review (In Press)
  • (with Dr Lisa Fletcher). 'First Year English at UTAS.' EduTATE October 2012: 6–7.
  • (with Dr Sharon Thomas). 'Digital Storytelling and the Humanities: An Evaluation of the Use of Digital Storytelling in an Australian Undergraduate Literary Studies Program.' Higher Education Studies 2.3 (2012): 30–43.
  • (with Dr Andrea Adam). 'Digital Storytelling in Australia: Academic Perspectives.' Arts and Humanities in Higher Education. 11.1/2 (2012): 157–76.
  • (with Dr Marguerite Nolan). 'Reading The Secret River.' Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 17.2 (2011): 9–25.
Special Issues
    • 'Tasmanian Travel Writing' Studies in Travel Writing 19.4 (2015) [In Preparation]
    • 'Shadow Zones: Dark Travel in Postcolonial Cultures' Postcolonial Studies 18.4 (2014)
    • 'Travel and Celebrity Culture.'  Postcolonial Studies 12.2 (2009) .
Selected Reviews
  • 'Rev. of Number Two Home: A Story of Japanese Pioneers in Australia by Noreen Jones.' JAS Review of Books Online 44 July 2006
  •  'Rev. of Imagining Australia: Literature and Culture in the New New World ed. Judith Ryan and Chris-Wallace-Crabbe.' Australian Literary Studies 22.3 (2006): 391-93.
  • 'Rev. of Xavier Pons (ed), Departures: How Australia Reinvents Itself.' Journal of Australian Studies, 75, 2002. 154.
  • 'Rev. of Prosthetic Gods: Travel. Representation and Colonial Governance by Robert Dixon.' M/C Review, 31 October 2001
  • 'A Sad Story of the Death of a King: Rev. of Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Kind Richard II, Performed by Queensland Theatre Company.' M/C Review, 31 October 2001
  • 'Rev. of Ma Jian's Red Dust: A Path Through China.' M/C Review, 26 July 2001
  • 'Rev. of The Small Poppies.' M/C Review, 7 June 2001
  •  'Globalization: Rupturing Totalized Analysis: Review of Frederic Jameson and Masao Miyoshi (eds).  The Cultures of Globalization.' Jouvert, 5 (3), 2001

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Research Fields

  • Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) (200502)
  • English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL) (130204)
  • Literary Studies (200599)
  • Language, Communication and Culture (209999)
  • Postcolonial Studies (200211)
  • Cultural Studies (200299)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature (200501)
  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
  • Consumption and Everyday Life (200203)
  • Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (200201)
  • Globalisation and Culture (200206)

Research Impact

  • Languages and Literature (950203)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture (970120)
  • Cultural Understanding (959999)
  • School/Institution Community and Environment (930402)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Arts and Leisure (950199)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • School/Institution (930499)
  • Education and Training Theory and Methodology (939902)
  • Communication (950299)
  • Education and Training Systems Policies and Development (930501)
  • Understanding Australia's Past (950503)
  • Citizenship and National Identity (940106)
  • Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare (940111)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development and Welfare (940102)
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)

Publications

Total publications

33

Highlighted publications

(2 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2009Journal ArticleClarke R, ''New Age Trippers': Aboriginality and Australian New Age Travel Books', Studies in Travel Writing, 13, (1) pp. 27-43. ISSN 1364-5145 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13645140802611283 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3

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2005Journal ArticleClarke RGH, 'Intimate Strangers: Contemporary Australian Travel Writing, the Semiotics of Empathy, and the Therapeutics of Race', Journal of Australian Studies, 29, (85) pp. 69-81. ISSN 1444-3058 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14443050509388017 [eCite] [Details]

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Journal Article

(18 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Clarke R, 'Island home: returning to Tasmania in Peter Conrad's Down Home (1988) and Tim Bowden's The Devil in Tim (2005)', Studies in Travel Writing, 20, (1) pp. 100-115. ISSN 1364-5145 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13645145.2015.1134827 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Fletcher L, Clarke R, Crane R, Gaby R, Milthorpe NE, et al., 'The Teaching of English in Tasmania: Building Links Between Senior Secondary and Tertiary Teachers', English in Australia, 51, (1) pp. 25-33. ISSN 0155-2147 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Fletcher L; Crane R; Gaby R; Milthorpe NE; Stark H

2016Clarke R, Johnston A, 'Traveling the Sequestered Isle: Tasmania as Penitentiary, Laboratory, and Sanctuary', Studies in Travel Writing, 20, (1) pp. 1-16. ISSN 1364-5145 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13645145.2015.1136091 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Johnston A

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2015Clarke R, Thomas S, 'Productive Dissonance: Using Digital Narratives in the Australian Literature Classroom', Antipodes, 29, (2) pp. 327-339. ISSN 0893-5580 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Thomas S

2015Natalier K, Clarke RGH, 'Online Learning and the Education Encounter in a Neo-Liberal University: A Case Study', Higher Education Studies, 5, (2) pp. 62-73. ISSN 1925-4741 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5539/hes.v5n2p62 [eCite] [Details]

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2014Clarke R, Dutton J, Johnston A, 'Shadow zones: dark travel and postcolonial cultures', Postcolonial Studies, 17, (3) pp. 221-235. ISSN 1368-8790 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13688790.2014.993426 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Johnston A

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2014Clarke RGH, Nolan M, 'Book Clubs and Reconciliation: A Pilot Study on Book Clubs Reading the Fictions of Reconciliation'', Australian Humanities Review, 56 pp. 121-140. ISSN 1835-8063 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014Nolan M, Clarke RGH, 'Reading Groups and Reconciliation: Kate Grenville's The Secret River and the Ordinary Reader', Australian Literary Studies, 29, (4) pp. 19-35. ISSN 0004-9697 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.20314/als.589e1e5b02 [eCite] [Details]

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2012Clarke RGH, Thomas S, 'Digital Narrative and the Humanities: An Evaluation of the Use of Digital Storytelling in an Australian Undergraduate Literary Studies Program', Higher Education Studies, 2, (3) pp. 30-43. ISSN 1925-4741 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5539/hes.v2n3p30 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Thomas S

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2012Fletcher LM, Clarke RGH, 'First Year English at UTAS', EduTATE, (October 2012) pp. 6-7. (2012) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Fletcher LM

2011Clarke R, Adam A, 'Digital storytelling in Australia: Academic Perspectives and Reflections', Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 11, (1-2) pp. 157-176. ISSN 1741-265X (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1474022210374223 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3

Co-authors: Adam A

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2011Nolan M, Clarke RGH, 'Reading The Secret River', The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, 17, Number 2, (2011) pp. 9-25. ISSN 1073-1687 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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2009Clarke R, ''New Age Trippers': Aboriginality and Australian New Age Travel Books', Studies in Travel Writing, 13, (1) pp. 27-43. ISSN 1364-5145 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13645140802611283 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3

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2009Clarke RGH, 'Travel and celebrity culture: an introduction', Postcolonial Studies, 12, (2) pp. 145-152. ISSN 1368-8790 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13688790902887148 [eCite] [Details]

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2009Clarke RGH, 'Star traveller: celebrity, Aboriginality, and Bruce Chatwin's The Songlines (1987)', Postcolonial Studies, 12, (2) pp. 229-246. ISSN 1368-8790 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13688790902887197 [eCite] [Details]

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2009Clarke RGH, 'Postcolonial Studies', 12, (2) pp. 143-261. ISSN 1368-8790 (2009) [Edited Journal]

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2009Clarke RGH, 'An Ordinary Place: Aboriginality and 'Ordinary' Australia in travel writing of the 1990s', Journeys: The International Journal of Travel and Travel Writing, 10, (2) pp. 65-88. ISSN 1465-2609 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3167/jys.2009.100204 [eCite] [Details]

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2005Clarke RGH, 'Intimate Strangers: Contemporary Australian Travel Writing, the Semiotics of Empathy, and the Therapeutics of Race', Journal of Australian Studies, 29, (85) pp. 69-81. ISSN 1444-3058 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14443050509388017 [eCite] [Details]

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Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Clarke R, 'Travel Writing from Black Australia: Utopia, Melancholia and Aboriginality', Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, New York, pp. 191. ISBN 9780415729208 (2016) [Authored Research Book]

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2009Clarke RGH, 'Celebrity Colonialism: Fame, Power and Representation in Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures', Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 353. ISBN 1-4438-1351-6 (2009) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2012Clarke RGH, ''Intimate Strangers: Contemporary Australian Travel Writing, the Semiotics of Empathy, and the Therapeutics of Race', Travel Writing: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies, Routledge, Charles Forsdick and Tim Youngs (ed), New York, pp. 189-201. ISBN 9780415374989 (2012) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2009Clarke R, 'Reconciling Strangers: White Australian Travel Narratives and the Semiotics of Empathy', Travel Writing, Form, and Empire: The Poetics and Politics of Mobility, Routledge, J Kuehn and P Smethurst (ed), New York, pp. 167-79. ISBN 0-415-96294-3 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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2009Clarke RGH, 'The Idea of Celebrity Colonialism: An Introduction', Celebrity Colonialism: Fame, Power and Representaiton in Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Robert Clarke (ed), Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 1-12. ISBN 1-4438-1351-6 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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2004Clarke RGH, 'Distant Cousins and Ordinary Australians: Encounters with Aboriginality in the 1990s', Text, Travelling, Text, Department of English, University of Delhi, Rimli Bhattacharya (ed), New Delhi, pp. 115-34. (2004) [Other Book Chapter]

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2004Clarke RGH, Hunter MA, 'Developing Cultural Citizens through Australia's Young Artists Mentoring Program', Global Perspectives on Mentoring: Transforming Contexts, Communities, and Cultures, Information Age Publishing, Frances K. Kochlan and Joseph T. Pascarelli (ed), Greenwich, pp. 53-72. ISBN 1930608381 (2004) [Research Book Chapter]

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2002Clarke RGH, 'Australia's Sublime Desert: John McDouall Stuart and Bruce Chatwin', In Transit: Travel, Text, Empire, Peter Lang, Helen Gilbert and Anna Johnston (ed), New York, pp. 149-72. ISBN 0-8204-5699-3 (2002) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2012Clarke RGH, 'The Branded Isles', Postcolonial Studies, 15, (3) pp. 393-394. ISSN 1368-8790 (2012) [Review Single Work]

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Thesis

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2006Clarke RGH, 'The Utopia of the Senses: White Travellers in Black Australia, 1980-2002' (2006) [PhD]

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2000Clarke RGH, 'Sublime Travel: Allegory in Three Central Australian Travel Texts' (2000) [Masters Research]

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Other Public Output

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Clarke R, 'Forgetting Martin Bryant: what to remember when we talk about Port Arthur', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, April 28 (2016) [Magazine Article]

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2014Clarke RGH, Hookway NS, 'Reading in the Regions: A Scoping Study of Online and F2F Book Club Activity in Northern Tasmania', Culture Domain: Culture. Connectivity. Community., UTAS, Hobart, 1, pp. 14-15. (2014) [Internal Newsletter]

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Co-authors: Hookway NS

2013Clarke RGH, 'Book Clubs prove to be popular', The Sunday Examiner, The Sunday Examiner 3rd Nov 2013, Tasmania (2013) [Media Interview]

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2012Fletcher LM, Clarke RGH, 'First Year English at UTAS', EduTATE, Tasmania, Tasmanian Association for the Teaching of English, Oct 2012 (2012) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: Fletcher LM

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$18,974

Projects

Reading Reconciliation: Book Clubs, Contemporary Fiction and Reconciliation (2013)$10,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($10,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Clarke RGH
Year
2013
Contemporary Travel Writing and Australian Aboriginality (2008)$8,974
Funding
University of Tasmania ($8,974)
Scheme
Grant-New Appointees Research Grant Scheme (NARGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Clarke RGH
Year
2008

Research Supervision

Current

3

Completed

4

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDWriting in the midst of an unfolding disaster: Ecocritical perspectives on contemporary imaginative representations of Tasmanian wilderness2011
PhDThe Non/Human in the Anthropocene: A critical and creative approach2015
PhDShapeless Things: TheIintersection of Literary and Philosophical Inquiry2015

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
MastersGenre Theory and the Practice of Genre Fiction: A tightrope in the dark
Candidate: Launz Ty Burch
2015
PhDThe Woman Who Did: Janet Achurch, Ibsen, and the New Woman
Candidate: Christine Judith Angel
2014
PhDThis Mortal Coil: Travel, Identity, Mortality in the Work of Robert Dessaix
Candidate: Adam William Ouston
2013
MastersDefying Defoe: Rewriting the Castaway Hero
Candidate: Ursula Horlock
2013