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Elizabeth Leane

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Elizabeth Leane

Associate Professor of English and ARC Future Fellow

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Associate Professor Elizabeth Leane is studying the passion for literature that the hostile continent of Antarctica evokes, and the power in turn of literature to influence what we think and feel about Antarctica. Her work highlights the need for a presence of the humanities as well as the sciences in Antarctic research.

"I am interested in the stories that we tell about Antarctica... in the kinds of stories that we tell in Antarctica. I am interested in what people read when they go to Antarctica... in how they think about it before they get there - how what they've read, also what they've seen on television, in the movies, in photographs determines what they think about that place."

Elizabeth Leane - November 2015

Could the future of the Antarctic depend on literature as well as science?

The South Pole is a place that many of us will only ever travel to in our minds. Antarctica is the coldest, wildest, most inhospitable place for humans on earth. Every summer, scientists from around the world journey south on an icebreaker to continue their research. Antarctica has been dubbed the 'continent for science.' But, is it just a land of science? Antarctica is a place that most arts students consider off limits, yet the wild grandeur of the South Polar region seems to compel those who experience it to write. It is a land of paradoxes: of beauty and brutality, of violence and serenity, of careful analysis and wild speculation.

'Antarctica's future depends on attitudes towards the continent, which are influenced by the way it is depicted,' said Associate Professor Leane. 'It is important to consider how texts have imagined a place and impacted on the way we think about it'.

Do people think of the South Pole as a place of beauty, science or heroism? Do they think of it as a resource to be exploited or a place of catastrophic climate change? How people imagine it will affect its future, and what people think depends on narratives.'

The term out of sight, out of mind is particularly true where Antarctica is concerned. Literature is one of the only ways to capture the hearts and minds of those with the power to protect it.

Climate change has shown us that science alone can't change the world. Only public opinion can force governments to act. A compelling narrative has the power to capture imaginations and inform the public of what they stand to lose, and inspire them to act.

Associate Professor Leane has a Bachelor of Science with a physics major and a Bachelor of Arts. As a Rhodes scholar, she attained her PhD in literature at Oxford. In 2004, she travelled to the far south as an Arts Fellow with the Australian Antarctic Division. The expedition stopped at Macquarie Island on the way home.

'We went on a hike to Bauer Bay and stayed in a hut that night. As I listened to the elephant seals outside and the surf crashing on the rocks, I read the hut's log books, which went back as far as the 1960s,' said Associate Professor Leane.

'I was surprised to see what people staying in the hut, who were predominantly scientists, had written. There were poems, musings and incredibly creative anecdotes that were clearly a passionate response to the wild surroundings.

'Seeing what people wrote made me realise just how important literary expression is in a wilderness environment.'

Literature is a powerful way to express the intense emotions that Antarctica triggers. The desire to read while in Antarctica is also strong. Books and stories play a huge role on this continent devoted to science.

'It is quite a paradox,' said Associate Professor Leane. 'Although Antarctica is a vast continent with no permanent populations, people living there find themselves in close quarters with others in situations that could feel claustrophobic. Reading literature - immersing yourself in an imaginary world - is one way of dealing with this.

'But reading can also be very social. In the early expeditions, we find explorers reading out loud to one another, exchanging their favourite novels and even naming their surrounds after places in those books. I'm really fascinated by the function that literature plays in extreme environments.'   

By combining her love of science with her passion for literature, Associate Professor Leane has found a rich and largely untapped resource in Antarctica for the humanities to embrace.

Associate Professor Elizabeth Leane holds an ARC Future Fellowship split between the School of Humanities and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. With degrees in both science and literature, she is interested in building bridges between disciplines, and particularly in bringing the insights of the humanities to the study of the Antarctic. She is the author of South Pole: Nature and CultureAntarctica in Fiction, and Reading Popular Physics and the co-editor of Considering Animals and Imagining Antarctica. In addition to her Antarctic work, her research areas include literature and place; the relationship between literature and science; and human-animal studies.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDContemporary Popular Physics: An Interchange between Literature and ScienceUniversity of OxfordUnited Kingdom2003
MSt(Research Methods in English - Modern Period)University of OxfordUnited Kingdom2003
BA(Hons) University of AdelaideAustralia1995
BSc University of AdelaideAustralia1992

Biography

Elizabeth began her academic career in science, finishing a BSc in physics, for which she was awarded the Silver Bragg Medal, before moving into English studies. She undertook her doctorate in English literature at the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

After coming to the University of Tasmania to work in the English program, Elizabeth developed a research interest in the Antarctic, where she travelled as an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow in early 2004. She currently holds an ARC Future Fellowship split between UTAS's School of Humanities and Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. Her work focuses on the representation of the Antarctic in a wide range of texts and she often collaborates with academics in other fields, from musicology to marine biology.

She is co-chair of the Humanities and Social Science Expert Group within the international Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research and Arts Editor of The Polar Journal. Her books include Reading Popular Physics (Ashgate, 2007), Antarctica in Fiction (Cambridge, 2012) and South Pole: Nature and Culture (Reaktion, 2016); and the co-edited collections Considering Animals (Ashgate, 2011) and Imagining Antarctica (Quintus, 2011). In addition to her current fellowship, she has led two ARC Discovery Grants, and is currently part of the “Antarctic Cities” ARC Linkage Project led by UWS.

Research Themes

Elizabeth's research aligns with the University's theme of Marine, Antarctica and Maritime; she is co-director of this theme, along with Irene Penesis. Her main goal is to increase the knowledge and awareness of the Antarctic region within the humanities and to facilitate conversations with the scientific community. Her research also relates to the theme area of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. She is co-director of the Multidisciplinary Environment Research Group, College of Arts and Law.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Co-chair of Executive Committee, Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group (HASSEG) of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR). HASSEG brings together researchers in the humanities and social sciences with an interest in the Antarctic region.
  • Arts Editor, The Polar JournalThis journal is a peer-reviewed forum for the scholarly discussion of polar issues from a social science and humanities perspective.

Committee associations

  • State Secretary, Tasmanian Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee
  • Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee member, Tasmania (2003-7) and Australia-at-large (2004-6)

Other

Administrative expertise

In addition to those listed above, Elizabeth has held a number of administrative roles, including (in the previous School of English, Journalism and European Languages) English Honours Coordinator (Sem. 2, 2007); School Postgraduate Coordinator (2010); School Research Coordinator (2010-12); and Deputy Head of School (2011-12).  She has co-organised a number of international conferences, including Considering Animals (2007), Antarctic Visions (2008) and Imagining Antarctica (2010), and is convening the Depths and Surfaces conference in 2017.

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Elizabeth has designed and coordinated units focused on the literary canon, nineteenth-century British literature, science and literature, literary representations of Antarctica and science fiction.

Teaching responsibility

Although currently holding a research fellowship, Elizabeth gives guest lectures in the English program and the Bachelor of Antarctic Studies, including the following units

Research Invitations

  • Invited speaker, ‘Interdisciplinary Pathways to Antarctica,” 9 August 2017, University of Wollongong.
  • Invited speaker, 'Antarctica: A Continent for the Humanities' workshop, 5-8 Sept. 2013, Royal Swedish Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Keynote speaker, Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (ADSA) conference, 3-6 July 2012, Queensland University of Technology and University of Queensland, Brisbane.
  • Keynote speaker, 'Antarctica: Music, Sound, and Cultural Connections,' Australian National University, 27-29 June 2011.

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Expertise

  • Literary and cultural perspectives on the Antarctic
  • Literature and place
  • Literature and environment
  • Human-animal studies
  • Science writing, particularly popularisation of science

Awards

  • 2010 University of Tasmania 'Rising Stars' Award ($75,000); this award recognises 'outstanding research talent' in staff at Level B and C
  • 2007 Reading Popular Physics shortlisted (one of six books) for the British Society for Literature and Science Book Prize
  • 2004 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship (Aurora Australis Voyage 7 to Casey and Macquarie Island stations, Feb-March)

Collaboration

Elizabeth frequently collaborates with other researchers in a range of disciplines, co-authoring and co-editing publications with scholars in musicology, cultural geography, visual arts, film studies, geopolitics, media studies and marine biology. She regularly works with other UTAS staff, including Dr Carolyn Philpott (in the Conservatorium of Music) and Dr Steve Nicol (adjunct professor in marine biology in IMAS).  She is currently collaborating with an international group of scholars in Australia, India and New Zealand to look at issues around nationalism and wilderness in Antarctica. Her other collaborative projects underway at the moment look at issues around Antarctic tourism and heritage; place and genre fiction; and 'gateway cities.' She has spent time as a visiting scholar at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge, UK, and at Gateway Antarctica at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, where she has also co-supervised several postgraduate research projects.

Current projects

  • Antarctic Travel Writing
  • Antarctica in genre fiction, particularly thrillers and adventure narratives
  • Nationalism and Wilderness in Antarctica
  • 'Heroic-Era' diaries
  • Antarctic gateway cities, tourism and heritage
  • Charisma, celebrity and animals, particularly in an Antarctic and Subantarctic context

Fields of Research

  • Literary Studies (200599)
  • Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) (200502)
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology (190409)
  • British and Irish Literature (200503)
  • Cultural Studies (200299)
  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
  • Language, Communication and Culture (209999)
  • Cultural Theory (200204)
  • Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing (199999)
  • Cinema Studies (190201)
  • Heritage and Cultural Conservation (210202)
  • International Relations (160607)
  • Globalisation and Culture (200206)
  • Public Policy (160510)
  • Film, Television and Digital Media (190299)
  • History and Archaeology (219999)
  • Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
  • Education Policy (160506)
  • Pacific Literature (200507)
  • North American Literature (200506)
  • Performance and Installation Art (190504)
  • Psychology (170199)
  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
  • Defence Studies (160604)
  • History and Philosophy of the Humanities (220207)
  • Human Geography (160499)
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology (160104)
  • Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
  • Web Technologies (excl. Web Search) (080505)
  • Environmental Sociology (160802)
  • Historical Studies (210399)

Research Objectives

  • Languages and Literature (950203)
  • Cultural Understanding (959999)
  • Communication (950299)
  • Understanding Australia's Past (950503)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture (970120)
  • Environment (969999)
  • Music (950101)
  • Understanding Past Societies (950599)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance) (950105)
  • Arts and Leisure (950199)
  • Heritage (950399)
  • Communication Across Languages and Culture (950201)
  • Visual Communication (950205)
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960801)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design (970112)
  • Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis (940204)
  • Gender Aspects of Education (939904)
  • International Relations (940399)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing (970119)
  • Health (929999)
  • Urban Planning (870105)
  • Sustainability Indicators (960609)
  • Application Tools and System Utilities (890202)

Publications

Elizabeth is the author of South Pole (2016), Antarctica in Fiction (2012) and Reading Popular Physics (2007), and the co-editor of Considering Animals (2011) and Imagining Antarctica (2011). She has published in a diverse range of journals, including The Review of English Studies, Performance Research, New Theatre Quarterly, Australian Humanities Review, Science Fiction Studies, Signs, Anthrozoƶs, Polar Record and The Polar Journal. She is regularly invited to contribute to essay collections, including The Oxford History of the Novel (vol. 9), the Routledge Handbook of the Polar Regions and Handbook on the Politics of the Antarctic (Edward Elgar). She is the Arts Editor of The Polar Journal.

Elizabeth has also published in more popular formats, including the Australian Antarctic Magazine and Wildlife Australia. With Mark Pharaoh of the South Australian Museum, she co-wrote the introduction to the facsimile edition of The Adelie Blizzard, the newspaper of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Since 2001 Elizabeth has been developing an online bibliography entitled 'Representations of Antarctica'. This resource lists selected Antarctic-related poetry, drama, fiction, film, and literary and cultural criticism. This project is ongoing; comments, queries and suggested additions are always welcome.

Total publications

82

Highlighted publications

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2016BookLeane E, 'South Pole: Nature and Culture', Reaktion Books Ltd, London, pp. 232. ISBN 9781780235967 (2016) [Authored Research Book]

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2012BookLeane E, 'Antarctica in Fiction: Imaginative Narratives of the Far South', Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 250. ISBN 9781107020825 (2012) [Authored Research Book]

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2011BookFreeman CJ, Leane E, Watt YM, 'Considering Animals: Contemporary Case Studies in Human-Animal Relations', Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 252. ISBN 978-1-4094-0013-4 (2011) [Edited Book]

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Co-authors: Freeman CJ; Watt YM

2007BookLeane E, 'Reading Popular Physics: Disciplinary Skirmishes and Textual Strategies', Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 198. ISBN 978-0-7546-5850-4 (2007) [Authored Research Book]

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Journal Article

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2017Leane E, 'A brief history of Stephen Hawkings blockbuster', Nature: Books and Arts, 541 pp. 28-29. ISSN 0028-0836 (2017) [Non Refereed Article]

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2016Hardy A, McDonald J, Guijt R, Leane E, Martin A, et al., 'Academic parenting: work-family conflict and strategies across child age, disciplines and career level', Studies in Higher Education pp. 1-19. ISSN 0307-5079 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2016.1185777 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hardy A; McDonald J; Guijt R; Martin A; James A; Jones M; Corban M; Green B

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2016Leane E, Philpott C, 'What's wrong with expeditioner'?', Polar Record pp. 1-2. ISSN 0032-2474 (2016) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1017/S0032247416000772 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Philpott C

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2016Leane E, Winter T, Salazar JF, 'Caught between nationalism and internationalism: replicating histories of Antarctica in Hobart', International Journal of Heritage Studies, 22, (3) pp. 214-227. ISSN 1352-7258 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2015.1114010 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

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2016Philpott C, Leane E, 'Making music on the march: sledging songs of the 'heroic age' of Antarctic exploration', Polar Record, 52, (6) pp. 698-716. ISSN 0032-2474 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0032247416000255 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Philpott C

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2016Leane E, 'Tasmania from below: Antarctic travellers accounts of a southern 'gateway'', Studies in Travel Writing, 20, (1) pp. 34-48. ISSN 1364-5145 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13645145.2015.1131513 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2015Hemmings AD, Chaturvedl S, Leane E, Ligget D, Salazar JF, 'Nationalism in Today's Antarctic', Yearbook of Polar Law, 7 pp. 531-555. ISSN 1876-8814 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1163/2211-6427_020 [eCite] [Details]

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2014Philpott C, McIntyre S, Leane E, 'Songs of the South: A Song Cycle for Mezzo Soprano and Piano Based on Lyrics from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration', International Journal of Contemporary Composition, 9 pp. 1-43. ISSN 2304-4098 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Philpott C; McIntyre S

2014Leane E, Philpott C, Nielsen H, 'Scott at the Opera: Interpreting Das Opfer (1937)', The Polar Journal, 4, (2) pp. 354-376. ISSN 2154-896X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/2154896X.2014.954884 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Philpott C; Nielsen H

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2013Leane E, 'Yesterday's tomorrows and tomorrow's yesterdays: utopian literary visions of Antarctic futures', The Polar Journal, 3, (2) pp. 333-347. ISSN 2154-8978 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/2154896X.2013.854599 [eCite] [Details]

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2013Leane E, 'Icescape theatre: staging the Antarctic', Performance Research: A Journal of Performing Arts, 18, (6) pp. 18-28. ISSN 1352-8165 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13528165.2013.908051 [eCite] [Details]

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2013Lucas A, Leane Elizabeth, 'Two pages of Xavier Mertz's missing Antarctic diary: a contextualization and reconstruction', Polar Record, 49, (250) pp. 297-306. ISSN 0032-2474 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0032247412000460 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Lucas A

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2013Nielsen H, Leane Elizabeth, ''Scott of the Antarctic' on the German Stage: Reinhard Goering's Die Sudpolexpedition des Kapitans Scott', New Theatre Quarterly, 29, (3) pp. 278-293. ISSN 0266-464X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0266464X13000468 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Nielsen H

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2011Brady A, Jabour JA, Haward MG, Nuttall M, Hemmings A, et al., 'The Polar Journal', 1, (1) ISSN 2154-896X (2011) [Edited Journal]

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Co-authors: Jabour JA; Haward MG

2011Leane E, 'The Cultural Turn in Antarctic Studies', 1, (2) ISSN 2154-896X (2011) [Edited Journal]

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2011Leane E, Nicol S, 'Charismatic krill? Size and conservation in the ocean', Anthrozoos: A Multidisciplinary Journal on The Interactions of People and Animals, 24, (2) pp. 135-146. ISSN 0892-7936 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2752/175303711X12998632257549 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Nicol S

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2011Leane E, Tiffin HM, 'Dogs, Meat and Douglas Mawson', Australian Humanities Review, 51, (Nov) pp. tbc. ISSN 1835-8063 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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2011Lucas A, Henderson C, Leane E, Kriwoken L, 'A Flight of the Imagination: Mawson's Antarctic Aeroplane', Polar Journal, 1, (1) pp. 63-75. ISSN 2154-896X (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/2154896X.2011.568791 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Lucas A; Kriwoken L

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2011Lucas A, Kriwoken L, Leane E, 'Captain John King Davis on F.I.S. Endeavour: Preparing for Oceanographic Work in the Southern Ocean', Polar Record, 47, (243) pp. 356-370. ISSN 0032-2474 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0032247410000690 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Lucas A; Kriwoken L

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2010Leane E, 'Eggs, Emperors and Empire: Apsley Cherry-Garrard's 'Worst Journey' as Imperial Quest Romance', Kunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial Writing and Culture, 31, (2) pp. 18-34. ISSN 0106-5734 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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2009Leane E, 'Placing Women in the Antarctic Literary Landscape', Signs, 34, (3) pp. 509-14. ISSN 0097-9740 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1086/593347 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

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2007Leane E, 'Isolation, Connectedness and the Uses of Text in Heroic-Era Antarctica: The Cases of Inexpressible and Elephant Islands', Island Studies Journal, 2, (1 ) pp. 67-76. ISSN 1715-2593 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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2005Leane E, 'Reading Aldiss and Penrose's White Mars as 'Science Fiction'', Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, 34, (1) pp. 18-25. ISSN 0306-4964 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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2005Leane E, 'Locating the thing: The Antarctic as alien space in John W. Campbell's 'Who Goes There?'', Science Fiction Studies, 32, (2) pp. 225-239. ISSN 0091-7729 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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2005Leane E, 'Polar Newspapers as Colonising Fictions: The Frontier Journalism of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition', New Literatures Review, 42 pp. 25-43. ISSN 0314-7495 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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2005Leane E, 'The Adelie Blizzard: the Australasian Antarctic Expedition's neglected newspaper', Polar Record, 41, (216) pp. 11-20. ISSN 0032-2474 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0032247404003973 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

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2004Leane E, 'Romancing the Pole: A Survey of Nineteenth-Century Antarctic Utopias', ACH: The Journal of the History of Culture in Australia, 23, (Futures Exchange) pp. 147-171. ISSN 0728-8433 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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2004Leane E, McFarlane J, 'ACH: The Journal of the History of Culture in Australia', 23, (Futures Exchange) ISSN 0728-8433 (2004) [Edited Journal]

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2003Leane E, 'Antarctica as a Scientific Utopia', Foundation the International Review of Science Fiction, 32, (89) pp. 27-35. ISSN 0306-4964 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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2003Leane E, 'Antarctic Theatricals: The Frozen Farce of Scott's First Expedition', Theatre Notebook A Journal of the History and Technique of the British Theatre, 57, (3) pp. 143-157. ISSN 0040-5523 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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2003Leane E, ''Stirring things up': Chaos, Complexity and the Hard-Boiled PI', Essays in Arts and Sciences, 32, (Fall) pp. 45-60. ISSN 0361-5634 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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2003Leane E, 'Chromodynamics: Science and Colonialism in Kim Stanley's Mars Trilogy', Ariel, 33, (1) pp. 83-104. ISSN 0004-1327 (2003) [Refereed Article]

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2002Leane E, 'Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies', 16, (3) ISSN 1030-4312 (2002) [Edited Journal]

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2002Leane E, Buchanan IM, 'What's Left of Theory', Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 16, (3) pp. 253-258. ISSN 1030-4312 (2002) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Buchanan IM

2002Leane E, Pfennigwerth SC, 'Antarctica in the Australian Imagination', Polar Record, 38, (207) pp. 309-312. ISSN 0032-2474 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Pfennigwerth SC

2001Leane E, 'Knowing Quanta: The Ambiguous Metaphors of Popular Physics', The Review of English Studies, 52, (207) pp. 411-431. ISSN 0034-6551 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/res/52.207.411 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

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Book

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Delbridge M, Leane E, Philpott C, 'Performing Landscapes: Ice', Palgrave Macmillan, London (In Press) [Edited Book]

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Co-authors: Philpott C

2016Leane E, 'South Pole: Nature and Culture', Reaktion Books Ltd, London, pp. 232. ISBN 9781780235967 (2016) [Authored Research Book]

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2012Leane E, 'Antarctica in Fiction: Imaginative Narratives of the Far South', Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 250. ISBN 9781107020825 (2012) [Authored Research Book]

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2011Crane RJ, Leane E, Williams M, 'Imagining Antarctica: Cultural Perspectives on the Southern Continent', Quintus Publishing, Hobart, pp. 125. ISBN 9780977557288 (2011) [Edited Book]

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Co-authors: Crane RJ

2011Freeman CJ, Leane E, Watt YM, 'Considering Animals: Contemporary Case Studies in Human-Animal Relations', Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 252. ISBN 978-1-4094-0013-4 (2011) [Edited Book]

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Co-authors: Freeman CJ; Watt YM

2007Leane E, 'Reading Popular Physics: Disciplinary Skirmishes and Textual Strategies', Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 198. ISBN 978-0-7546-5850-4 (2007) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Crane RJ, Fletcher LM, Leane E, 'Key Concepts and the Thriller: Space, Place, and Mapping', Teaching Space, Place and Literature, Routledge, Tally Jr, R. (ed), United Kingdom ISBN 9781138046979 (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Crane RJ; Fletcher LM

2017Leane E, 'Antarctica in Literature and the Popular Imagination', Routledge Handbook of the Polar Regions, Routledge, Nuttall M, Christensen TR, and Siegert M (ed), London (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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2017Leane E, 'Fictionalizing Antarctica', Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica, Edward Elgar, Dodds K, Hemmings A D and Roberts P (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 21-36. ISBN 9781784717674 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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2017Leane E, 'Nonhuman Travellers and Travellees: Interspecies Relations in Travel Writing', Ashgate Research Companion to Travel Writing, Ashgate, Pettinger A and Youngs T (ed), Aldershot, Hampshire (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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2017Delbridge M, Leane E, Philpott CJ, 'Performing Icescapes: Histories, Theories, Contexts', Performing Landscapes: Ice, Palgrave Macmillan, Delbridge M, Leane E and Philpott C (ed), London (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Philpott CJ

2016Leane E, 'The Novel in English in Antarctica to 1950', The World Novel in English to 1950, Oxford University Press, Crane R, Stafford J and Williams M (ed), Oxford, pp. 201-226. ISBN 9780199609932 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2016Leane E, 'Unstable Places and Generic Spaces: Thrillers Set in Antarctica', Popular Fiction and Spatiality: Reading Genre Settings, Palgrave Macmillan, L Fletcher (ed), London, pp. 25-43. ISBN 9781137571410 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-56902-8_3 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Leane E, 'Putting a Face to a Name', The Pocket Instructor: Literature, Princeton University Press, Fuss, D and Gleason WA (ed), Princeton and Oxford, pp. 226-228. (2016) [Other Book Chapter]

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2016Leane E, 'Antarctic Diaries and Heroic Reputations: Changing the Subject', Antarctica and the Humanities, Palgrave Macmillan, Roberts P, van der Watt L-M and Howkins A (ed), London, pp. 27-51. ISBN 9781137545749 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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2015Leane E, 'The Poetry of Antarctic sound and the sound of Antarctic poetry', Antarctica: Music sounds and cultural connections, ANU Press, Hince B, Summerson R and Wiesel A (ed), Australia, pp. 107-119. ISBN 9781925022285 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2014Fern S, Nash K, Leane E, 'Encounters with Antarctic animals in ABC's Catalyst', Engaging with Animals, Sydney University Press, Burns, GL and Paterson M (ed), Australia, pp. 73-90. ISBN 9781743320297 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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2014Leane E, Narraway G, 'Things from Another World: Dogs, Aliens, and Antarctic Cinema', Cinematic Canines: Dogs and their Work in the Fiction Film, Rutgers University Press, Adrienne McLean (ed), New Jersey, USA, pp. 181-195. ISBN 978-0-8135-6355-8 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Leane Elizabeth, Nicol S, 'Filming the Frozen South: Animals in Early Antarctic Exploration Films', Screening Nature: Cinema Beyond the Human, Berghahn, Amat Pick and Guinevere Narraway (ed), New York, pp. 127-142. ISBN 9781782382263 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2012Leane E, 'Antarctic Travel Writing and the Problematics of the Pristine: Two Australian Novelists' Narratives of Tourist Voyages to Antarctica', Travel Writing, Routledge, T Youngs and C Forsdick (ed), UK, pp. 247-257. ISBN 9780415374989 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011Leane E, 'Going Outside: Captain Oates's Literary Legacy', Imagining Antarctica: Cultural Perspectives on the Southern Continent, Quintus Publishing, R Crane, E Leane and M Williams (ed), Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 40-52. ISBN 9780977557288 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011Leane E, 'Introduction: Imagining Antarctica', Imagining Antarctica: Cultural Perspectives on the Southern ContinentI, Quintus Publishing, Crane R, Leane E and Williams M (ed), Australia (2011) [Other Book Chapter]

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2011Leane E, Freeman C, 'Introduction', Considering Animals: Contemporary Studies in Human-Animal Relations, Ashgate, C Freeman, E Leane, Y Watt (ed), Farnham, England, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-1-4094-0013-4 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011Leane E, Pfennigwerth S, 'Marching on Thin Ice: The Politics of Penguin Films', Considering Animals: Contemporary Studies in Human-Animal Relations, Ashgate, C Freeman, E Leane, Y Watt (ed), Farnham, England, pp. 29-40. ISBN 978-1-4094-0013-4 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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2010Leane E, Pharaoh M, 'Introduction', The Adelie Blizzard: Mawson's forgotten newspaper 1913, Friends of the State Library of South Australia in association with the Friends of Mawson at the South Australian Museum, A McLean (ed), Adelaide, pp. xi-xx. ISBN 9781876154608 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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2009Leane E, 'The Land that Time Forgot: Fictions of Antarctic Temporality', Futurescapes: Space in Utopian and Science Fiction Discourses, Rodopi, Ralph Pordzik (ed), Amsterdam, pp. 199-223. ISBN 978-90-420-2602-5 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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2008Leane E, 'Chromodynamics: Science and Colonialism in the Mars Trilogy', Kim Stanley Robinson Maps the Unimaginable: Critical Essays, McFarland, William J. Burling (ed), Jefferson, pp. 144-156. ISBN 978-0-7864-3369-8 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

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2007Leane E, ''A Place of Ideals in Conflict': Images of Antarctica in Australian Literature', The Littoral Zone: Australian Contexts and Their Writers, Rodopi, CA. Cranston and Robert Zeller (ed), Amsterdam, pp. 261-289. ISBN 978-90-420-2218-8 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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2001Leane E, 'Popular Cosmology as Mythic Narrative: A Site for Interdisciplinary Exchange', Crossing Boundaries: Thinking through Literature, Sheffield Academic Press, Julie Scanlon and Amy Waste (ed), Sheffield, pp. 84-97. ISBN 1-84127-232-9 (2001) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(11 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Leane E, 'Review of Shakleton: a life in poetry by Jim Mayer,Oxford, Signal 2014', Polar Journal, 5, (1) pp. 220-221. ISSN 2154-896X (2015) [Review Single Work]

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2012Leane E, 'Antarctica: that sweep of savage splendour', The Polar Journal, 2, (1) pp. 177-179. ISSN 2154-896X (2012) [Review Single Work]

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2007Leane E, 'Scott's Last Biscuit: The Literature of Polar Exploration', Polar Record: A Journal of Arctic and Antarctic Research, 43, (224) pp. 88-89. (2007) [Review Single Work]

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2007Leane E, 'Afterlands: A Novel', Polar Record: A Journal of Arctic and Antarctic Research, 43, (227) pp. 374-375. (2007) [Review Single Work]

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2005Leane E, 'Peter Kitson, ed., North and South Poles and Max Jones, the Great Quest', Studies in Travel Writing, 9, (2) pp. 217-221. (2005) [Other Review]

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2004Leane E, 'Holly Henry. Virginia Woolf and the Discourse of Science: The Aesthetics of Astronomy', The Review of English Studies, 55, (219) pp. 297-299. (2004) [Review Single Work]

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2003Leane E, 'Steven Myer: Irresistible Dictation: Gertrude Stein and the Correlations of Writing and Science', Review of English Studies, 54, (215) pp. 432-3. (2003) [Review Single Work]

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2003Leane E, 'Michael H. Whitworth: Einstein's Wake: Relativity, Metaphor and Modernist Literature', Review of English Studies, 54, (213) pp. 151-3. (2003) [Review Single Work]

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2001Leane E, 'Chaos Theory and James Joyce's Everyman', Review of English Studies, 52, (205) pp. 154-156. (2001) [Review Single Work]

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2001Leane E, 'T.S. Eliot and the Poetics of Evolution: Sub/Versions of Classicism, Culture and Progress', Review of English Studies, 52, (205) pp. 472-474. (2001) [Review Single Work]

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2000Leane E, 'Goodbye Normal Gene: Confronting the Genetic Revolution, ed. by Gabrielle O'Sullivan, Evelyn Sharman, and Stephanie Short, and Cracking the Gender Code: Who Rules the Wired World? by Melanie Stewart Miller', Southern Review, 33, (3) pp. 372-74. (2000) [Other Review]

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Conference Publication

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2005Leane E, 'Antarctic Travel Writing and the Problematics of the Pristine: Two Australian Novelists' Narratives of Tourist Voyages to Antarctica', Proceedings of Imaging Nature: Media, Environment and Tourism, 27-29 June 2004, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, pp. 1-10. (2005) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Other Public Output

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Leane E, 'Where is the South Pole?', Natural History, Natural History Magazine, Inc, United States, 124, 10, p. 48. (2016) [Magazine Article]

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2015Ligget D, Leane E, Chaturvedi S, Hemmings A, Nielsen HE, et al., 'Report on the SCAR Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Group (HASSEG)', Excom Meeting, The International Council for Science, Tromso, Norway, pp. 1-12. (2015) [Report Other]

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2013Leane E, Nicol S, 'Krill and Charisma', Wildlife Australia, Wildlife Qld, Australia, 50, 1, pp. 17-19. (2013) [Magazine Article]

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2012Leane E, 'The Polar Press', Australian Antarctic Magazine, The Australian Antarctic Division, Australia, 22, pp. 31-36. (2012) [Magazine Article]

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2006Leane E, 'Polar Disciplines', Island, Island, Hobart, 105, Winter (2006) [Magazine Article]

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Grants & Funding

Elizabeth has led two ARC Discovery Grants, including one with Prof Helen Tiffin and Dr Steve Nicol, as well as a number of smaller internal UTAS grants. She is currently holds an ARC Future Fellowship, 'Integrating the Humanities into Antarctic Studies', and is currently a Chief Investigator on the ARC Linkage Project “Antarctic Cities and the Global Commons’, led by Assoc. Prof. Juan Salazar at UWS.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

11

Total funding

$1,441,217

Projects

No Longer Going Solo? Measuring and Understanding Co-Authorship Trends in English Literary Studies (2016)$4,759
Description
This project brings together two literary studies scholars and an information systems scientist to answer a series of interrelated research questions:What aspects of English literary studies make the sole-author model so prevalent, and how might recent developments in the discipline affect this model?To what extent (if at all) have the rates of co-authorship in literary studies risen in recent years?What are the implications of this rise (or lack of it) for literary studies?
Funding
University of Tasmania ($4,759)
Scheme
Grant-Cross-Disciplinary Incentive
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Fletcher LM; Leane E; Garg SK
Year
2016
Antarctic Cities and the Global Commons: Rethinking the Gateways (2016 - 2019)$542,000
Description
This project is the first substantial comparative programme to investigate how gateway cities might both reimagine and intensify their relations to Antarctica and each other. The project is intended to revitalise their relations.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($389,335)
Collaborators
Christchurch City Council ($45,000); Hobart City Council ($60,000); University of Canterbury ($15,000); University of Western Australia ($32,665)
Scheme
Grant-Linkage Projects Round 1
Administered By
University of Western Sydney
Research Team
Salazar J; James P; Leane E; Magee L
Period
2016 - 2019
Grant Reference
LP160100210
Bringing Psychology to the Antarctic Archives: The 'Case' of Sidney Jeffryes (2016)$2,507
Description
This project innovatively combines archival, historical, culturaland psychological expertise to examine a remarkably understudies event in Australian Antarctic history: the psychotic breakdown suffered by radio operator Sidny Jeffryes during the second winter ofthe Australian Antarctic Exhibition (AAE 1911-14).This project asks: What was the nature of Jeffryes'condition, to what extent was it a product of his unusual environment (social and natural) and how was it viewed at the time and by later commentators?
Funding
University of Tasmania ($2,507)
Scheme
Grant-Cross-Disciplinary Incentive
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leane E; Norris K
Year
2016
Research to Expedite the Completion of a Monograph, South Pole (2012)$3,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($3,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leane E
Year
2012
Beyond the 'Continent for Science': Integrating the Humanities into Antarctic Studies (2012 - 2016)$578,387
Description
Research into the Antarctic has been dominated by the sciences. This project addresses an existing two cultures mentality within Antarctic Studies by placing a literary scholar in an institute composed largely of scientists. It examines the cultural significance of the southenmost continent as a place, as a travel destination, and as the source of compelling exploration narratives. By incorporating collaborations across a range of disciplines, including the sciences, it aims to integrate the humanities into Antarctic Studies. It will result in a new paradigm for disciplinary dialogue, expanding our capacity to meet complex challenges facing the continent, such as those raised by climate change, tourism and national interests.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($578,387)
Scheme
Fellowship-Future
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leane E
Period
2012 - 2016
Grant Reference
FT1210402
Rising Stars Programme - E Leane (2010 - 2012)$75,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($75,000)
Scheme
Grant-Rising Stars Round 1
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leane E
Period
2010 - 2012
Creatures of the Ice: A Cultural Analysis of Human-Animal Relations in Antarctica (2008 - 2010)$136,564
Description
From the albatross of Coleridge's ancient mariner to the blockbuster Happy Feet, Antarctic animals have played an important symbolic role in Western culture. Through analysis of written and visual texts, this project examines the meanings and values we attach to animals - native and introduced - in the world's largest and most remote wilderness. Drawing on scientific and cultural perspectives, it investigates ways in which human-animal interaction reflects and informs attitudes towards the Antarctic environment. The outcome will be an original and important contribution to two burgeoning fields - human-animal studies and Antarctic studies - and to broader environmental debates.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($136,564)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leane E; Tiffin HM; Nicol S
Period
2008 - 2010
Grant Reference
DP0878066
Of Persons and Penguins: A Pilot Project for a Study of Representations of Antarctic Animals (2007)$10,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($10,000)
Scheme
Grant-Institutional Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leane E
Year
2007
Antarctic Imaginations: A Study of Creative Responses to the Continent for Science (2004 - 2006)$70,000
Funding
Australian Research Council ($70,000)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leane E
Period
2004 - 2006
Grant Reference
DP0449938
Representations Of Antarctica As A Scientific Utopia: A Pilot Project For A Book-Length Study Of Fictional Antarctic Utopias (2002)$10,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($10,000)
Scheme
Grant-Institutional Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leane E
Year
2002
Comparative Analysis of Fictional and Popular Non-fictional Representations of Antarctic Science and Scientists since 1950 (2001)$9,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($9,000)
Scheme
Grant-Institutional Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leane E
Year
2001

Research Supervision

Elizabeth has supervised a wide range of Honours, MA and PhD theses to successful completion. Several of these projects have been co-supervised with staff from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) (UTAS), or Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, Christchurch. She has supervised (among others) topics on Antarctic literature and cultural history; space, place and literature; and human-animal studies. She also regularly examines PhD and MA theses.

Elizabeth is interested in supervising topics on literature and place, particularly those involving the Antarctic regions. She is also happy to co-supervise (with relevant staff) Antarctic projects within other social sciences and humanities disciplines.

Current

5

Completed

7

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDWriting in the Midst of an Unfolding Disaster: Ecocritical perspectives on contemporary imaginative representations of Tasmanian wilderness2011
PhDNot For Sale?: Symbolic uses of Antarctica for commercial purposes2014
PhDAntarctic Interiors2015
PhDReading and Writing Dogs in Popular Romance Fiction2017
PhDLiterature and the Anthropocene2017

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
MastersWild Child, Feral Text: Reading the Human-Animal Borderland
Candidate: Anne Patricia Fagan
2010
MastersNew Creatures Made Known: (Re)discovering the Extinct King Island Emu
Candidate: Stephanie Clare Pfennigwerth
2010
PhDLittle Terrors: The Child Antagonist in the Horror Film
Candidate: Dominic William Lennard
2009
MastersA Comparative Analysis of the Press Coverage of the Whaling Conflict in Australia and Japan in 2005-2006
Candidate: Mitsuru Kudo
2008
PhD"Scott of the Antarctic" - The Conservation of a Story
Candidate: Ian Donal Murray
2006
MastersSpace and Sexuality in the Post-Victorian Fiction of Sarah Waters
Candidate: Demelza Morganna Hall
2006
PhDThe Hotel in Postmodern Literature and Film
Candidate: Yvette Blackwood
2005