Naomi Milthorpe

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Naomi Milthorpe

Naomi Milthorpe

Lecturer in English

Room 561, Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 2100 (phone)

Naomi Milthorpe is Lecturer in English at the School of Humanities. Her research interests centre on modernist, interwar and mid-century British literary culture, including on landscape and national identity, in particular the poetics and politics of gardening; affect and emotion; and archives and memory. Naomi is the leader for the College of Arts, Law and Education Research Strategic Theme Area, Environmental Change.


Before joining the University of Tasmania, Naomi was a lecturer at the Australian National University, after completing her PhD in English Literature there.

Career summary


DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDSystems of Order: The Satirical Novels of Evelyn WaughAustralian National UniversityAustralia2009
BA(Hons)Beasts About to Spring: The Great House in Novels by Evelyn Waugh and Stella GibbonsAustralian National UniversityAustralia2004


Professional practice

  • Evelyn Waugh Studies, Associate Editor
  • Australasian Modernist Studies Network
  • British Association of Modernist Studies
  • Evelyn Waugh Society
  • Modern Language Association
  • Space Between Society

Administrative expertise

Naomi is the leader of the College Strategic Theme Area ‘Environmental Change’. She was the English program representative on the Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Committee (2014-5), and served as academic representative on the Faculty SLIMS Project User Group (2014). She is currently Acting Honours Coordinator for English. Naomi is experienced in teaching at the undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level including course development.


Literary modernism, interwar literature, narrative theory, literary culture, the literary canon

Teaching expertise

Naomi teaches into a broad range of the English program units, including units on modernism, narrative theory, literary culture, and the literary canon. In the past she has also coordinated units on Evelyn Waugh (University of Tasmania), 19th and 20th Century Literature (ANU) and poetry (ANU). Naomi is available to supervise Honours and postgraduate research projects on literary modernism, interwar literature, archives, and gardens.

Teaching responsibility

Naomi coordinates and/or teaches in the following units:

Research Invitations

  • Invited speaker, Evelyn Waugh: Reader, Writer, Collector conference, Huntington Library, May 2017.

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Naomi’s research is motivated by a desire to understand the relationship between literature, history, and culture, whether material, literary, or environmental. Since completing a PhD on Evelyn Waugh, she has expanded her research in interwar and modernist literary culture, seeking to examine the ways in which literary texts and the apparatus of literary history (including the archive and the canon) represent, uphold, or challenge dominant economic, political, and affective paradigms.

Research Themes

Naomi's research aligns with the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society and Environment, Resources and Sustainability. She is an affiliated researcher with the University's Institute for the Study of Social Change and a member of the Multidisciplinary Environment Research Group.


  • 2015 Huntington Library Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship
  • 2015 Faculty of Arts Teaching and Learning Project Grant
  • 2012 Space Between Society Conference Essay Prize
  • 2012 Australian Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship
  • 2009 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Hobby Family Foundation Fellowship

Current projects

The Poetics and Politics of Gardening in Austerity is an edited collection devoted to theorising the politics, poetics and practices of austerity gardening in twentieth and twenty-first century Anglophone cultural texts, contracted for publication with Lexington Books.While austerity is an historically-inflected concept derived from the policies of WW2-Britain, its ideological, aesthetic, and practical roots stretch beyond that particular historical and geographical context. This book will seek to understand the differing modulations of austerity as felt, seen, tasted, smelled, or heard in the garden and its representations, whether in the national context of England in the mid-century, or further afield.

Evelyn Waugh in the Library aims towards a history, genealogy, and narrative of Waugh in the library, whether that library space is his own private library, the public libraries of which he was a member, and libraries he visited. The project seeks to explore the ways in which Waugh himself has been made the subject of libraries and collections, by examining the work of individual and institutional collectors. Perhaps more significantly, the project seeks to elucidate the ways in which the archives that now house his literary corpus have helped shape critical interest in and understanding of Waugh.

Fields of Research

  • British and Irish Literature (200503)
  • English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL) (130204)
  • Literary Studies (200599)
  • British History (210305)

Research Objectives

  • Languages and Literature (950203)
  • Education and Training (939999)
  • Pedagogy (930201)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing (970119)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture (970120)
  • Understanding Europe's Past (950504)


Evelyn Waugh’s Satire: Texts and Contexts

Naomi is the author of Evelyn Waugh’s Satire: Texts and Contexts (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016).

She is currently editing The Poetics and Politics of Gardening in Hard Times (Lexington, forthcoming).

Total publications


Journal Article

(13 outputs)
2017Milthorpe NE, 'Things and Nothings: Henry Green and the Late Modernist Banal', Novel: A Forum on Fiction, 50, (1) pp. 97-111. ISSN 1945-8509 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1215/00295132-3854315 [eCite] [Details]


2017Milthorpe NE, Clarke RGH, Fletcher LM, Moore RA, Stark HL, 'Blended English: Technology-enhanced teaching and learning in English literary studies', Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice pp. 1-21. ISSN 1474-0222 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1474022217722140 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Clarke RGH; Fletcher LM; Moore RA; Stark HL


2016Fletcher L, Clarke R, Crane R, Gaby R, Milthorpe N, 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; Clarke R; Crane R; Gaby R; Stark H


2016Milthorpe N, 'Interview with Sara 'Sue' Hodson, The Huntington Library', Evelyn Waugh Studies, 47, (1) pp. 2-9. ISSN 1058-8272 (2016) [Non Refereed Article]

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2016Milthorpe N, 'A Secret House: Evelyn Waugh's Book Collection', The Space Between Literature and Culture 1914-1945, 12, (1-6) pp. 1-20. ISSN 1551-9309 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2016Salisbury J, Milthorpe N, ''The borderland between life and death': The spatial politics of illness in The Years', Virginia Woolf Miscellany, 89/90, (Spring/Fall) pp. 61-64. ISSN 0736-251X (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2015Milthorpe NE, 'Heavy jokes: Festive unpleasure in the interwar novel', Journal of Modern Literature, 38, (3) pp. 71-85. ISSN 0022-281X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2979/jmodelite.38.3.71 [eCite] [Details]


2015Milthorpe NE, Wilson JH, 'Trying to Excite the Pornophiles: Evelyn Waugh and Candy', Evelyn Waugh Studies, 46, (1) pp. 3-8. ISSN 1058-8272 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2014Milthorpe NE, ''Too, too shaming': Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies', Affirmations: of the modern, 1, (2) pp. 75-94. ISSN 2202-9885 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014Milthorpe NE, 'First Year English at UTAS: Interview with Ellyn Carter, the 2013 Winner of the Tate Prize in Excellence in English Learning', EduTATE, June pp. 20-21. (2014) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2013Milthorpe Naomi, 'The Evelyn Waugh Legacy Library', Evelyn Waugh Newsletter and Studies, 43, (3) pp. 1-5. ISSN 1058-8272 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2011Milthorpe NE, 'Evelyn Waugh His Book', Script and Print: bulletin of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, 35, (4) pp. 220-224. ISSN 1834-9013 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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2011Milthorpe NE, 'The Rake's Regress: Evelyn Waugh's return to satire in 'Basil Seal Rides Again'', Papers on Language and Literature: a journal for scholars and critics of language and literature, 47, (4) pp. 430-442. ISSN 0031-1294 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1



(1 outputs)
2016Milthorpe N, 'Evelyn Waugh's Satire: Texts and Contexts', Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, United States, pp. 197. ISBN 978-1611478747 (2016) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2015Milthorpe NE, 'The Twilight of Language': The Young Evelyn Waugh on 'Catherine' Mansfield', Katherine Mansfield and Literary Influence, Edinburgh University Press, Ailwood, S and Harvey, M (ed), Edinburgh, pp. 21-34. ISBN 9780748694419 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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(2 outputs)
2016Milthorpe N, 'DeCoste, D. Marcel. The Vocation of Evelyn Waught: Faith and Art in the Post -War Fiction. Farnham; Ashagte 2015. 196p', Papers on Language and Literature, 52, (4) pp. 374-379. ISSN 0031-1294 (2016) [Review Single Work]

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2015Milthorpe NE, 'Review: The Problem with Pleasure: Modernism and its Discontents, by Laura Frost', Journal of Popular Romance Studies, 5, (1) ISSN 2159-4473 (2015) [Review Single Work]

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Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
2016Milthorpe N, 'Manuscripts as Memorials', Waugh and Words, University of Leicester, United Kingdom, 22 Feb, pp. 1-2. (2016) [Magazine Article]

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2016Milthorpe N, 'Evelyn Waugh, Cynic?', Waugh and Words, University of Leicester, United Kingdom, 27 Jan, pp. 1-2. (2016) [Magazine Article]

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Grants & Funding

Naomi has held funded research fellowships awarded by the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin (2009), the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2012), and the Huntington Library, California (2015).

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Evelyn Waugh in the Library (2015)$8,630
Using two recently acquired Huntington collections, Evelyn Waugh in the Library aims towards a history, genealogy, and narrative of Waugh in the library, whether that library space is his own private library, the public libraries of which he was a member, and libraries he visited. The project seeks to explore the ways in which Waugh himself has been made the subject of libraries and collections, by examining the work of individual and institutional collectors.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens ($8,630)
Huntington Fellowships
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Milthorpe NE

Research Supervision

Naomi is available to supervise projects on 20th century literary culture and modernism, and is leading two advertised College PhD projects:




PhDIn Full Swing: Reading social occasions in interwar comic fiction2017
PhDVisual Culture and the Expanded Novel: An interdisciplinary practice-based exploration of the expanded hybrid image/text narrative2018