Position

Deputy Dean School of Humanities & Creative Arts
Office of Humanities and Creative Arts

Biography

Robert Phiddian teaches in Renaissance and Eighteenth Century literature and has a special interest in political satire, parody, and humour. He researches political satire, especially current Australian political cartoons with Haydon Manning. He is Chair of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Director of the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC), and a Board member of the Australian Book Review and of the international Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes (CHCI).

Qualifications

BA (Hons), PhD (Melbourne)

Key responsibilities

Chair, Adelaide Festival of Ideas, adelaidefestivalofideas.com.au

Director of the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres, achrc.net

Deputy Dean, School of Humanities

Topic Coordinator:

Research expertise

  • Literary Studies

Research interests

I am particularly interested in political satire in literature and editorial cartoons. I am willing to consider research projects in 17th and 18th century literature, contemporary Australian political cartoons, and theories of satire, parody, and irony.

Supervisory interests

  • Literary studies

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Creative thesis: historical fiction (1) ; 20th century French poetry (1) ; Australian gastronomy (1) ; Australian media history (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Indigenous Australian humour (1) ; Creative thesis: historical fiction (1) ;

Completion

Principal supervisor : Digital technology in literary fiction (1) ; Christopher Marlowe, Renaissance literature (1) ; Christopher Koch, Tom Keneally, Australian fiction (1) ; Creative thesis: Satire play script (1) ; Shakespeare, adaptation (1) ; 18th century book history (1) ; 20th century fiction (1) ; Australian fiction, Peter Carey (1) ; Shakespeare (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Icelandic sagas (1) ; Old English Gnomes (1) ;

Publications

  • Kerr, H., Lemmings, D. and Phiddian, R.A. (2016). Emotional Light on Eighteenth-Century Print Culture. In Heather Kerr, David Lemmings and Robert Phiddian, ed. Passions, Sympathy and Print Culture: Public Opinion and Emotional Authenticity in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 3-19.
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2016). The Emotional Contents of Swift's seva indignatio. In Heather Kerr, David Lemmings and Robert Phiddian, ed. Passions, Sympathy and Print Culture: Public Opinion and Emotional Authenticity in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 47-67.
  • Manning, H. and Phiddian, R. (2015). Nearly all about Kevin: The election as drawn by Australian cartoonists. In Carol Johnson; John Wanna; Hsu-Ann Lee, ed. Abbott's Gambit: the 2013 Australian Federal Election. Canberra: ANU E-Press, pp. 161-187.
  • Phiddian, R. (2014). Cartoons and Cartoonists. In Bridget Griffin-Foley, ed. A Companion to Australian Media. North Melbourne, Australia: Australian Scholarly Publishing, pp. 83-85.
  • Phiddian, R. and Noonan, W. (2014). History of Humor: Early Modern Europe. In S Attardo, ed. Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. Thousand Oaks, USA: Sage Publications, pp. 293-298.
    [Web Link]
  • Manning, H. and Phiddian, R. (2012). May the Less Threatening Leader of the Opposition Win: The cartoonists' view of election 2010. In Marian Simms and John Wanna, ed. Julia 2010. Canberra, ACT: Australian National University E Press, pp. 121-143.
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2011). 'Strange Lengths': Hume and Satire in the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. In Craig Taylor and Stephen Buckle, ed. Hume and the Enlightenment. London, UK: Pickering and Chatto Publishers, pp. 91-104.
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2008). Petty Notions, Grand Designs. In R. Phiddian and H. Manning, ed. Comic Commentators: Contemporary Political Cartooning in Australia. Perth: Network Books, pp. 187-216.
  • Phiddian, R.A. and Manning, H.R. (2008). Introduction: Controversial Images. In R. Phiddian and H. Manning, ed. Comic Commentators: Contemporary Political Cartooning in Australia. Perth: Network Books, pp. 1-9.
  • Handsley, E. and Phiddian, R.A. (2008). Political Cartoonists and the Law. In R. Phiddian and H. Manning, ed. Comic Commentators: Contemporary Political Cartooning in Australia. Perth: Network Books, pp. 63-90.
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2006). One Who Didn't Get Away: Bruce Petty Goes to London. In Tully Barnett, Nena Bierbaum, Syd Harrex, Rick Hosking, Graham Tulloch, ed. London Was Full of Rooms. Adelaide, SA: Lythrum Press, pp. 205-219.
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2005). Aristophanes. In Patricia F. O'Grady, ed. Meet the Philosophers of Ancient Greece. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing, pp. 123-126.
    [Scopus]
  • Phiddian, R.A. and Manning, H.R. (2005). Political cartoons: incredulous chronicles. In Marian Simms and John Warhurst, ed. Mortgage Nation: the 2004 Australian Election. Perth, WA: API Network, pp. 83-102.
  • Phiddian, R.A. and Manning, H.R. (2002). Two men and some boats: the cartoonists in 2001. In 2001 The Centenary Election. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, pp. 41-61.
  • Kerr, H., Lemmings, D. and Phiddian, R.A. (Eds.). (2016). Passions, Sympathy and Print Culture : Public Opinion and Emotional Authenticity in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Phiddian, R.A. and Manning, H.R. (Eds.). (2008). Comic Commentators: Contemporary Political Cartooning in Australia. Perth: Network Books.
  • Manning, H.R. and Phiddian, R.A. (2004). In Defence of the Political Cartoonists' Licence to Mock. In Invitational Colloquium of the Australiasian Humour Scholars Network 20 March 2004. Invitational Colloquium of the Australiasian Humour Scholars Network 20 March 2004.
    [Web Link]
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2001). Parklands of the Mind. The Adelaide Review, 213 pp. 13-13.
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2001). Teaching Older Literature in 2001. Opinion: Journal of The SA English Teachers Association, 45(1) pp. 26-28.
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2001). Think Adelaide. Eureka Street, 11(5) pp. 13-13.
  • Meyrick, J., Maltby, R. and Phiddian, R. (2015). The mocking of the modern mind: Culture and cartooning in the age of Je suis Charlie Hebdo. Australian Book Review. Southbank, Victoria. No. 370 pp. 47-49.
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2007). Adelaide Festival of Ideas. Adelaide
  • Phiddian, R. (2006). Cartoonists: a last redoubt against spin. The Age, pp. 13-13.
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2005). Adelaide Festival of Ideas. Adelaide
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2003). Adelaide Festival of Ideas. Adelaide
  • Manning, H.R. and Phiddian, R.A. (2004). Censorship and the political cartoonist. In APSA 2004 Conference papers. Adelaide, SA: Taylor and Francis. Australasian Political Studies Association Conference 2004. Adelaide, SA.
    [Web Link]
  • Dooley, G.M. and Phiddian, R.A. (2016). A Face without Personality: Coetzee's Swiftian Narrators. Ariel-A Review of International English Literature, 47(3) pp. 1-22.
    [Web Link]
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2015). The revolution in political cartoons and the early Australian. Media International Australia, 157 pp. 56-67.
    [Web Link]
  • Phiddian, R. (2013). Satire and the limits of literary theories. CRITICAL QUARTERLY, 55(3) pp. 44-58.
    [10.1111/criq.12057] [Scopus]
  • Ewans, M. and Phiddian, R. (2012). Risk-taking and Transgression: Aristophanes' Lysistrata Today. Didaskalia, 9(1) pp. online.
    [Web Link]
  • Phiddian, R. (2011). Bruce Petty Against the Rise of Market Rationalism. Communication, Politics and Culture, 44(1) pp. 60-77.
    [Web Link]
  • Manning, H.R. and Phiddian, R.A. (2010). Campaign cartoons: no more man of steel. ACH: the Journal of the History of Culture in Australia, 28(1) pp. 55-67.
    [10.1080/07288430903164785] [Scopus]
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2010). Bruce Petty Drawing Money. Overland, 201 pp. 31-37.
    [Scopus]
  • Condren, C., Davis, J.M., McCausland, S. and Phiddian, R.A. (2008). Defining parody and satire: Australian copyright law and its new exception. Media and Arts Law Review, 13(3) pp. 273-292.
    [Web Link]
  • Condren, C., Davis, J.M., McCausland, S. and Phiddian, R.A. (2008). Defining parody and satire: Australian copyright law and its new exception: Part 2 - Advancing ordinary definitions. Media and Arts Law Review, 13(4) pp. 401-421.
    [Web Link]
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2006). Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice: Teaching Verbal Irony. The Use of English, 57(3) pp. 188-198.
  • Manning, H.R. and Phiddian, R.A. (2005). The political cartoon and the editor. Pacific Journalism Review, 11(2) pp. 127-150.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2004). Petty notions, grand designs. Overland, 176 pp. 26-39.
  • Manning, H.R. and Phiddian, R.A. (2004). In defence of the political cartoonists' licence to mock. Australian Review of Public Affairs, 5(Dec) pp. 25-42.
    [Web Link]
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2016). The Emotional Contents of Swift's seva indignatio. In Heather Kerr, David Lemmings and Robert Phiddian, ed. Passions, Sympathy and Print Culture: Public Opinion and Emotional Authenticity in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 47-67.
  • Manning, H. and Phiddian, R. (2015). Nearly all about Kevin: The election as drawn by Australian cartoonists. In Carol Johnson; John Wanna; Hsu-Ann Lee, ed. Abbott's Gambit: the 2013 Australian Federal Election. Canberra: ANU E-Press, pp. 161-187.
  • Phiddian, R. and Noonan, W. (2014). History of Humor: Early Modern Europe. In S Attardo, ed. Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. Thousand Oaks, USA: Sage Publications, pp. 293-298.
    [Web Link]
  • Manning, H. and Phiddian, R. (2012). May the Less Threatening Leader of the Opposition Win: The cartoonists' view of election 2010. In Marian Simms and John Wanna, ed. Julia 2010. Canberra, ACT: Australian National University E Press, pp. 121-143.
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2011). 'Strange Lengths': Hume and Satire in the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion. In Craig Taylor and Stephen Buckle, ed. Hume and the Enlightenment. London, UK: Pickering and Chatto Publishers, pp. 91-104.
  • Handsley, E. and Phiddian, R.A. (2008). Political Cartoonists and the Law. In R. Phiddian and H. Manning, ed. Comic Commentators: Contemporary Political Cartooning in Australia. Perth: Network Books, pp. 63-90.
  • Phiddian, R.A. and Manning, H.R. (2008). Introduction: Controversial Images. In R. Phiddian and H. Manning, ed. Comic Commentators: Contemporary Political Cartooning in Australia. Perth: Network Books, pp. 1-9.
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2006). One Who Didn't Get Away: Bruce Petty Goes to London. In Tully Barnett, Nena Bierbaum, Syd Harrex, Rick Hosking, Graham Tulloch, ed. London Was Full of Rooms. Adelaide, SA: Lythrum Press, pp. 205-219.
  • Phiddian, R.A. (2005). Aristophanes. In Patricia F. O'Grady, ed. Meet the Philosophers of Ancient Greece. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing, pp. 123-126.
    [Scopus]
  • Phiddian, R.A. and Manning, H.R. (2005). Political cartoons: incredulous chronicles. In Marian Simms and John Warhurst, ed. Mortgage Nation: the 2004 Australian Election. Perth, WA: API Network, pp. 83-102.

Professional and community engagement

Chair, Adelaide Festival of Ideas
Director, Australian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres, achrc.net
Board member, ABR: Australian Book Review
Board member, Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, chcinetwork.org
Board Member, W.H. Oliver Humanities Research Academy, Massey University, NZ

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • English Language
  • Humour
  • Literature - English

Interests

  • English Language and Literature (satire, comedy, public language, English and Irish literature of the 18th and 20th centuries, Shakespeare and Renaissance literature)
  • Australian Political Satire (especially political cartoons)
  • Adelaide Festival of Ideas (current Chair of Advisory Committee, for 2009 Festival)

Contact

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Phone: +61 8 82013717
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Location: Humanities Building (232)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
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