Associate Professor Eric Parisot

Associate Professor, English Literary Studies

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (257)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am an Associate Professor in English interested in the literature and culture of the British long eighteenth century (including Romanticism), the Gothic, literary responses to death, and the history of emotions.

My first book, Graveyard Poetry: Religion, Aesthetics and the Mid-Eighteenth-Century Poetic Condition (Ashgate, 2013), is the first long study of this devotional poetic mode, one that highlights how its obsessive preoccupation with death and salvation makes visible its importance as an articulation or negotiation between contemporary religious concerns and emerging aesthetics of poetic practice. Further research examining the mode’s proto-Gothic sensibilities has culminated in a forthcoming collection of essay (co-edited with David McAllister and Xavier Aldana Reyes) on Graveyard Gothic (Manchester UP), a transhistorical and multicultural volume defining a new area of Gothic studies.

Also forthcoming is a monograph titled Jane Austen and Vampires: Love, Sex and Immortality in the New Millennium (Palgrave). This book examines the unlikely literary convergence of Jane Austen and vampires in fanfic mashups since Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, arguing that such amateur writings reveal a great deal about the changing perceptions of what Austen and vampires signify in the twenty-first century, as well as contemporary romantic ideals.

Currently, I’m working towards a monograph on representations of suicide in print and on stage in the British eighteenth century, with a view to highlighting their public, affective impact on shifting understandings of suicide and what it means to the living communities.


BA (Hons)/BSc, MPhil (Glasgow), PhD (Melbourne)

Honours, awards and grants


Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship, Yale University (2023)

Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society (2019)

Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society (2016)

Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellow, Huntington Library (2016)

Associate Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (2015-16)

Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Queensland (2014)

Humanities Travelling Fellowship, Australian Academy of the Humanities (2011)

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities - University of Edinburgh (2009)


Vice Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award (2021)

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award (2020)

Flinders Institute for Research in the Humanities (FIRtH) - Research Theme Coordinator (2017)

Establishment Research Grant (2016-17)

Flinders University 50th Anniversary Project (2016)

Key responsibilities

BA Honours Coordinator

Vice President - Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ANZSECS)

SA Representative - Australian University Heads of English (AUHE)

Teaching interests

Broadly speaking, British literature from 1700 to 1900, particularly:

  • Gothic literature
  • Literature, death and suicide
  • History of Emotions
  • Sentimentalism and sensibility
  • Jane Austen
  • British Romanticism
Topic coordinator
ENGL2140 English Literature: Evolutions and Revolutions
ENGL2146 Gothic: Terror, Horror & the Supernatural
Supervisory interests
British Romanticism
British eighteenth-century literature
Constructions of literary afterlives
Elegiac traditions
Gothic fiction
Gothic literature
Graveyard poetry
Judaeo-Christian mythology in literature
Literary melancholy
Literary responses to death
Literature and death
Literature and religion
Literature and suicide
Literature and theology
Literature, British eighteenth century
Romantic literature
Sensibility and sentimentalism
Suicide notes
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: William Blake (1)
Associate supervisor: Delarivier Manley (1), Nineteenth-Century Psychological Fiction (1), Jane Austen (1)
Associate supervisor: The Brontes (1), Walter Scott (1)
Expert for media contact
Literature - English
Eighteenth-Century Literature
Jane Austen
Romantic-period Literature
Suicide in Culture
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Media expertise
  • Literature - English
  • Poetry
  • Suicide
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • Gothic
  • Jane Austen
  • Romantic-period Literature
  • Suicide in Culture