Professor Robert Phiddian


College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (232)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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 has been 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). Most recently he is the author of Satire and the Public Emotions (Cambridge UP, 2019) and co-author (with Julian Meyrick and Tully Barnett) of What Matters?: Talking Value in Australian Culture (Monash UP, 2018).

BA (Hons), PhD (Melbourne)
Key responsibilities

Research Integrity Adviser, College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences.

Topic coordinator
ENGL2140 Epochs of English
ENGL2120 Shakespeare
Supervisory interests
Literary studies
Higher degree by research supervision
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)
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)
Expert for media contact
English Language
Literature - English
Adelaide Festival of Ideas
Australian Political Satire
English Language and Literature
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+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • English Language
  • Humour
  • Literature - English
  • Adelaide Festival of Ideas
  • Australian Political Satire
  • English Language and Literature

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