Mr Todd Dearing

Casual Professional

Office of Graduate Research

place Social Sciences North (SSN394)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am an early career researcher whose work investigates the intersection of Romantic literature, art, psychology, and philosophy. I focus on Romanticist ideas of the human and conceptions of imagination, creativity, and genius, exploring how these ideas impact upon contemporary literary studies, art, and what it means to be human in the twenty-first century.

My doctorate thesis on the trope of the daimon in William Blake's Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion, read as an allegory for Blake’s humanism, is currently under examination. My broader research interests include English and German Romantic literature, art, and philosophy, (post)humanism, contemporary literary criticism, poetry, mythopoeia, and the links between psychology and literature.

I value excellence in research and teaching, and service to the academic and wider community.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Art History (Charles Sturt/Griffith)

Honours, awards and grants

Australian Goverment Research Training Program Scholarship (AGRTPS), 2017-2020

Travel Bursary, Romantic Futures symposium, Enlightenment Romanticism Contemporary Culture Research Unit, University of Melbourne, 2019

Travel Bursary, William Blake and the Idea of the Artist, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, 2019

Travel Bursary, Reading Writing Rioting symposium, Enlightenment Romanticism Contemporary Culture Research Unit, University of Melbourne, 2019

Participant, Flinders Academic Internship Program for Doctoral Students (AIPDS), 2018

Project Funding Award for HDR Students, Flinders University, 2018

Horizon Professional Development Award, Platinum (with Leadership Specialisation), Flinders University, 2019

Horizon Professional Development Award, Gold, Flinders University, 2018

Horizon Professional Development Award, Silver, Flinders University, 2017

Dean's Award, Charles Sturt University, 2016

Honours Scholarship, Charles Sturt University, 2016

Key responsibilities
  • Student Success Sub-Committee, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University, 2019-2020
  • HDR Student Representative, CHASS Research Committee, Flinders University, 2019
  • HDR Student Representative, Research Quality Committee, Flinders University, 2018
  • Postgraduate Representative and Webmaster, Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ANZSECS), 2017-
Teaching interests

English literature, Romantic literature and art, literary theory, literary criticism, poetry, literature and philosophy, Gothic literature, histories of English literature, reading methodologies.

Teaching experience

  • Tutor, ENGL1101: Approaches to Literature, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Tutor, ENGL2140: Epochs of English, Semester 1, 2019.
  • Guest Lecturer, 'Interpreting Poetry,' ENGL1102: Literary Interpretations, 6 August 2018.
  • Tutor, ENGL2140: Epochs of English, Semester 1, 2018.

Teaching statement

My philosophy of teaching sees English literature as an inclusive, innovative practice, and a key to students’ personal, professional, and cultural development because it facilitates critical and creative thinking, speaking, reading, and writing. These are immensely valuable skills for success in the world through improved communication, cultural understanding, and personal growth.

Expert for media contact
English literature
Poetry
Romantic-period literature
William Blake
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Interests
  • English literature
  • Poetry
  • Romantic-period literature
  • William Blake

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