Dr Todd Dearing

Casual Academic

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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

I am a researcher and writer investigating the intersections of literature, art, psychology, and philosophy. I focus on conceptions of human nature, imagination, creativity, and genius, exploring how these impact upon what it means to be human in the twenty-first century. I have articles published in English Studies and forthcoming in Journal of Romanticism and have presented my work both nationally and internationally.

My doctoral thesis explores the trope of the daimon in William Blake’s Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion as an allegory for Blake’s humanistic vision. My thesis argues that Blake’s daimon provides a methodology for understanding and developing our humanity through literature.

I value excellence in research, teaching, and leadership as a way of service to the academic and wider community.

Research interests:

  • English Romanticism
  • German Romanticism
  • Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Anglo-German Romantic culture and thought
  • Cognitive poetics
  • William Blake
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Johann Wilhelm von Goethe
  • Johann Georg Hamann
  • Wilhelm von Humboldt
  • Psychology and literature
  • Language, poetry, mythology, mythopoesis
  • Imagination, genius, creativity, the daimon
  • Deep history, archeo-psychology, embodied imagination
  • Narratology and characterisation
  • Contemporary literary theory, practice, pedagogy, and criticism
  • The Humanities - past, present, and future
  • New literary humanism
  • Art history
  • Human potential
  • Literature and wisdom

Doctor of Philosophy (English Literature), Flinders University, 2020 (PhD thesis complete; conferral due September 2020)

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

Bachelor of Arts in Art History (Griffith University)

Honours, awards and grants

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

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

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

Horizon Professional Development Award, Gold, Flinders University, 2018

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

Project Funding Award for HDR Students, 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
  • Conference Organising Committee, 17th David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies, Adelaide, 2019-2020
  • Student Success Sub-Committee, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University, 2019
  • 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

  • Marking, ENGL2140: Epochs of English, Semester 1, 2020
  • Marking, ENGL1102: Literary Interpretations, Semester 2, 2019
  • 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

English, taught and learnt in an authentic manner, leads to greater personal, professional, and cultural development because it facilitates analytical and creative thinking, excellent written and oral communication skills, an understanding of oneself and others, and a sense of historical and cultural perspective. It provides immensely valuable skills and knowledge for success in the world.

  • English Literature
  • Poetry
  • Romanticism
  • The Humanities
  • William Blake