Mr Todd Dearing

Casual Academic

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Research expertise

My doctorate research articulates a pluralistic and inquisitive theory of literary humanism for the twenty-first century through a study of the trope of the daimon in William Blake's epic poem Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion.

Research expertise

My doctorate research articulates a pluralistic and inquisitive theory of literary humanism for the twenty-first century through a study of the trope of the daimon in William Blake's epic poem Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion.

place Humanities Building (319)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Todd is a PhD Candidate and Tutor in English literature at Flinders University. He is a recipient of the Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) and participant in the Flinders 2018 Academic Internship Program for Doctoral Students (AIPDS). He completed a BA(Hons) with First Class Honours in art history at Charles Sturt University (2016), following from a BA in art history at Griffith University (2015).

His research interests include Romanticism; eighteenth-century English and German literature, art, and philosophy; literary humanism; poetry; the philosophy of literature; and the links between cognitive science and literature. He is particularly interested in how literature engages with concepts of the imagination and reality, and their interaction, in relation to ideas of genius, creativity, human potential, and cultural development.

Qualifications

BA (Hons) (Charles Sturt/Griffith)

Honours, awards and grants

Australian Goverment Research Training Program Scholarship (AGRTPS) 2017-

Horizon Silver Award 2017, Flinders University

Dean's Award 2016, Charles Sturt University

Honours Scholarship 2016, Charles Sturt University

Key responsibilities
  • Postgraduate Representative, College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University, 2018-
  • HDR Student Representative, Research Quality Committee, Flinders University, 2018-
  • Postgraduate Representative, Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ANZSECS), 2017-
  • Committee Member, Flinders WHIP Postgraduate Association, 2018
  • Horizon Student Partners Program, 2018
Research expertise
Literary studiesĀ 
Research interests

Romanticism and the long eighteenth century, including

  • William Blake
  • British Romantic literature
  • Genius and the daimon
  • Romantic theories of imagination and creativity
  • German literature and philosophy
  • Romantic art

Literary humanism

Creativity, genius, the daimon, and imagination in literature and art

Poetry

Philosophy and literature

Literature and cognition

Teaching interests

Tutor, ENGL2140: Epochs of English, Semester 1, 2018.

Guest Lecturer, 'Interpreting Poetry,' ENGL1102: Literary Interpretations, 6 August 2018.

Publications