Mr Todd Dearing

Casual Professional

Office of Graduate Research

Research expertise

My research focuses on Romanticist ideas of the human and conceptions of imagination, creativity, and genius. I explore how these ideas impact upon contemporary literary criticism and contemporary ideas of the human.

Research expertise

My research focuses on Romanticist ideas of the human and conceptions of imagination, creativity, and genius. I explore how these ideas impact upon contemporary literary criticism and contemporary ideas of the human.

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GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Todd Dearing is a PhD Candidate and Tutor in English 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).

Todd is currently completing his doctoral thesis on the trope of the daimon in William Blake's magnum opus, Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion, read as an allegory of Blake's humanism. His 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.

Qualifications

BA (Hons) (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

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
  • HDR Student Representative, CHASS Research Committee, Flinders University, 2019
  • Student Success Sub-Committee, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, 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-
Research expertise
Literary studies 
Research interests

Romanticism and the long eighteenth century, including

  • William Blake
  • British Romantic literature
  • German Romantic literature, art, and philosophy
  • Romantic conceptions of the human
  • Romantic ideas of genius and the daimon
  • Romantic theories of imagination and creativity
  • Romantic art

New literary humanism and contemporary literary criticism

The contemporary relevance of Romanticism and the Enlightenment

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

Mythopoeia in literature

Poetry

Literature and philosophy

  • (Post)humanism

Literature and psychology

  • Cognitive literary studies
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

Teaching English literature as an inclusive, innovative practice is a key to personal and cultural development because it facilitates critical and creative thinking, speaking, reading, and writing. These are immensely valuable skills for success in the world, and for personal growth and understanding.

Publications
Expert for media contact
English literature
Poetry
Romantic-period literature
William Blake
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0427 398 713
Interests
  • English literature
  • Poetry
  • Romantic-period literature
  • William Blake

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