Mr 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 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 studies the trope of the daimon in William Blake's Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion as an allegory for Blake’s humanism. I show how Blake’s daimon provides a methodology for understanding and developing our own humanity through literature.

I have presented my research both nationally and internationally at a range of academic conferences, as well as to public audiences at local council venues. As an early career academic, 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
Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (English Literature), Flinders University, 2020 (PhD thesis complete, awaiting conferral)

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

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
  • 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

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.

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

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