Mr Todd Dearing

Casual Academic

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Research expertise

As a researcher, I am particularly interested in the literary role of human imagination, creativity, and genius, and how the experience of reading literature may promote individual and cultural development.

Research expertise

As a researcher, I am particularly interested in the literary role of human imagination, creativity, and genius, and how the experience of reading literature may promote individual and cultural development.

place Humanities Building (SSN307)
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).

His doctorate research articulates a new, pluralistic, inquisitive methodology 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.

Qualifications

BA (Hons) (Charles Sturt/Griffith)

Honours, awards and grants

Australian Goverment Research Training Program Scholarship (AGRTPS) 2017-

Project Funding Award for HDR Students 2018, Flinders University

Horizon Professional Development Gold Award 2018, Flinders University

Horizon Professional Development Silver Award 2017, Flinders University

Dean's Award 2016, Charles Sturt University

Honours Scholarship 2016, Charles Sturt University

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
  • Genius and the daimon
  • Romantic theories of imagination and creativity
  • German literature, art, and philosophy
  • Romantic art

New literary humanism and contemporary literary criticism

The comtemporary relevance of Romanticism and the Enlightenment

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

Poetry

Philosophy and literature

  • (post)humanism

Literature and cognition

  • Cognitive literary studies
Teaching interests

Literary theory, literary criticism, poetry, literature and philosophy, Romantic literature, 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.

Publications

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