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Three Papers in Contemporary Literary Study: Literature and the Political, Renaissance to Modern

A symposium at The University of Queensland.

Image: Louis Jean François Lagrenée, Poetry, c.1765, oil on copper, image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Date: 10 May 2019
Time: 10:30am–1:00pm, with morning tea from 10:00am
Venue: University of Queensland Art Museum Boardroom (Building 11), The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Enquiries: uqche@uq.edu.au
Register: Free. All welcome. Please RSVP by Wednesday 8 May to uqche@uq.edu.au

Download the Symposium programme



Associate Professor David Ruiter is based at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he is currently the university’s Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives. Ruiter has also served as Chair of the Department of English and Director of the Literature Program at UTEP, where he worked successfully to diversify the faculty and update the curriculum. His research has focused on Shakespeare, with current projects including Shakespeare and Social Justice and Just Play: Theatre as Social Justice. Apart from courses on Shakespeare, his teaching includes courses on the history of literary forms and on detective fiction. He is also at work, with Roy Mathew, on a book tentatively entitled Border Crossing in American Public Higher Education.

Professor Ruiter’s visit has been sponsored by the University of Queensland Node of the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions (UQ CHE).

Dr Meegan Hasted is a Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow with UQ CHE. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow with the School of Communication and Arts at UQ. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research has focused on Romantic-era literature and science. She is on the Executive Committee of the Romantic Studies Society of Australasia, holds degrees from UQ and The University of Sydney, and has taught literature extensively at both institutions. She has published on Keats and astronomy and is currently working on a manuscript entitled Romantic Cosmology: Astronomy and Geology in the Poetry of Keats, Shelley, and Byron.

Dr Indy Clark is also a Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow with UQ CHE. He teaches at The University of Queensland. His doctoral thesis, on Thomas Hardy’s poetry, received The University of Queensland Dean’s Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence. His book, Thomas Hardy’s Pastoral: An Unkindly May, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. Other publications include: “Imagined Villages and Knowable Communities: Work and the Pastoral in Thomas Hardy’s Poetry” in Pockets of Change (2011), articles for the Hardy Society Journal and Colloquy, and the annual research survey, “The Year’s Work in Hardy Studies” for Victorian Poetry. His current project is The Future in the Past: Garden City Poetry, 1885–1936.