School of Culture and Communication - Theses
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Enlightenment at sea: Melville's maritime politics
This thesis examines the political thought of nineteenth-century American author Herman Melville. Reading him in dialogue with Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau and Kant, I argue his works speak back to the Founders’ ...
Development and evaluation of a semantic-based access framework for health record linkage
Record linkage is the task of finding records in data sources that refer to the same entity across those different resources. In the health domain, record linkage is commonly used for identifying records belonging to the ...
Remembering Edouard Borovansky and his company 1939 - 1959
This project sets out to establish that Edouard Borovansky, an ex-Ballets Russes danseur/ teacher/choreographer/producer, was ‘the father of Australian ballet’. With the backing of J. C. Williamson’s Theatres Limited, he ...
The endurance of horror film masks: ritual, power, and transformation
This thesis surveys a range of horror film masks to explore why they have been such an enduring generic motif in horror cinema. Their potency as transhistorical, transnational artefacts has played a significant role in ...
This thing is intricate and it's everywhere: the art of Michael Stevenson as a model of historical time
This thesis is the first detailed, scholarly analysis of the practice of the Berlin-based New Zealand artist Michael Stevenson (b. 1964). It examines the substantial body of work extending from Stevenson’s paintings of the ...
Writing DNA: why does the human animal write creatively?
This thesis argues that creative writing is a form of play that uses cognitive patterns of information. It begins with a collection of short fiction, titled Small Science, loosely based around scientific themes, particularly ...
The political ecology of MasterChef Australia: negotiating sustainability in food television production
The sustainability of food production, distribution and consumption is becoming increasingly pressing in everyday life. While the representation of environmental issues has been the main focus of debates in media studies, ...
A creative nation is a productive nation: a theoretical and contextual exploration of Tasmania’s Collect Art loan scheme
Tasmania’s Collect Art loan scheme enables eligible consumers to take out an interest free loan from the Tasmanian Government in order to purchase works of art. As the first scheme of its kind in Australia, Collect Art ...
From diplomacy to diffusion: the Macartney mission and its impact on the understanding of Chinese art, aesthetics, and culture in Great Britain, 1793-1859
Recent art historical scholarship has begun to expand with studies in cross-cultural convergences and transferences garnering newfound attention. This dissertation, through a series of close readings, examines how the ...
Here be monsters: body imagery in the poetry of Sylvia Plath
My thesis, entitled Here be Monsters: Body Imagery in the Poetry of Sylvia Plath, is 50% Dissertation and 50% Creative Writing. Poetry is a bridge between the experience of individual realities and a world of representation, ...