School of Culture and Communication - Theses
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The sociology of the chick lit of Anita Heiss
Wiradjuri woman, Anita Heiss, is arguably one of the first Australian authors of popular fiction. Since 2007, she has published across a diversity of genres including chick lit, contemporary women’s fiction, romance, memoir ...
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller: spatial environments and experiments in sound
This thesis is the first scholarly monograph that comprehensively examines the work of contemporary Canadian artists Janet Cardiff (b. 1957) and George Bures Miller (b. 1960). It provides a detailed account of their sound ...
Syncope: female absence from the social scape
ABSTRACT This thesis will present, for the first time, an historical analysis of representations of syncope, that is, its aesthetic forms in Western religious art, secular art, film, and most recently in advertising. It ...
Extreme males: autistic masculinity in three bestsellers
Inspired by Simon Baron-Cohen’s theory that autism can be understood as an extreme version of typical male behaviour, this thesis will examine whether this view is reflected in the representation of autistic males in ...
Australia and the Pacific: the ambivalent place of Pacific peoples within contemporary Australia
My thesis examines the places (real and symbolic) accorded to Pacific peoples within the historical production of an Australian nation and in the imaginary of Australian nationalism. It demonstrates how these places reflect ...
Aestheticising deformity: an essay on Cute and the Young-Girl
This dissertation makes an argument for understanding Cute as a distinguishable aesthetic category whose emergence across the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries is intimately related to visual and verbal ...
Blind spots in motion: antinomies of distance in Eimear McBride's A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing (2013) and The Lesser Bohemians (2016)
Eimear McBride is an Irish experimental novelist whose striking two novels—A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing (2013) and The Lesser Bohemians (2016)—are bound together by the dreams and voices of their narrators. In them, McBride ...
Soma-masculinities: centring the body within studies of masculinities
Whilst feminist and queer scholarship have paid generous attention to bodies and embodiment in their attempts to better understand gender and sexuality, studies of masculinities have tended to lag behind. In this thesis, ...
Haunting fear: literary encounters with medieval, renaissance, and gothic ghosts
The ghost is an enduring figure in literature, one that has appeared over centuries in a plethora of different forms. The power of the ghost as a literary figure and the key to its endurance lies in the intense, heightened ...
Performing (Un)forgiveness: the psychomachia of recognition and the return of the colonial repressed in 21st century settler gothic drama
This project explores recent Australian plays that deploy the Gothic as a representational strategy that critiques the nation’s recent Reconciliation project. In these Gothic dramas, non-Indigenous characters and their ...