Dr Heather Kerr

 Position Senior Lecturer
 Org Unit English and Creative Writing
 Email heather.kerr@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8313 5031
 Location Floor/Room 5 05 ,  Napier Building ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Senior Lecturer, English and Creative Writing, School of Humanities


  • Qualifications

    PhD,  The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK 1985 

    BA (Hons), Flinders University, South Australia 1980

  • Awards & Achievements

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dean's Prize for Postgraduate Supervision, 2009

    University of Adelaide, Stephen Cole, The Elder, Prize for Excellence in Teaching, 1993


  • Teaching Interests

    Course convenor 2014 ."Renaissance Writing" (advanced level) S2



  • Research Interests

    I am an Associate Investigator in the "Change" program of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, working in the area of passion, affect, emotion, feeling, and mood and their traditions of representation in the western cultural traditions. I am interested in how feelings are enlisted in the service of moral ideas (ecology, emancipation, justice, etc). My current research is focussed on the afterlives of 18th century theories of sympathy and other moral sentiments in current discourse about affect and emotion.

    I maintain an active interest in the inter-relationships between rhetoric, drama and law in the Early Modern period, with special reference to the handling of circumstancial evidence, an aspect of my PhD at the University of Birmingham, and of my Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Otago. 


  • Publications

    Co-edited Books

    Fama and Her Sisters: Gossip and Rumour in Early Modern Europe. Edited with Claire Walker. Forthcoming. Brepols.

    Passions, Sympathy and Print Culture: Public Opinion and Emotional Authenticity in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Edited with David Lemmings and Robert Phiddian. Forthcoming. Palgrave Macmillan.

    Projections of Britain in the United States of America, Australia and New Zealand: 1900-1950. Edited with Dr Lawrence Warner. Lythrum Press, 2008.

    The Space Between: Australian Women Writing Fictocriticism. Edited with Amanda Nettelbeck. University of Western Australia Press, 1998.

    Shakespeare: World Views. Edited with Robin Eaden and Madge Mitton. Univ of Delaware Press, 1996

    Shakespeare and the World Elsewhere. Proceedings: Australian And New Zealand Shakespeare Association Conference 'Shakespeare Outside England', February 1992, Edited with Robin Eaden and Madge Mitton. Flinders University Press, 1993.

    Edited Journals

    Cultural Studies Review 12.1 (2006) Special issue on Ecologies, co-edited with Dr Emily Potter

    Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 13. 3 (1999) ‘Postcoloniality/Cultural Studies: Representing Difference.' Guest editorship with Associate Professor Kay Schaffer

    Southern Review, General Editor vols 26, numbers 1,2,3 (1993) and 27, numbers 1,2,3,4 (1994).

    Refereed Book Chapters

    Forthcoming. 'Petrarchan Melancholy and 'Mimic' Forms in Nature: Figuring Sympathy in Charlotte Turner Smith's Poetics'. Poetries of Melancholia. Edited by Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi and David Miller.  Manchester University Press.

    Forthcoming. 'Sociable Tears in The Tempest'. Shakespeare and Emotions. Edited by Mark Houlahan, Katrina O'Loughlin, and Bob White. Under publisher review.

    "Melancholy Botany: Charlotte Smith's Bioregional Imaginary". The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology, and Place. Edited by Tom Lynch, Cheryll Glotfelty, and Karla Armbruster. Athens: University of Georgia Press. 2012.

    "Romancing the Handbook: Scenes of Detection in Arden of Faversham"
    'This Earthly Stage': World and Stage in Late Medieval and Early Modern England. Ed. Brett D. Hirsch and Christopher Wortham. Turnhout: Brepols, 2010. 173-192.  Print. Cursor Mundi, 13.

    ‘Perverse Writing - Maternity and Monarchy: Fictocriticism and Exorbitant, Plural Bodies,' in Gender Reconstructions; Pornography and Perversions in Literature and Culture, Susan Bernardo, Cindy Carlson and Robert Mazzola, eds. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002. 148-66.

    ‘Trembling Hyphen/Shaking Hinge; Margaret Cavendish and Queer Literary Subjectivity,' in Women Writing 1550-1750. Jo Wallwork and Paul Salzman, eds. La Trobe: Meridian, 2001. 215-36.

    Titus Andronicus: Models of Textuality and Authorship.' Shakespearean Criticism, volume 43, ‘Violence in Shakespeare's Works.' Michelle Lee and Kathy D. Darrow, eds. Detroit and London: Gale, 1999. 186-195.

    Refereed Articles

    In preparation. Working title - 'Melancholy Atmospheres: Museal Moods'. Invited contribution for special issue of PAN 11, 2014.

    Submitted March 2014. Co-author, with Cally Guerin and Ian Green. 'Supervision Pedagogies: Narratives from the Field'.

    ‘Fictocritical Empathy and the Work of Mourning'. Cultural Studies Review volume 9, number 1 (2003). 180-200.


    ‘Sympathetic Topographies' Parallax volume 7, number 2 (2001). 107-26.


    ‘Prosthetic Architectures,' Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies volume 15, number 1 (2001). 97-102.

    ‘Textual Politics in Titus Andronicus: "Record", Maxim and an Icon of Justice', AUMLA 81 (May 1994): 1-19.

    ‘Aaron's Letter and Acts of Reading: The Text as Evidence in Titus Andronicus', AUMLA 77 (May 1992): 1-19

    Titus Andronicus: Models of Textuality and Authorship', Cahiers Elisabethains: Late Medieval and Renaissance Studies 41 (April 1992): 17-32.

    ‘Sir Thomas Elyot, "Marcus Geminus" and a Comedy for Elizabeth I at Oxford, 1566', AUMLA 73 (November 1990): 101-115

    Thomas Garter's Susanna: "Pollicie" and "True Reporte"', AUMLA 72 (May 1989): 183-202

     Refereed Review Essays

    The “Real Lesson of an Education in Visual Culture”’ Postcolonial Studies volume 4, number 1 (2001) 91-104. Review of Nicholas Thomas and Diane Losche, eds, Double Vision: Art Histories and Colonial Histories in the Pacific. Cambridge: CUP, 1999, and Anne Maxwell, Colonial Photography and Exhibitions: Representations of the ‘Native’ and the Making of European Identities. London and NY: Leicester University Press, 1999.

    ‘Shakespeare ‑ Postcoloniality ‑ Adelaide, 1999.’ Postcolonial Studies volume 3, number 1 (April 2000): 441-449.  Review of Ania Loomba and Martin Orkin, eds. Post-Colonial Shakespeares (Routledge, 1998).


    ‘ “My Mother Resides in the Beating Artery”: Engendering Voices for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.’ Australian Feminist Studies vol 12, number 25 (April 1997): 15-2.  Review of Elizabeth Harvey, Ventriloquized Voices: Feminist  Theory and English Renaissance Texts (Routledge [1992], rpt. 1995) and Andrew Lynch and Philippa Maddern, eds. Venus and Mars: Engendering Love and War in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Univ of WA Press, 1995).

    Commissioned work (unrefereed)

    Catalogue Essay for Jam Factory exhibition ‘United Notions', jointly authored with Lisa Harms (July 2003)

    ‘Notes for an impossible electronic writing: no sublime "white despair", no "architectural object", no "irreplaceable china dogs" (Genette).' Installation and website for Lux: notes towards an electronic writing practice September 1999 at Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia. Archived on line Published as limited edition book (/50). Curator/editor Teri Hoskin.

    ‘Therapeutics.' Paper for Ensemble Logic project. Electronic Writing Research Ensemble. 2.9.98. Book and CD, ed. Teri Hoskin and Simon Robb.

    ‘Prosthetics'. Broadsheet 27.4 (Summer 1998): 10,11.

    Un-refereed Conference Proceedings

    ‘Fictocriticism, the "Doubtful Category" and "The Space Between"'. Crossing Lines: Formations of Australian Culture. Eds. Caroline Guerin, Philip Butterss, Amanda Nettelbeck. Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 1996. 93-6

    Recent reviews

    Review of Imtiaz Habib, Black Lives in the English Archives, 1500-1677: Imprints of the Invisible. (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008). Parergon 2011.

    Review of Jennifer C. Vaught, Masculinity and Emotion in Early Modern English Literature. (Women and Gender in the Early Modern World), (Aldershot, Ashgate, 2008) Parergon 25.2 (2008): 188-189.

    Review of Sylvia Bowerbank, Speaking for Nature: Women and Ecologies of Early Modern England (London and Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004) Parergon 24.2 (2007): 165-167


  • Professional Associations

    Australian Research Council, Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

    Association for the Study of Literature, Environment, and Culture -ANZ

    Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies

    Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association 



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