Associate Professor Mandy Treagus

Associate Professor Mandy Treagus
 Position Honours Convenor
 Org Unit English and Creative Writing
 Telephone +61 8 8313 4573
 Location Floor/Room 6 06 ,  Napier ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    As a scholar of cultural texts I am primarily concerned with how individuals and societies construct meaning in different historical periods, together with the power relations inherent in this process. I pursue these inquiries via the analysis of literary texts, film, photographic and visual art forms, in the context of archival sources. I theoretically engage with critical approaches from the fields of Postcolonial and Decolonising Studies and Gender Studies in an overarching framework that pays close attention to the specificities and scholarship of each genre.

  • Qualifications

    PhD (1998) University of Adelaide

    Honours English (1992)

    Grad Dip Teaching (1977)

    BA (1976)


  • Teaching Interests

    Courses I teach:

    The Sixties: From the Beats to Bongs - fiction, poetry, film, music and politics from a decade that changed the world

    Icons of Decadence - late-nineteenth century fiction, poetry and culture in Britain, when everything was being rethought

    Body Culture Text - contemporary fiction, poetry, film, art, and critical theory, all concerned with embodiment and identity

    Pacific Literature Study Tour: Tonga - in intensive mode

    Film Studies - the visual cultures look at film

    Honours Research Essay - Trans-Tasman Currents - 100 years of fiction and poetry in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand


  • Research Interests

    Pacific Studies: literature, cultural history, visual studies

    British and colonial literature and culture 1880-1910

    Gender, sexuality and postcolonialism

    Australian literature


    Postgraduate Supervision

    Completions Since 2011

    Eleanor Wills. MPhil. 'Plumbago': A Novel. Exegesis: 'The Aftermath of Trauma: Finding a Voice'. Awarded 2017.

    Galen Cuthbertson. MPhil. 'An Algorithmic Criticism of Audience Manipulation in Christopher Marlowe's The Massacre at Paris'. Awarded 2017. 

    Doug McEachern. PhD. ‘Stardust and Golden’: A Novel. Exegesis: ‘Writing from Analysis to Fiction.’ Dean’s commendation for thesis. Awarded 2016.

    Genevieve Seys. M.Phil. ‘“Petticoated Police,” “Intimate Watching” and Private Agency(ies): Reading the Female Detective of Fin-de-siècle British Literature.’ Awarded 2016.

    Carolyn Lake. MPhil. ‘Passionately Subjective: Challenges to Identity in the Works of Amy Levy.’ Awarded 2016.

    Carly Osborn. PhD.  ‘Violence, Sacrifice and the American Dream: Post-war Novels as Troubled Tragedies.’ Awarded 2015. University Medal for thesis

    Gretta Mitchell. MPhil. Novel and exegesis. ‘Illegible Narratives: Towards a Queer Violation of Life Story.’ Awarded 2015. Dean’s commendation for thesis.

    Madeleine Seys. PhD. ‘Double Threads: Reading Dress, Fashion, Narrative and Representations of Femininity in Victorian Popular Literature.’ Awarded 2015.

    Vaisnavi Heath. PhD. Pearl: a Novel. Exegesis: The Golden Milkmaid: Writing from the Gaudiya Tradition. Awarded 2014.

    Lisa Lines. PhD. Welcome: a novel. Exegesis: Women's rights and prostitution in Thailand. Awarded 2013.

    Gillian Britton. PhD. Fuga: a novel. Exegesis: ‘The Musicalisation of …fuga: How Music Influenced and Shaped the Writing of a Novel’. Awarded 2012.

    Hannah Stark. PhD. ‘Deleuze’s Differential Ontology and the Problem of Ethics’. Awarded 2011. Forthcoming with Bloomsbury, 2016.

    Dylan Coleman. Novel: minya wunyi gu wonga. Exegesis: Narrative as Healing: Centering the Aboriginal Voice. Awarded 2011. Winner, David Unaipon Award for Unpublished Indigenous Manuscript. Awarded 2012. Published by University of Queensland Press.


  • Publications

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  • Professional Associations

    President: Australasian Victorian Studies Association

    President, Australian Association for Pacific Studies.

    Editorial boards: Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies; Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies; Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies

    Member: New Zealand Studies Association; Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies; Nineteeenth Century Studies Association; Australasian Performing Rights Association & SCALA

  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesEntertainment & Media, Literature & Publishing
    Expertiseliterature; popular culture; sport and gender; media; sexuality; Pacific culture, history and literature.
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