By Colin

As a researcher in the discipline of English and Cultural Studies, I have published a number of academic research projects on a number of topics both related to and tangentially related to my primary research area(s).

I have experience in both public speaking and presenting material to public audiences, having delivered papers at a number of academic study days and conferences.


In May 2017, I presented a talk for UWA’s Institute of Advanced Studies as part of their New Perspectives on Jane Austen lecture series celebrating the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death.

In this talk, titled Parody and Prejudice: Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey and the Literary Gothic Tradition, I examined the importance of eighteenth century Gothic novels on Austen’s Gothic parody Northanger Abbey.

Book Chapters


A project on heart imagery in early modern poetry in The Feeling Heart in Medieval and Early Modern Europe : Meaning, Embodiment and Making (forthcoming, in Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture)

Repulsions, Convulsions and Compulsions: Horror, Humor and Repetition in American Psycho and Fight Club
in Sidesplitting: sLaughter in Popular Cinema ( forthcoming)

Mouthed Graves Will Give Thee Memory: Burial Sites and Poetic Immortality in Renaissance Verse
in The Final Crossing: Death and Dying in Literature (2015)

“’Doesn’t Everyone Want Their Parents Dead’: Monstrous Children in the Films of  Ridley Scott”
in Holy Terrors: Essays on Monstrous Children in Cinema (2015)

Peer Reviewed Articles


Night Of the Living Dead: Three Ghost Scenes and the Character of Hamlet (Short Essay, 2012) in The Shakespeare Institute Review: Shakespeare, Death and Mortality, Vol.1. pp.41-47

URL: Article PDF can be downloaded here.

Conference Papers

Six Hamlets in Search of a Ghost: Horror and Emotions in Cinematic Adaptations of the Ghost Scene

Hamlet: Then and Now Conference. April 10-11, Perth, Australia (2017)

Heart Imagery, Grotesque Realism and Ambiguity in Early Modern Poetry

Heart Study Day, Centre of Excellence for History of the Emotions. March 11, Melbourne, Australia (2016)

Mirroring Reality in the Landscapes of Oda’s One Piece: Possible (Island) Worlds

3rd Mechademia Conference on Anime, Manga and Media Theory from Japan. Nov 29-Dec 2, Seoul, South Korea (2012)

Shakespeare and the Grotesque: Emotional Ambivalence in the Sonnets

Shakespeare and Emotions: 11th Biennial International Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association. 28-30 Nov. Perth, Western Australia (2012)

What’s in a name? The Transferability of “Petrarch” as a Medieval Icon

Receptions: Medieval and Early Modern Cultural Appropriations, UWA Centre for Medieval Studies / Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group. 17-18 August, Perth, Western Australia (2012)

From Petrarch’s 134 to Popular Culture: A History of Ambivalence

Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern World: A conference of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of the Emotions in Europe 1100-1800. 9 -11 June, Perth, Western Australia (2011)


Magic and Ordering “Reverie”: The influence of King James’ Daemonologie on Shakespeare’s Prospero

Shakespearean Reverie Symposium, 6-8 October. Toowoomba, Queensland (2011)


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'horror': Middle English: via Old French from Latin horror, from horrere ‘tremble, shudder’.

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