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Antonina has MA and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto, and joined Macquarie in 2004. Her current research on medieval and more recent English texts combines literary analysis with ideas and methods from cognitive science to investigate how the mind makes meaning from a text. Her most recent book is Cognitive Approaches to Old English Poetry (2012). Her wide-ranging research programme, supported by Australian Research Council Discovery Project funding, includes investigations into literature and emotion, ideas about the self and autobiographical memory in literature, metaphor and concepts of the mind, and narrative poetry.

Antonina has over twenty years' tertiary teaching experience from four universities in Canada and Australia (Toronto, Melbourne, Sydney, and Macqaurie). This experience includes extensive unit and program development at undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels, in both on-campus and online delivery modes. At Macquarie, she currently convenes the foundation unit, ENGL 120, Approaches to English Literature, and teaches units on narrative and literary language. As part of her commitment to teaching quality, she has completed a Graduation Certificate in Higher Education. Her success in curriculum design and support of student learning has been recognised by Faculty, University and national (Office of Learning and Teaching) citations.

Antonina has been Head of Department since 2011, and has a strong record of leadership and policy development in curriculum, Higher Degree Research training, and staff development.

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metaphor Social Sciences
language Social Sciences
poetry Social Sciences
English literature Social Sciences
mentality Social Sciences
shame Social Sciences
narrative Social Sciences
linguistics Social Sciences

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Projects 2007 2020

Research Outputs 1990 2019

The Old English vocabulary of emotions: glossing affectus

Harbus, A., 2019, Before emotion: the language of feeling, 400-1800. Feros Ruys, J., Champion, M. W. & Essary, K. (eds.). New York ; London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 51-60 10 p. (Routledge Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture; no. 14).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Old English
Idiomatic Language

Joy in the Emotional Life of the Anglo-Saxons

Harbus, A., 2018, (Accepted/In press) The Daily Lives of the Anglo-Saxons. Biggam, C., Hough, C. & Izdebska, D. (eds.). Tempe, AZ: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Vol. 8. p. 187-203 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Memory in Anglo-Saxon Studies

Harbus, A., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Handbook of Pre-Modern Nordic Memory Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches. Glauser, J., Hermann, P. & Mitchell, S. (eds.). De Gruyter

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

The Long View: Cognitive Poetic Approaches to “Dynamic Affect” in Early English Verse

Harbus, A., Feb 2018, Expressive Minds and Artistic Creations: Studies in Cognitive Poetics. Csabi, S. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 159-179 21 p. (Cognition and Poetics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Early English

A cognitive approach to alliteration and conceptualization in medieval English literature

Harbus, A., 1 Jul 2017, In : English Language and Linguistics. 21, 2, p. 203-219 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

English literature