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Kirstin Mills specialises in gothic literature and visual media from the eighteenth century to the present day, as well as literature and culture of the long nineteenth century. Her research examines representations of space, the supernatural and the sciences of the mind, including nineteenth-century scientific theories of dreams, madness and alternative states of consciousness. She also works on various intersections between gothic texts and the historical, cultural and technological contexts they emerge within and are adapted into. Her published writing has focused on various approaches to the Gothic, including optics and space, dreams and higher-dimensional space, demonic animals and human gender, and the adaptation of classic gothic texts into twenty-first-century digital forms. She has published on authors such as Mary Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving, Horace Walpole, Gottfried August Bürger, Lewis Carroll, George MacDonald, and Lucas Malet.


Kirstin Mills is a Lecturer, HDR Programs in the Faculty of Arts where she convenes and teaches within the Faculty's postgraduate MRes/BPhil program, including:

- FOAR7001 Research Communications

- FOAR7002 Research Frontiers 1

- FOAR7003 Digital Literacies for Researchers

From 2009-2019, prior to her role as Lecturer, HDR Programs, Kirstin taught in the Department of English as a sessional lecturer and tutor.

Education/Academic qualification

Literature, PhD, Macquarie University


Literature, BA (Hons) First Class, Macquarie University


External positions

Lecturer-in-Charge, Australian Catholic University

Feb 2019Jul 2019

Twitter Manager for The George MacDonald Society

1 Jul 2016 → …

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Research Outputs

Hellish horses and monstrous men: Gothic horsemanship in Washington Irving and Edgar Allan Poe

Mills, K. A., 2020, Gothic animals: uncanny otherness and the animal with-out. Heholt, R. & Edmundson, M. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 223-240 18 p. (Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Dreaming into hyperspace: the Victorian spatial imagination and the origins of modern fantasy in MacDonald and Carroll

    Mills, K. A., 2018, Informing the Inklings: George MacDonald and the Victorian roots of modern fantasy. Partridge, M. & Jeffrey Johnson, K. (eds.). Hamden: Winged Lion Press, p. 129-147 19 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Five macabre things you didn't know about Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    Mills, K., 30 Oct 2018, The Lighthouse.

    Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteWebsite contribution

    Open Access
  • Frankenstein in hyperspace: the Gothic return of digital technologies to the origins of virtual space in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    Mills, K. A., 2018, Global Frankenstein. Davison, C. & Mulvey-Roberts, M. (eds.). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 265-281 17 p. (Studies in Global Science Fiction).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Open Access
  • Activities

    • 2 Invited talk

    Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, the Gothic and the Woman Question.

    Kirstin Mills (Speaker)
    5 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk