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Teaching and Leadership

Kirstin Mills is the Faculty MRes Director and Lecturer, HDR Programs in Macquarie University's Faculty of Arts. In this role she convenes the Faculty's Master of Research and Bachelor of Philosophy program, and also designs and teaches core research and communication skills within it. Some of these units include:

- FOAR7001 Research Communications
- FOAR7002 Research Frontiers 1
- FOAR7003 Digital Literacies for Researchers

From 2009-2019, prior to her role as Faculty MRes Director and Lecturer, Kirstin taught in Macquarie University's Department of English as a sessional lecturer and tutor. She taught on a wide range of units at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and on literature from the medieval to the contemporary.

Research interests

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.

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

  • The supernatural fourth dimension in Lucas Malet's The Carissima and The Gateless Barrier

    Mills, K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) The Palgrave handbook of steam age gothic. Bloom, C. (ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

    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, USA: 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

  • 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