Paul Sheehan

Associate Professor


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Paul Sheehan publishes and teaches in various areas of literature from the late nineteenth century to the present, particularly the changing cultures of modernism and postmodernism. His research and teaching interests also include literary and cultural theory, modern drama, and film studies.

Paul Sheehan has published two monographs on historical or 'first-wave' literary modernism, and continues to produce articles and essays in this area. He is currently completing two book projects on late, postwar modernism, addressing not only the literary field but also film and musical works. A third work-in-progress, tentatively entitled 'Transnational Coetzee', is taking shape under the aegis of a collaborative, ARC-funded Discovery Project. Several articles have already been published, as the first fruits of this project; the major outputs will be an edited collection of essays and a co-written, book-length study.


  • ENGL106 Literature and the Screen
  • ENGL202 20th Century Drama in Context
  • ENGL305 Modernism
  • ENGL702 20th Century Literature
  • ENGL704 Literary Theory
  • FOAR701 Posthumanism

Research student supervision


  • Andrea Zarate, "Becoming Worlds: Place, Subjectivity and Assemblage in Literature for Young Adults" (passed 2019).
  • Roland Ellis, "Imperialist Critique in Anglo-American Science Fiction" (passed 2018).
  • Lixia Liu, "Truth in Between: Postmodern Humanism in the Fiction of Julian Barnes" (passed 2018; awarded the VC's Commendation).
  • Donald Sillence, "Predictive Text: The Future of Narrative Fiction" (passed 2017).
  • Nathan Finger, "The Great War on Stage" (passed 2016).
  • Jennifer Simkins, "Modern Myth Creation in the Science Fiction of Wells, Clarke, Dick and Herbert" (passed 2015).
  • Joel Scott, "'Less Than Minor: Translation and / as Experimental Writing'" (passed 2014; awarded VC's Commendation).
  • James Mackenzie, "Aesthetics of Prophecy: The Beat Generation and Contemporary Culture" (passed 2013).
  • Michael Austin, "The Literature of Exception: Australian Post-9/11 Political Fiction" (passed 2012).
  • Niven Kuman, "Corpore in absentia: Anonymity and the Literature of Denial" (passed 2012).
  • Lucyna Swiatek, ""Nietzschean Auto-Agnosticism: A Genealogy of the Becoming Self" (passed 2011).
  • Dawne Yule, "The Production of Joy: Joy and the Poetry of Yeats, Harwood and Josephi" (passed 2011).
  • Gustavo Generani, "Imperial Horrors: Dialectic of British Gothic Literature (1885-1900)" (passed 2010).

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of London

BA (Hons), The University of New South Wales

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Research Outputs

Domestic Holocaust: Michael Haneke's intractable class war

Sheehan, P., 2019, Modernist work: labor, aesthetics, and the work of art. Attridge, J. & Rydstrand, H. (eds.). New York ; London: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 197-210 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Einstein, relativity and literary modernism

Sheehan, P., 2018, The Bloomsbury companion to modernist literature. Maude, U. & Nixon, M. (eds.). London ; New York: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 229-248 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Myth, absence, haunting: toward a zoopoetics of extinction

Sheehan, P., 2018, What is zoopoetics?: Texts, bodies, entanglement. Driscoll, K. & Hoffmann, E. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 167-190 24 p. (Palgrave studies in animas and literature).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Reading Heidegger's 'Black Notebooks 1931-1941'

Sheehan, P., 12 Mar 2018, In : The European Legacy: toward new paradigms. 23, 6, p. 726-728 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition review

  • Coetzee's republic: Plato, Borges, and migrant memory in The Childhood of Jesus

    Ng, L. & Sheehan, P., Feb 2017, J. M. Coetzee's The Childhood of Jesus: the ethics of ideas and things. Rutherford, J. & Uhlmann, A. (eds.). New York ; London: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 83-103 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter