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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.


  • ENGL1002 Literature: Modern and Contemporary
  • ENGL2030 Literature and the Visual
  • ENGL3010 20th-Century Literature: Human to Posthuman
  • ENGL7000 Textual Analysis, Literary Theory and Creative Practice Research

Research student supervision


  • Rebekah Peach, "Power, Place and Perspective: Exploring Subjectivity in Twenty-First Century Fairy-Tale Adaptations" (passed 2020).
  • 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

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

BA (Hons), The University of New South Wales

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000


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