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Dr Ryan Twomey's main area of research currently investigates intersections between literature and modern television. Working on 'Complex Televsion', Dr Twomey has published on Stranger Things, Mad Men, True Detective, and the television series Fargo. His current monograph, due out with Palgrave in 20202, examines Authenticity and Realism in the HBO series, The Wire. Dr Twomey teaches both internal units, and in Macquarie's Open University Australia (OUA) program. For 2020, Dr Twomey will be convening ENGL2030: Literature and the Visual, and the first year foundation unit ENGL1002 through the Macquarie University English Department.


Internal Units:

  • ENGL120 - Approaches to English Literature
  • ENGL209 - Children's Literature
  • ENGL370 - Reason, Imagination, Revolution: Pope to Austen
  • ENGL704 - Literary Theory

OUA Units:

  • ENGX120 - Approaches to English Literature
  • ENGX209 - Children's Literature
  • ENGX370 - Reason, Imagination, Revolution: Pope to Austen

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The University of New South Wales

M.Ed, The University of New England

BA (Hons), Australian Catholic University

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Research Outputs

Maria Edgeworth's The Double Disguise: language development, experimentation, and the importance of juvenilia

Twomey, R., 17 Mar 2019, In : Estudios Irlandeses. 14, 1, p. 169-178 10 p.

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    Oedipus in Vinci: parental dynamics in True Detective season two

    Twomey, R., 2018, True Detective: critical essays on the HBO series. Stoddart, S. F. & Samuel, M. (eds.). Lexington Books, p. 167-186 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    An allusion in Maria Edgeworth's The Double Disguise to the historical poisoning at the Castle Inn at Salt Hill

    Twomey, R., 1 Dec 2017, In : Notes and Queries. 64, 4, p. 550-552 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Competing nostalgia and popular culture: AMC's Mad Men and Netflix's Stranger Things

    Twomey, R., 6 Nov 2017, (Submitted) Stranger Things: eighties nostalgia, cynicism and innocence. Wetmore, K. (ed.). McFarland & Company

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter