Professor Leigh Dale

Position: Professor, English Literatures
Qualifications: BA (UWA), MA PhD (Qld)
Location: 19.2109
+61 2 4221 3621


Leigh teaches English Literatures in the School of the Arts, English and Media.

Research Profile

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Current Research and Potential Topics for Postgraduate/Honours Supervision

1.  Australian literature

  • Recent publications have been on literary discussion in Australian newspapers (1930); the writing of Christos Tsiolkas; and twentieth-century fiction.
  • With Graham Barwell, I am preparing a scholarly edition of Katharine Susannah Prichard’s novel Coonardoo.      

2.  The history of teaching English in universities

  • My current project “Lessons from the Past”, with Jennifer McDonell (UNE), is concerned with the emergence of the idea of ‘English’ as a tertiary subject and scholarly discipline, in the second half of the nineteenth century. Recent publications in this area include:
    • The Enchantment of English: Professing English Literatures in Australian Universities (Sydney UP, 2012), as author.
    • Lessons from the Past: The History of Academic English, a special issue of Modern Languages Quarterly (75.2) edited with Jennifer McDonell and Marshall Brown.

3.  The representation of self harm

  • This ARC-funded project is on the history of approaches to self harm, and the representation of self harm in literature. It is concerned with the scholarly debates which organise self harm as a cultural phenomenon and an area of scholarly inquiry, over the last two centuries. Recent publications include:
    • Responses to Self Harm: An Historical Analysis of Medical, Religious, Military and Psychological Perspectives (McFarland, 2015).  
Last reviewed: 28 November, 2017