Researcher

Professor Helen Groth

My Expertise

 

I am an expert on the history of literature, with particular expertise in nineteenth-century literature (Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot). I am also able to speak to and about contemporary fiction.

Here is a recent radio appearance on Radio National's The Book Shelf, where I reviewed German author Roland Schimmelpfennig's novel One Clear Ice-Cold January Morning at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century. 

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/the-bookshelf/ 

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

After completing my PhD at the University of Cambridge, I taught at the University of Exeter before returning to Australia where I have held positions at the University of Melbourne, Macquarie University, and an Australian Research Council Fellowship at the University of Sydney. I came to UNSW in 2010 to take up an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2010-2014) in the School of Arts and Media. 

My main areas of research are -...view more

After completing my PhD at the University of Cambridge, I taught at the University of Exeter before returning to Australia where I have held positions at the University of Melbourne, Macquarie University, and an Australian Research Council Fellowship at the University of Sydney. I came to UNSW in 2010 to take up an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2010-2014) in the School of Arts and Media. 

My main areas of research are - Victorian literature and visual culture, technology and literature, the cultural history of the senses, the intersection of the histories of science of mind and literature, literature and pre-cinema, noise and the novel and the history of sound. I am the sole author of 2 books Victorian Photography and Literary Nostalgia (Oxford University Press, 2003) and Moving Images. Nineteenth-Century Reading and Screen Practices (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), as well as the co-author of a third monograph (with Natalya Lusty), Dreams and Modernity. A Cultural History (Routledge, 2013). The latter research on dreams and the history of the science of mind was funded by an ARC Discovery Grant (2010-2013). I have also coedited a number of books and special issues of journals including a special issue of Textual Practice ‘On Anachronism’ (2012), Sounding Modernism (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), and Mindful Aesthetics. Literature and the Science of Mind (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013).

My ongoing research explores the ways in which literature has historically registered some voices and sounds and filtered out others as noise. This focus has informed recent publications on the gramophone, phonographic books, Australian literary soundscapes, Christina Stead and rioting in nineteenth century literature, as well as the forthcoming publications listed below.

My recent research on rioting and the literary archive is funded by an Australian Research Council Grant (2018-2021). 

 

Forthcoming Publications:

"Critical Listening," in Reading Nineteenth-Century Literature. Essays in Honor of J.Hillis Miller, eds., Julian Wolfreys and Monika Szuba (Oxford University Press, invited and forthcoming 2019).

"Literary Soundscapes," in Literature and Sound, ed. Anna Snaith (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019).

"Charlotte Bronte and the Listening Reader," in The Brontes and the Idea of the Human: Science, Ethics, and the Imagination,ed., Alexandra Lewis (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming late 2019).

Research Summary

Victorian Literature and visual culture, technology and literature, cultural history of the senses, history of science and literature, literature and pre-cinema/spectacle; noise and the novel; the history of sound.


My Grants

Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (with Jumana Bayeh and Julian Murphet) 2018-2021

Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (with Natalya Lusty) 2010 - 2013

Australian Research Council Future Fellow, University of New South Wales 2010 - 2014

Macquarie University Research Development Grant 2006 - 2009

Australian Research Council Fellow, University of Sydney 1998 - 2001

Australian Research Council Discovery Grant 2003 - 2005

Macquarie Early Career Research Grant 2005.

 


My Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts, 1st Class Hons, University of Sydney; PhD, University of Cambridge, FAHA


My Awards

Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2016.


My Engagement

 

Australasian Victorian Studies Association, member.
North American Victorian Studies Association, member.
Modern Languages Association, member.
Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
Judging Panel, for Voss Literary Prize, 2015. 
Australasian Association of Literature, co-founding member and Vice-President 2007 - 2010
Australasian Association of Literature, co-founding member and President 2010 - 2014
Founding Executive member of the AUHE - Australian Heads of English 2012 - 2016.
Member of Editorial Board, Victoriographies, (Edinburgh University Press)
Member of Editorial Board, Cogent Arts & Humanities (Routledge)
Member of the Editorial Board, Affirmations 
Member of the Editorial Committee, Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies
 

 


My Teaching

Areas of HDR supervision:
Nineteenth-Century & Twentieth-Century Literature
Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture
Literature & Sound Studies
Literature and the History of Cinema
Literature and the Science of Mind
Gothic and Popular Fiction

Current HDR supervisions as Primary Supervisor are:
Elizabeth Drumm, Precarity and Nineteenth-Century Fiction
Patricia May, Reading Domesticity in the writing of Virginia Woolf
Katherine Sumner, Thomas Chatterton and the performance of literary professionalism
Chunhui Lu, Virginia Woolf & Gilles Deleuze

Recent HDR completions as Primary Supervisor are:
Penelope Hone, Voice and the Nineteenth-Century Novel (Awarded 2016)
Jayne Chapman, Hand and Mechanical Reproduction in Nineteenth-Century Poetry (Awarded 2017)
Clare Caldwell, Adolescent Masculinity in Twentieth-Century American Young Adult Fiction. (Awarded 2018)

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Location

RM 220, Level 2 Robert Webster

Contact

+61 2 9385 4864
+61 2 9385 6812