Research interests – Areas of supervision

  • Modernism – Surrealism
  • Religion/Literature
  • Poetry/Cinema
  • André Breton, Antonin Artaud, Jean Cocteau


Current projects

  • I am currently working on Cocteau: a first monograph (a critical introduction to Le Testament d’Orphée) feeds into a larger project on Cocteau’s poetics and the underlining principle of his work, which I argue is that of metamorphoses – both as a subject matter (for instance the transformation myths he continually goes back to) and as a form (the constant transformation of art forms, often within a set medium).
  • This will expand into a collaborative project on the interface between literature/poetry and cinema, focussing on poets and writers who were also film-makers, script-writers or otherwise involved in cinema.
  • My work also remains concerned with the problematic of the sacred in modernist literature, and with Artaud’s writings.


  • Eleanor Bryce, ‘Dystopia in Samuel Beckett’s plays’ (MPhil dissertation, Aberystwyth University)
  • Kyla Vaz, ‘Translating puns: Achille Talon (MA Translation, Monash University)
  • Eloise Hopkinson, ‘La mise en abyme from Gide to Houellebecq (Honours, Monash University)
  • Karen Pereira, ‘Translating Le Chameau sauvage by P. Janeada (MA Translation, Monash University)
  • Frances Egan, ‘Translating Daimler s’en va by F. Berthet (MA Translation, Monash University)
  • Felicity Chapman, ‘La Parisienne – Figure of French Cinema (PhD, Monash University)
  • Miriam Saward, ‘Community in Robert Guédiguian’s Films (PhD, Monash University)
  • Jessica Trevitt, ‘Translating the Translational’ (PhD, Monash University)

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