English and Creative Arts experts

Murdoch University’s experts are familiar with contemporary theories and practices of writing and performance, aesthetics and theatre semiology, and performance theory and practice across a range of areas.

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Professor Toby Miller

Cultural studies, media studies

Toby Miller is an interdisciplinary social scientist. A regular media commentator, his teaching and research covers media, sports, labour, gender, race, citizenship, politics and cultural policy.

He has published over 30 books and more than 100 journals and edited collections. Recent books discuss two diverse topics: the success of Hollywood around the world, and the adverse effects of electronic waste from discarded phones, TVs, and laptops. His books SportSex and A Companion to Film Theory were both named a Choice Outstanding Title.

He is a Professor of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Cardiff and a Sir Walter Murdoch Professor of Cultural Policy Studies at Murdoch University.

Simone Lazaroo

Dr Simone Lazaroo

Creative writing, author

Author of five novels, anthologised short stories and winner of the WA Premier’s Award for Fiction three-times, some of Dr Simone Lazaroo’s most recent short stories have been translated into Spanish for publication. Her published fiction explores individuals living at the juncture of cultures, including migrants, tourists and other travellers. She is currently working on a collection of stories exploring such encounters in contemporary cities.

She teaches creative writing at Murdoch University.

Christine Owen

Dr Christine Owen

Literature and creative writing

Dr Owen has published on eighteenth-century English literature and is also a current Australian Research Council OzReader for the Creative Arts.

She teaches literary studies and creative writing in Murdoch’s English program. Her publications include the monograph The Female Crusoe: Hybridity, Trade and the Eighteenth-Century Individual (2010); book chapters in Ulla Grapard and Gillian Hewitson, Robinson’s Crusoe’s Economic Man (2011) and Rosamund Dalzeill, Selves crossing cultures: autobiography and globalisation (2002); several academic articles and various short stories and poetry.

Jenny de Reuck

Associate Professor Jenny de Reuck

Connecting theatre and young people

An expert in Shakespeare and Elizabethan performance art, Associate Professor Jenny de Reuck runs the Children's Theatre unit at Murdoch University.

She writes and directs a new play for primary school children each year, several of which have been published as e-books and are used by teachers across Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Associate Professor de Reuck is currently working on her next e-book, which combines the performance of her most recent play, The Captive Carousel (2008), with commentary and images to help bring theatre into a contemporary context for young people.

Vijay Mishra

Professor Vijay Mishra

Salman Rushdie, Cinema and Film theory, English and Postcolonial literatures, Comparative Literature, Bibliography and Textual Criticism, Diasporas

Professor Mishra is currently working on two books – one on cinema and another on Salman Rushdie.

He is the author of a large number of refereed articles and book chapters in many areas of literary and cultural studies.

His scholarly monographs include Dark Side of the Dream: Australian Literature and the Postcolonial Mind, The Gothic Sublime, Devotional Poetics and the Indian Sublime, Bollywood Cinema: Temples of Desire, The Literature of the Indian Diaspora: Theorizing the Diasporic Imaginary, and What Was Multiculturalism?

Vijay Mishra is Professor of English Literature and Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Humanities Academy (FAHA).

Helena Grehan

Professor Helena Grehan

Theatre and Politics, Spectatorship, art and media, digital arts, art and ethics, race and representation.

Professor Helena Grehan is the Associate Dean, Research, in the School of Arts at Murdoch University.

She specialises in the study of theatre and contemporary art (performance art, installation and new media works).

She has lectured and written widely on the impact of art that is concerned with political, social or cultural issues on spectators and the public and on the role of art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

To reach these experts for media enquiries, contact:

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Phone: 08 9360 2491
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l.mcmanus@murdoch.edu.au

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