Associate Professor Kylie Cardell


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Research Biography

I teach and research in the field of Life Narrative studies. I am the author of Dear World: Contemporary Uses of the Diary (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014) and Editor (with Kate Douglas) of Telling Tales: Autobiography of Childhood and Youth (Routledge, 2015) and I am the essays Editor for the Australian scholarly journal, Life Writing. My primary research interest is in practices of documenting the everyday. In my work, I focus on marginal and ordinary forms of life writing, such as diaries, letters, and comics, as well as social media and digital, online modes and this is part of an ongoing attention to acts of contemporary self-representation that characterizes my research in general. 

Research Interests

  • Life writing/narrative across various media
  • Diary studies
  • Humour and autobiography
  • New media and self-representation
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Graphic novels/memoirs
  • Journalism
  • War narrative (nonfiction)
  • Feminist literature/memoir

Supervised Students Successes

  • Mar 2023 Katerina Bryant - Vice-Chancellor's Award for Dissertation Excellence
  • Dec 2020 Katerina Bryant - Best HDR Student Publication
  • Jan 2019 Ali Baker - Vice-Chancellor's Award for Dissertation Excellence
  • May 2017 Pamela Graham - Vice-Chancellor's Award for Dissertation Excellence
  • May 2017 Emma Maguire - Vice-Chancellor's Award for Dissertation Excellence
  • Jan 2014 Laura Deane - Vice-Chancellor's Award for Dissertation Excellence


  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Literature

Supervisory Interests

  • Popular culture, film and television
  • Social impact of new media technologies
  • Contemporary life narrative (auto/biography) in various media
  • Popular biography Biography studies
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Humour and autobiography
  • Life writing/life narrative
  • New media


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