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Research Biography

Robert Phiddian teaches in Renaissance and Eighteenth Century literature and has a special interest in political satire, parody, and humour. He researches political satire, especially current Australian political cartoons with Haydon Manning. He has been Chair of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas, Director of the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC), and a Board member of the Australian Book Review and of the international Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes (CHCI). Most recently he is the author of Satire and the Public Emotions (Cambridge UP, 2019) and co-author (with Julian Meyrick and Tully Barnett) of What Matters?: Talking Value in Australian Culture (Monash UP, 2018).

Research Interests

I am particularly interested in political satire in literature and editorial cartoons. I am willing to consider research projects in 17th and 18th century literature, contemporary Australian political cartoons, and theories of satire, parody, and irony.

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Research Output

Australian cartoonists at the end of empire: no more 'Australia for the White Man'

Olds, D. & Phiddian, R., 4 Nov 2019, Comic empires: Imperialism in cartoons, caricature, and satirical art. Scully, R. & Varnava, A. (eds.). Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 393-425 33 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Friday essay: why is Australian satire so rarely risky?

    Cothren, A. & Phiddian, R., 15 Mar 2019, The Conversation.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

    Open Access
  • How good was John Clarke? Some reflections on his poetics of tinkering

    Phiddian, R., 7 Aug 2019, The Conversation.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

  • Introduction to Special Issue of Journal of Comedy Studies on John Clarke: Trans-Tasman satirist: John Clarke and his art

    Phiddian, R. & Davis, J. M., 2019, In : Comedy Studies. 10, 1, p. 2-7 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • John Clarke, tinker-poet

    Phiddian, R., Mar 2019, In : Comedy Studies. 10, 1, p. 102-118 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle