1995 …2024

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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.

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • 18th century book history (1)
  • 20th century fiction (1)
  • Australian fiction, Peter Carey (1)
  • Australian media history (1)
  • Christopher Koch, Tom Keneally, Australian fiction (1)
  • Christopher Marlowe, Renaissance literature (1)
  • Creative thesis: Satire play script (1)
  • Digital technology in literary fiction (1)
  • Early modern poetry - puns (1)
  • Eighteenth century satire (1)
  • Shakespeare (1)
  • Shakespeare, adaptation (1)
  • 20th century French poetry
  • Creative thesis - historical fiction
Associate Supervisions:
  • Australian theatre history (1)
  • Creative thesis: historical fiction (1)
  • Cultural Value (1)
  • Icelandic sagas (1)
  • Old English Gnomes (1)
  • Romantic poetry - Blake (1)
  • Indigenous Australian humour


  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Literature

Supervisory Interests

  • Literary studies
  • Eighteenth century satire
  • Political cartooning and satire
  • Shakespeare
  • Humour


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