Todd Dearing

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Todd Dearing is a researcher and writer investigating the intersections of literature, art, psychology, and philosophy, particularly within English and German Romanticism. He focuses on conceptions of human nature, imagination, creativity, and genius, exploring how these impact upon contemporary literature, art, and what it means to be human in the twenty-first century.

Research Biography

Todd has recently completed his doctoral thesis, which explores the trope of the daimon in William Blake's Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion as an allegory for Blake’s humanistic vision. His thesis argues that Blake’s daimon provides a methodology for understanding and developing our humanity through literature. He has articles forthcoming in English Studies and Journal of Romanticism and has presented his work both nationally and internationally, as well as to public audiences at local council venues. He values excellence in research, teaching, and leadership as a way of service to the academic and wider community.

Research Interests

  • English Romanticism
  • German Romanticism
  • Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Anglo-German Romantic culture and thought
  • Cognitive poetics
  • William Blake
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Johann Wilhelm von Goethe
  • Johann Georg Hamann
  • Wilhelm von Humboldt
  • Psychology and literature
  • Language, poetry, mythology, mythopoesis
  • Imagination, genius, creativity, the daimon
  • Deep history, archeo-psychology, embodied imagination
  • Narratology and characterisation
  • Contemporary literary theory, practice, pedagogy, and criticism
  • The Humanities - past, present, and future
  • New literary humanism
  • Art history
  • Human potential
  • Literature and wisdom

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Flinders University

1 Feb 201729 Jan 2020

Award Date: 6 Jul 2020

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 29 Aug 2016

Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University


Award Date: 14 Dec 2015

External positions

Member, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism

2020 → …

Graduate Researcher, Enlightenment Romanticism Contemporary Culture

2019 → …

Webmaster and Postgraduate Representative, Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

2017 → …

Member, Romantic Studies Association of Australasia

2016 → …


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