Professor Helen Groth

Associate Dean (Research)
Bachelor of Arts, 1st Class Hons, University of Sydney; PhD, University of Cambridge, FAHA
School of the Arts & Media

Contact

+61 2 9385 4864
+61 2 9385 6812
Room RM 220, Level 2, Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: British and Irish Literature, History of Philosophy

Research Summary

My main areas of research are - nineteenth-century literature and visual culture, technology and literature, the cultural history of the senses, the intersection of the histories of science of mind and literature, literature and pre-cinema/spectacle, noise and the novel and the history of sound.  I have recently completed an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2010 - 2014).  My ongoing research into the ways in which literature has historically registered some voices and sounds and filtered out others as noise is the subject of recent and forthcoming publications on the phonograph, phonographic books, Australian literary soundscapes and rioting in nineteenth century literature.  I have also recently completed an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (in collaboration with A/Prof Natalya Lusty, University of Sydney) which tracked the history of writing about dreams from the early nineteenth century through to the late twentieth century.  The most substantial recent outcomes of this project have been a co-authored monograph (with Natalya Lusty) Dreams and Modernity. A Cultural History  (London: Routledge, 2013) and an edited collection (with Chris Danta) Mindful Aesthetics. Literature and the Science of Mind (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013). I supervise PhD students across a wide range of subjects.  Present supervisions include doctoral research on 'Romanticism and technologies of writing', 'Noise and the novel', 'Domesticity, Early Cinema and women's writing' and 'Gendered reading practices in contemporary young adult fiction'.

 

Publications

Books

Moving Images: Nineteenth Century Reading and Screen Practices.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013.

Dreams and Modernity: A Cultural History – co-authored with Natalya Lusty.  Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2013.

Victorian Photography and Literary Nostalgia. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

 

Edited Collections & Special Issues

Sounding Modernism, eds., Helen Groth, Julian Murphet and Penelope Hone  (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017). ISBN-13: 978-1474416368

Critical Soundings: Sound, Text, Space in Australian Literature, eds., Helen Groth and Joseph Cummins, JASAL special issue (August 2015).

Mindful Aesthetics: Literature and the Science of Mind.  eds., Helen Groth and Chris Danta.  (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014)

 "The Uses of Anachronism," eds., Helen Groth and Paul Sheehan. Textual Practice. Special Issue. 24.6 (July, 2012). 

Remaking Literary History , eds., Helen Groth and Paul Sheehan. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.

Literature and Sensation. eds. Helen Groth, A.Uhlmann, Paul Sheehan. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.

 

Book Chapters

"Literary Soundscapes," in Literature and Sound, ed. Anna Snaith  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018).

 "Charlotte Bronte and the Listening Reader," in The Brontes and the Idea of the Human: Science, Ethics, and the Imagination,ed., Alexandra Lewis (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2018).

"Dickens & Visuality," in The Oxford Handbook to Charles Dickens, eds., Catherine Waters, John Jordan and Robert Patten (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018).

"Violent Speech: Rioting Scenes and Literary Ear Witnessing," in Sound, Space and Civiity in the British World, c. 1700-1900, eds., Bruce Buchan, Peter Denney, David Ellison and Karen Crawley (Routledge, 2017). ISBN-13: 978-1472466594

"Disappointing Sounds. Joyce on the Gramophone," in Sounding Modernism, eds., Helen Groth, Julian Murphet and Penelope Hone  (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017), pp. 63-77. 

'Mediating Popular Fictions: From the Magic Lantern to the Cinematograph," in New Directions in Popular Fiction. Genre, Distribution, Reproduction, ed., Ken Gelder (London: Palgrave 2016), pp. 287-307.

"The Mind as Palimpsest.James Sully's Psychological Aesthetics," in Mindful Aesthetics: Literature and the Science of Mind.  Eds., Helen Groth and Chris Danta.  (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014), pp. 92-107.

"Between Minds," with Chris Danta, in Mindful Aesthetics: Literature and the Science of Mind.  Eds., Helen Groth and Chris Danta.  (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014), pp. 1-14,

 “Kaleidoscopic Visions in Late Victorian Bohemia. George Sims’s Social Kaleidoscope,” in Media,Technology, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century, eds., Collette Colligan and Margaret Linley (Surrey: Ashgate, 2011), pp. 91 - 106.

"Cosmopolitan Sympathies: Edward Bulwer Lytton's Sensational Tale of Pompei", in Literature and Sensation. Eds., Helen Groth, Anthony Uhlmann, Paul Sheehan. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009.

"Victorian Women's Poetry and Scientific Narratives." Isobel Armstrong and Virginia Blain, eds., Gender and Genre: essays on women's poetry, late Romantics to late Victorians, 1830-1900. London: Macmillan, 1999.

"Island Queens: Nationalism, Queenliness and Women's Poetry 1837 - 1861," in Poetry and Politics. Essays and Studies, ed., Kate Flint (Cambridge: D.S.Brewer, 1996)

 

Journal Articles

"Rioting, Nineteenth-Century Fiction and the Limits of Liberalism,' in Jock Macleod and Peter Denney eds., Occasion, special issue 'Liberalism, Literature and the Emotions' (Stanford UP, forthcoming March 2017)

"Modernist Voice and the Desire for Communication in Christina Stead's Seven Poor Men of Sydney," in Critical Soundings: Sound, Text, Space in Australian Literature, eds., Helen Groth and Joseph Cummins, JASAL special issue (August 2015).

"Critical Soundings: Voice, Space and Sound in Australian Literature," with Joseph Cummins in Critical Soundings: Sound, Text, Space in Australian Literature, eds., Helen Groth and Joseph Cummins, JASAL special issue (August 2015).

"Phonographic Books and the Nineteenth-Century Reader," Australian Literary Studies, Special Issue - Reading Communities and the Circulation of Print , eds., Julieanne Lamond and Shih-Wen Sue Chen, vol 29.3 (October 2014), pp. 116-129.

'The Soundscapes of Henry Mayhew: Urban Ethnography and Technologies of Transcription," Cultural Studies Review. Special Issue 'On Noise', Volume 18.3. (2012), pp. 109-130.  Special Issue 'On Noise'.

"Panoramic Byron: Reading, History and Pre-cinematic Spectacle," in Reading the Represented Past: Literature and Historical Consciousness, 1700 to the Present, eds., Kate Mitchell and Nicola Parsons ( Basingstoke: Palgrave 2012), pp. 85-100.

“Mediating Alice: Anachronistic Reading and the Temporality of Mediation,” Textual Practice 24.6 [The Uses of Anachronism Special Issue – co-edited by Paul Sheehan and Helen Groth (July 2012), pp.  663-681.

"The Uses of Anachronism," with Paul Sheehan, in Textual Practice 24.6 [The Uses of Anachronism Special Issue – co-edited by Paul Sheehan and Helen Groth (July 2012), pp. 571-585.

"Subliminal Histories: Psychological Experimentation in the Poetry and Poetics of Frederick W.H.Myers," 19. Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, No. 12 (April 2011):' Psychology and Aesthetics' Special Issue, ed., Carolyn Burdett.

“Domestic phantasmagoria: the Victorian Literary Domestic and Experimental Visuality,” South Atlantic Quarterly 108.1 (Winter 2009) 147 - 169.

“Kaleidoscopic Vision and Literary Invention in an ‘age of things': David Brewster, Don Juan and a Lady's Kaleidoscope,” English Literary History 74 (2007) 217 – 237.

“Reading Victorian Illusions. Dickens’ Haunted Man and Dr Pepper’s Ghost,” Victorian Studies 50.1 (Winter 2007) 35 - 57.

"Literary Nostalgia and Poetic Idylls in Early Victorian Photographic Discourse." Nineteenth Century Contexts 25.3 (September 2003) 199-218.

"Consigned to Sepia: Rereading Victorian Poetry." Victorian Poetry 41.4 (December 2003) 611-621.

"Technological Mediations and the Public Sphere: Roger Fenton's Crimea Exhibition and The Charge of the Light Brigade." Victorian Literature and Culture 30 (July 2002). 553-570.

"A Different Look-Visual Technologies and the Making of History in Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Casa Guidi Windows." Textual Practice 14 (March 2000) 31-53.

 

Professional contribution

Judging Panel, for Voss Literary Prize, 2015.  

Australasian Association of Literature, co-founding member and President 2010 - 2014

Founding Executive member of the AUHE - Australian Heads of English 2012 - ongoing.

Member of Editorial Board, Victoriographies, (Edinburgh University Press)

Member of Editorial Board, Cogent Arts & Humanities (Routledge)

Member of the Editorial Board, Affirmations  (CMSA)

Member of the Editorial Committee, Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies

Deputy Director of the Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia, UNSW

FASS/UNSW Promotions Committee Member  (Level E)

SAM/UNSW Research Committee, Member

Affiliations and membership

 

Australasian Victorian Studies Association, member.

North American Victorian Studies Association, member.

Modern Languages Association, member.

Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities

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