Helen Groth

Associate Dean

After completing my PhD at the University of Cambridge, I taught at the University of Exeter before returning to Australia where I have held positions at the University of Melbourne, Macquarie University, and an Australian Research Council Fellowship at the University of Sydney. I came to UNSW in 2010 to take up an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2010-2014) in the School of Arts and Media. 

My main areas of research are - Victorian 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, noise and the novel and the history of sound. I am the sole author of 2 books Victorian Photography and Literary Nostalgia (Oxford University Press, 2003) and Moving Images. Nineteenth-Century Reading and Screen Practices (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), as well as the co-author of a third monograph (with Natalya Lusty), Dreams and Modernity. A Cultural History (Routledge, 2013). The latter research on dreams and the history of the science of mind was funded by an ARC Discovery Grant (2010-2013). I have also coedited a number of books and special issues of journals including a special issue of Textual Practice ‘On Anachronism’ (2012), Sounding Modernism (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), and Mindful Aesthetics. Literature and the Science of Mind (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013).

My ongoing research explores the ways in which literature has historically registered some voices and sounds and filtered out others as noise. This focus has informed recent publications on the gramophone, phonographic books, Australian literary soundscapes, Christina Stead and rioting in nineteenth century literature, as well as the forthcoming publications listed below.

My recent research on rioting and the literary archive is funded by an Australian Research Council Grant (2018-2021). 

 

Forthcoming Publications:

"Critical Listening," in Reading Nineteenth-Century Literature. Essays in Honor of J.Hillis Miller, eds., Julian Wolfreys and Monika Szuba (Oxford University Press, invited and forthcoming 2019).

"Literary Soundscapes," in Literature and Sound, ed. Anna Snaith (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019).

"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 late 2019).

Research Summary

Victorian Literature and visual culture, technology and literature, cultural history of the senses, history of science and literature, literature and pre-cinema/spectacle; noise and the novel; the history of sound.

Subject areas

Publications

Books
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Groth H, 2013, Moving Images. Nineteenth-Century Reading and Screen Practices, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh
2013
Groth H; Lusty N, 2013, Dreams and Modernity. A Cultural History, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon,
2013
Groth H, 2004, Victorian Photography and Literary Nostalgia, Original, Oxford University Press, Oxford
2004
Book Chapters
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2019, 'Charlotte Bronte and the Listening Reader', in , Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 107 - 124,
2019
Groth H, 2018, 'Dickens' Visual Mediations', in Robert Patten ; Catherine Waters ; John Jordan (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Charles Dickens, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 241 - 256
2018
Groth H, 2018, 'Rioting and writing voice in Dickens’s Barnaby Rudge', in Sound, Space and Civility in the British World, 1700-1850, Routledge, pp. 88 - 101,
2018
Groth H, 2017, 'How to Listen to Joyce: Gramophones, Voice and the Limits of Mediation', in Groth H; Murphet J; Hone P (ed.), Sounding Modernism. Rhythm and Sonic Mediation in Modern Literature and Film, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 63 - 76,
2017
Murphet J; Groth H; Hone P, 2017, 'Introduction: Sounding Modernism', in Sounding Modernism Rhythm and Sonic Mediation in Modern Literature and Film, pp. 1 - 18
2017
Groth H, 2016, 'Mediating Popular Fictions: From the Magic Lantern to the Cinematograph', in Gelder K (ed.), New Directions in Popular Fiction, Palgrave, London, pp. 287 - 308,
2016
Peniston-Bird C; Ugolini W, 2015, 'Introduction', in JOURNAL OF WAR & CULTURE STUDIES, edn. 1, ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, pp. 1 - 6,
2015
Danta C; Groth H, 2014, 'Introduction: Between Minds', in Danta C; Groth H (ed.), Mindful Aesthetics: Literature and the Science of Mind, edn. 1, Bloomsbury, New York, pp. 1 - 14,
2014
Danta C; Groth H, 2014, 'Introduction: Between Minds', in Danta C; Groth H (ed.), Mindful Aesthetics: Literature and the Science of Mind, edn. 1, Bloomsbury, New York, pp. 1 - 14,
2014
Groth H, 2014, 'The Mind as Palimpsest.James Sully's Psychological Aesthetics', in Groth ; Danta C (ed.), Mindful Aesthetics. Literature and the Science of Mind, Bloomsbury, New York, pp. 107 - 121,
2014
Groth H; Danta C, 2013, 'Between Minds', in Groth H; Danta C (ed.), Mindful Aesthetics: Literature and the Science of Mind., Bloomsbury, New York, pp. 1 - 14
2013
Groth H, 2012, 'Panoramic byron: Reading, history and pre-cinematic spectacle', in Reading Historical Fiction: The Revenant and Remembered Past, pp. 85 - 100,
2012
Groth H, 2011, 'Kaleidoscopic Vision in late Victorian Bohemia: George Sims's Social Kaleidoscope', in Colligan C; Linley M (ed.), Media, Technology, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century: Image, Sound, Touch, Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 91 - 104
2011
Groth H, 2009, 'Introduction', in Groth H; Sheehan P; Uhlmann A (ed.), Literature and Sensation, edn. Original, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, pp. i - x
2009
Groth H, 2009, 'Cosmopolitan sympathies : Edward Bulwer Lytton's sensational tale of Pompeii', in Groth H; Sheehan P; Uhlmann A (ed.), Literature and Sensation, edn. Original, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, pp. 12 - 23,
2009
Groth H, 1999, 'Victorian Women's Poetry and Scientific Narratives', in Armstrong I; Blain V (ed.), Women’s Poetry, Late Romantic to Late Victorian, Gender and Genre, 1830-1900, Macmillan, London, pp. 325 - 351
1999
Groth H, 1996, 'Island Queens: Nationalism, Queenliness and Women's Poetry 1837-1861', in Island Queens: Nationalism, Queenliness and Women's Poetry 1837-1861, Boydell and Brewer, Oxford, pp. 14 - 30,
1996
Edited Books
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Groth H; Murphet J; Hone P, (eds.), 2017, Sounding Modernism Rhythm and Sonic Mediation in Modern Literature and Film, Edinburgh University Press
2017
Groth H; Danta C, (ed.), 2014, Mindful Aesthetics, Bloomsbury, New York
2014
Groth H; Sheehan P, 2010, Remaking Literary History, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
2010
Uhlmann A; Groth H, 2009, Literature and sensation, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
2009
Journal articles
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Groth H, 2018, 'Rioting, Nineteenth-Century Fiction, and the Limits of Liberalism', Occasion, vol. 11,
2018
Groth H, 2015, 'Modernist Voices and the desire for communication in Christina Stead's Seven Poor Men of Sydney', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, vol. 15, pp. 1 - 14
2015
Groth H; Groth H; Cummins J, 2015, 'Critical Soundings: Voice, Space and Sound in Victorian Literature', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, vol. 15, pp. 1 - 9
2015
Groth H, 2015, 'Phonographic Books and the Late Nineteenth-Century Reader', Australian Literary Studies, vol. 29, pp. 116 - 129,
2015
Groth H, 2015, 'Andrew McGann. Popular Literature, Authorship and the Occult.', Journal of British Studies, vol. 54, pp. 782 - 784,
2015
Groth H, 2014, 'Time and the Moment in Victorian Literature and Society', NINETEENTH-CENTURY LITERATURE, vol. 69, pp. 141 - 144,
2014
Groth H, 2012, 'Projections of Alice: Anachronistic reading and the temporality of mediation', Textual Practice, vol. 26, pp. 667 - 686,
2012
Groth H; Sheehan P, 2012, 'Introduction: Timeliness and Untimeliness', Textual Practice, vol. 26, pp. 571 - 585,
2012
Groth H, 2012, 'The Soundscapes of Henry Mayhew. Urban Ethnography and Technologies of Transcription', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 18, pp. 109 - 130,
2012
Groth H, 2011, 'Subliminal Histories: Psychological Experimentation in the Poetry and Poetics of Frederic W. H. Myers', 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, vol. 12, pp. 1 - 22,
2011
Groth H, 2010, 'Illustrations, Optics and Objects in Nineteenth-Century Literary and Visual Cultures', REVIEW OF ENGLISH STUDIES, vol. 61, pp. 653 - 654,
2010
Groth H, 2008, 'Domestic phantasmagoria : the Victorian literary domestic and experimental visuality', South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 108, pp. 147 - 169,
2008
Groth H, 2008, 'Nature Exposed: Photography as Eyewitness in Victorian Science by Jennifer Tucker [Review]', Nineteenth-Century Contexts, vol. 30, pp. 99 - 101
2008
Groth H, 2007, 'Kaleidoscopic vision and literary invention in an "age of things": David Brewster, Don Juan, and a lady's Kaleidoscope', ELH - English Literary History, vol. 74, pp. 217 - 237,
2007
Groth H, 2007, 'Reading Victorian illusions: Dickens's Haunted Man and Dr. Pepper's "Ghost"', Victorian Studies, vol. 50, pp. 43 - 65,
2007
Groth H, 2005, 'From Life: Julia Margaret Cameron and Victorian Photography by Victoria Olsen [Review]', Victorian Studies, vol. 48, pp. 197 - 198
2005
Groth H, 2003, 'Consigned to sepia: Remembering Victorian poetry', Victorian Poetry, vol. 41, pp. 611 - 620,
2003
Groth H, 2003, 'Literary Nostalgia and Poetic Idylls in Early Victorian Photographic Discourse', Nineteenth Century Contexts, vol. 25, pp. 199 - 214,
2003
Groth H, 2002, 'Technological mediations and the public sphere: Roger Fenton's Crimea exhibition and "the charge of the light brigade"', Victorian Literature and Culture, vol. 30, pp. 553 - 570,
2002
Groth H, 2000, 'A different look - Visual technologies and the making of history in Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Casa Guidi Windows', Textual Practice, vol. 14, pp. 31 - 52,
2000
Other
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2019, Julia Margaret Cameron's ‘fancy subjects': Photographic allegories of Victorian identity and empire by Jeff Rosen, Indiana University Press,
2019
Groth H; Cummins J (ed.), 2015, Critical Soundings. Voice, Space and Sound in Australian Literature [Special Issue]., Association for the Study of Australian Literature
2015
Groth H; Sheehan P (ed.), 2012, The Uses of Anachronism "Introduction: Timeliness and untimeliness" [Special Issue], Taylor & Francis (Routledge),
2012