Department of English
Dr Paul Sheehan
Position: Associate Professor in English
Office: W6A 622
Phone: +61 (2) 9850 8757
Fax: +61 (2) 9850 6593
BA (Hons) NSW, PhD London
Paul Sheehan publishes and teaches in various areas of literature from the late nineteenth century to the present, particularly the changing cultures of modernism and postmodernism. His research and teaching interests also include literary and cultural theory, modern drama, and film studies.
Paul Sheehan has completed two volumes on the subject of Violence and Aesthetics, mapping the paths taken from 19th-century decadence through to late 20th-century art cinema. His current project is a study of poetic form through a genealogy of mainly French theorists, entitled 'Continental Theory and the Rapture of Poetry'.
Modernism and the Aesthetics of Violence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)
Modernism, Narrative and Humanism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002; paperback repr. 2008)
As co-editor (with Helen Groth): Textual Practice, special issue: "The Uses of Anachronism", 26.4 (Aug 2012)
As co-editor (with Helen Groth): Rethinking Literary History (Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010)
As editor: Becoming Human: New Perspectives on the Inhuman Condition (Westport, Conn: Praeger, 2003)
'The World, the Text, and the Author: Coetzee and Untranslatability' (with Elleke Boehmer and Lynda Ng), European Journal of English Studies 20.3 (Nov 2016); forthcoming.
'Coetzee & Co.: Failure, Lies and Autobiography', Textual Practice 30.5 (Oct 2016); forthcoming.
'Determined Vandalism: Politics, Limits and Literary Remains', Critical Quarterly 56.2 (July 2014): 17-25.
'A History of Smoke: W. G. Sebald and the Memory of Fire', Textual Practice 26.4 (Aug 2012): 721-37.
'Introduction: Timeliness and Untimeliness' (with Helen Groth), Textual Practice 26.4 (Aug 2012): 571-85.
'The Disasters of Youth: Coetzee and Geomodernism', Twentieth -Century Literature 57 (1), Spring 2011: 20-33
'Against the Image: Herzog and the Troubling Politics of the Screen Animal' in SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism 117, vol. 37.3 (2008): 117-36.
'Images Must Travel Further: Bataille and Blanchot Read Beckett' in Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd'hui 19 (2008): 113-22.
'The Pleasures of Despair: Beckett's Ambiguous Legacy' in Textus XIX (2006): 493-506.
'A Malady of Dreaming: Aesthetics and Criminality in The Picture of Dorian Gray' in Irish Studies Review 13.3 (August 2005): 333-40.
'Nothing Is More Real: Experiencing Theory in the Texts for Nothing' in Journal of Beckett Studies (Fall 2000 / Spring 2001) 10 (1 / 2): 89-104.
'Marx, Money, and Monstrosity in Great Expectations' in Q/W/E/R/T/Y 9 (October 1999): 97-104.
'Einstein, Relativity and Literary Modernism' in Ulrika Maude and Mark Nixon (eds), The Bloomsbury Handbook to Modernism (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016; forthcoming)
'Western Scourge: Myth, Language and Law in Blood Meridian and Deadwood' in Lou Jillet (ed.), Cormac McCarthy: Borders and Landscapes (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016; forthcoming)
'Enigma Variations: Mallarmé, Joyce and the Aesthetics of Encryption' in Sean Pryor and David Trotter (eds), Writing, Machine, Code (Open Humanities Press, 2016; forthcoming)
'Posthuman Bodies' in Ulrika Maude and David Hillman, The Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)
'Time as Protagonist in To the Lighthouse' in Allison Pease (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to To the Lighthouse (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015)
'Continental Drift: The Clash between Literary Theory and Cognitive Literary Studies' in Chris Danta and Helen Groth (eds), Mindful Aesthetics. Literature and the Science of Mind (New York: Bloomsbury, 2014)
'Waiting for Nothing: Commitment, Resistance, and Godot's Underground Ancestry' in Ranjan Ghosh (ed.), In Dialogue with Godot: Waiting and Other Thoughts (Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2013)
'Subterranean Folkway Blues: Ralph Ellison's Mythology of Deception' in John Attridge and Rod Rosenquist (eds), Incredible Modernism: Literature, Trust and Deception (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013)
'Modernism: Dublin / Paris / London' in Anthony Uhlmann (ed.), Beckett in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)
'Road, Fire, Trees: Cormac McCarthy's Post-America' in Julian Murphet and Mark Steven (eds), Styles of Extinction: Cormac McCarthy's The Road (London and New York: Continuum, 2012)
'Introduction' (with Helen Groth) in Rethinking Literary History (Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010)
'Murder for Murder's Sake: Thomas De Quincey and the Work of Darkness' in Anthony Uhlmann, Helen Groth, et al. (eds), Literature and Sensation (Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009)
'Beckett's Ghost Dramas: Monitoring a Phenomenology of Sleep' in Ulrika Maude and Matthew Feldman (eds), Beckett and Phenomenology (New York: Continuum, 2009)
'A World without Monsters: Beckett and the Ethics of Cruelty' in Russell Smith (ed.), Beckett and Ethics (New York: Continuum, 2008)
'Births for Nothing: Beckett's Ontology of Parturition' in Stanley Gontarski and Anthony Uhlmann (eds), Beckett after Beckett (Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2006)
'Immanence, Autonomy and Integral Anomalies in The Matrix Trilogy', chapter in Stacy Gillis (ed.), The Matrix Trilogy: Cyberpunk Reloaded (London: Wallflower Press, 2005)
'Postmodernism and Philosophy' chapter in Steven Connor (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)
'Contingencies of Humanness' in Paul Sheehan (ed.), Becoming Human: New Perspectives on the Inhuman Condition (Westport, Conn. and London: Praeger, 2003).
'World War I', 'Collège de sociologie' and 'Albert Einstein'. Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Ed. Stephen Ross. London: Routledge, 2015. Web.
'Existentialism', 'Humanism' and 'Zoocentrism'. The Grove Companion to Samuel Beckett. Eds. Chris Ackerley and Stan Gontarski. New York: Grove Press, 2004. Reprinted as The Faber Companion to Samuel Beckett. London: Faber & Faber, 2007.
Review of Modernism and Its Merchandise: The Spanish Avant-Garde and Material Culture, 1920-1930 by Juli Highfill, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research 21.2 (2015).
Review of At the Violet Hour: Modernism and Violence in England and Ireland by Sarah Cole, Review of English Studies 65 (269), (2014).
Review of Here and Now: Letters 2008-2011 by Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee, American Book Review 35.1 (Dec 2013).
Review of Beckett, Technology and the Body (pdf) by Ulrika Maude. Journal of Beckett Studies 19 (1) April 2010: 139-43.
Review of Beckett at 100: Revolving It All (pdf) by Linda Ben-Zvi and Angela Moorjani (eds), The European Legacy 15 (5) 2010: 693-94.
Review of Essai sur l'indicible: Jabès, Duras, Blanchot by Marie-Chantal Killeen, Colloquy 10 (2005). Link:
Review of Psychoanalysis, Psychiatry and Modern Literature by Kylie Valentine, Australian Humanities Review 34 (Jan-Feb) 2005. Link:
AWARDS AND GRANTS
2015-2017 ARC Discovery Project Grant (with Elleke Boehmer [Oxford] and Lynda Ng [UWS]), "Transnational Coetzee: Revisioning World Literature through the Margins", $169, 560.
2010-2011 ARC Discovery Project Grant: "Continental Theory in the Wake of Cognitive Literary Studies", $73,236.
2009-2011 Macquarie University Research Development Grant: "Literary Modernism and Philosophy, 1910-1950", $34,706.
2003-2006 Macquarie University Research Fellowship.
Jennifer Simkins, "Modern Myth Creation in the Science Fiction of Wells, Clarke, Dick and Herbert" (passed 2015).
Joel Scott, "'Less Than Minor: Translation and / as Experimental Writing'" (passed 2014; awarded VC's Commendation).
James Mackenzie, "Aesthetics of Prophecy: The Beat Generation and Contemporary Culture" (passed 2013).
Michael Austin, "The Literature of Exception: Australian Post-9/11 Political Fiction" (passed 2012).
Niven Kuman, "Corpore in absentia: Anonymity and the Literature of Denial" (passed 2012).
Lucyna Swiatek, ""Nietzschean Auto-Agnosticism: A Genealogy of the Becoming Self" (passed 2011).
Dawne Yule, "The Production of Joy: Joy and the Poetry of Yeats, Harwood and Josephi" (passed 2011).
Gustavo Generani, "Imperial Horrors: Dialectic of British Gothic Literature (1885-1900)" (passed 2010).
ENGL106 Literature and the Screen
ENGL202 20th Century Drama in Context
ENGL209 Reading Theory
ENGL702 20th Century Literature
ENGL704 Literary Theory
ENGL726 Text, Image, Screen
- Dept of English Research Director
- Convenor of English Masters of Research Program