Department of English

Professor Antonina Harbus

Antonina HarbusHead of Department

Position: Professor in English
Contact Details
Office: W6A 636
Phone: 61-2-9850 6802
Fax: 61-2-9850 6593


BA Hons (Qld), MA (Toronto), PhD (Toronto), Grad. Cert. Ed. (Higher Ed.) Sydney


Antonina has MA and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto, and joined Macquarie in 2004. Her current research on medieval and more recent English texts combines literary analysis with ideas and methods from cognitive science to investigate how the mind makes meaning from a text. Her most recent book is Cognitive Approaches to Old English Poetry (2012). Her wide-ranging research programme, supported by Australian Research Council Discovery Project funding, includes investigations into literature and emotion, ideas about the self and autobiographical memory in literature, metaphor and concepts of the mind, and narrative poetry.

Antonina has over twenty years' tertiary teaching experience from four universities in Canada and Australia (Toronto, Melbourne, Sydney, and Macqaurie). This experience includes extensive unit and program development at undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels, in both on-campus and online delivery modes. At Macquarie, she currently convenes the foundation unit, ENGL 120, Approaches to English Literature, and teaches units on narrative and literary language. As part of her commitment to teaching quality, she has completed a Graduation Certificate in Higher Education. Her success in curriculum design and support of student learning has been recognised by Faculty, University and national (Office of Learning and Teaching) citations.

Antonina has been Head of Department since 2011, and has a strong record of leadership and policy development in curriculum, Higher Degree Research training, and staff development.

Selected publications

  • Cognitive Approaches to Old English Poetry, Anglo-Saxon Studies 18 (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2012)
  • Miracles and the Miraculous in Medieval Germanic and Latin Literature. Germania Latina V, ed. K.E. Olsen, A. Harbus and T. Hofstra (Louvain: Peeters, 2005)
  • Verbal Encounters Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse studies for Roberta Frank, ed. A. Harbus and R. Poole (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005)
  • Helena of Britain in Medieval Legend (Cambridge: Brewer, 2002)
  • The Life of the Mind in Old English Poetry (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2002)
  • Germanic Texts and Their Latin Models: Medieval Reconstructions. Germania Latina IV, ed. K.E. Olsen, A. Harbus and T. Hofstra (Louvain: Peeters, 2001)
  • ENGL 120 Approaches to English Literature
  • ENGL 303 Narrative and the Novel

    Winner of Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2009.

Leadership and Administration
  • Head of Department
  • Member, Arts Executive
  • Member, Arts Faculty Board
  • Member of Academic Senate
  • Convenor of ENGL 120, Approaches to English Literature
  • Convenor of ENGL 303, Narrative and the Novel

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