School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
My main research interest is Early Modern English drama, in particular the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporary, Christopher Marlowe. My main focus is on the ways in which these plays interact with and develop Classical ideas about tragedy, notably Aristotle's concept of catharsis, and engage with Virgil's Aeneid. I coordinate the following courses for the Department of English and Creative Writing:
Shakespeare (level 1)
Tragedy (level 2)
Old Texts Made New: Literary Imitation and Allusion (level 3)
I am also interested in professional/business writing, and am a writing consultant for government departments and private businesses. I am also a specialist ESL educator. My teaching excellence has been recognised by 7 awards, including an OLT citation equivalent (Carrick), the Vice Chancellor's Award and the Stephen Cole the Elder Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and numerous Faculty awards for teaching excellence. I was a joint winner of the 2017 Calvin and Rose G Hoffman Prize for a prestigious scholarly essay on Christopher Marlowe.
Lucy Potter's main research area is Early Modern English drama, in particular the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporary, Christopher Marlowe. Her focus is very much on the ways in which these plays interact with and develop classical ideas about tragedy, especially Aristotle's concept of catharsis, and are influenced by Virgil's Aeneid. Most recently, her attention has turned to the the representation of Virgilian ekphrasis in Marlowe's plays, and the relatively new area of Classical Receptions studies.
Lucy was a joint winner of the internationally competitive Calvin and Rose G Hoffman Prize for a Distinguished Publication on Christopher Marlowe in 2017 for her essay 'Ekphrastic Catharsis: Marlowe's Mural of Troy's Fall in the Tragedy of Dido, Queen of Carthage', and the sole winner of the Prize in 2022 for her essay 'Suspending Ekphrasis: Christopher Marlowe’s ‘Brazen World’ in Part 2 of Tamburlaine the Great and its Influence on Shakespeare’s Dramatic Practice'. She is one of only three Australian scholars to win this prestigious prize since it was first awarded in 1988 (https://theshakespearean.com/the-hoffman-prize/), and the first Australian scholar to win it twice.
At the invitation of Routledge Press, Lucy is currently turning her highly successful Shakespeare Matters MOOC into a book, which is contracted for publication in 2024.
Date Position Institution name 2007 - ongoing Associate Professor University of Adelaide
Language Competency Latin Can read
Date Institution name Country Title University of Adelaide Australia PhD
Date Title Institution name Country — Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults Cambridge University and the Royal Society of the Arts -
Research InterestsBritish and Irish Literature Classics Comparative Literature Studies Curriculum and Pedagogy Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies English as a Second Language English Language History of Ideas Language, Communication and Culture Literary Studies Literary Theory Literatures in English Technical Writing
Lucy is an Education Specialist and a member of the Adelaide Education Academy. In addition to her PhD in English Literature, she is a specialist ESL educator, holding a Certificate in English Language teaching to Adults (CELTA) from Cambridge University / Royal Society of the Arts.
Lucy has served the Faculty of Arts in the roles of Deputy Dean, Learning & Teaching (2019-2021), Associate Dean, Learning & Teaching (2013-2015), Deputy Executive Dean (2015) and Associate Dean, Student Experience (2011-13).
Lucy coordinates and teaches the following undergraduate courses for the Department of English and Creative Writing: Beginning Shakespeare (level 1); Tragedy (level 2); Classical Receptions: Old Texts Made New (level 2). Her teaching excellence has been recognised by numerous faculty and university awards, including a prestigious national award, a Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for 'outstanding modelling of both effective, student-centred learning and dynamic leadership in the discipline of English', both the Vice Chancellor's and the Stephen Cole Awards for Excellence in Teaching, a Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, and 2 Faculty Awards for Outstanding Student Feedback Faculty.
Lucy is the Course Chair for the Shakespeare Matters MOOC. Released in 2017, this MOOC was a top 10 finalist in the edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning in 2018. As above, she is currently working on turning this highly successful MOOC into a book to be published by Routledge in 2023. e invitation of Routledge Press, which is contracted for publication in 2023.
Lucy is also interested in professional/business writing, and is a communication consultant for government departments and private businesses.
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2024 Principal Supervisor Mary Shelley’s exploration of ambition, women, and Nature in her Romantic fiction. Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Nadia Marie Jeffries 2022 Principal Supervisor Crime Scene Investigation: Place and Space in the Detective Fiction of Agatha Christie Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mrs Margaret Mary Donovan 2019 Principal Supervisor A Literary Study of Classical Influences on Milton's Theodicy in Paradise Lost Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Darryl Do
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2020 - 2021 Principal Supervisor ‘A lightness that is both new and a return’: Nekyia and katabasis in twenty-first century receptions of the Iliad Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Patrick James Moritz 2014 - 2017 Principal Supervisor An Algorithmic Criticism of Audience Manipulation in Christopher Marlowe's The Massacre at Paris Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Galen Mereki Cuthbertson 2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Bodies and Becomings: Human and Animal Encounters in Early Modern English Literature Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Shannon Raha Lambert 2013 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Shakespeare and Christian Hermetism: religio mentis a Study of Esoteric Thought in Four Plays Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Jane Nelson 2012 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Looking Without Knowing: Ranciere, Aristotle, and Spectating in the Representative Regime Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Angus Love 2010 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Sacrifice in Suburbia: American Novels as Troubled Tragedies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Carly Osborn 2008 - 2012 Co-Supervisor What Doctrine call you this? An Inquiry into Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus and Hermetic Thought 1583-1593 Master of Arts Master Part Time Mrs Jane Nelson 2008 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Exchanging Flesh: Prostitution and Plastic Surgery in Seventeenth-Century England Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Emily Cock
Date Engagement Type Partner Name 2015 - ongoing Consultant Principals Australia Institute 2013 - ongoing Consultant The Legal Practitioners Conduct Board (South Australia) 2010 - ongoing Consultant The National Centre for Vocational Education Research
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