Madeleine Seys

Madeleine Seys

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I am a researcher, writer and artist in the interwoven fields of literary studies and material cultural studies. My research explores: nineteenth-century literary and fashion histories; Australian literary and material histories; Pasifika photography and visual art; theories and experiences of gender and sexuality; histories of feminism and women's movements; embodiment and corporeality; museology and curatorial studies. Working with textual, material and visual sources, I employ queer and interdisciplinary methodologies to explore and enact the making of stories and identities and objects.

My doctoral research undertaken at The University of Adelaide explored the use of dress as a way to encode narratives of female sexuality and agency in British popular literature from 1860 to 1900. This work was published as Fashion and Narrative in Victorian Popular Literature: Double Threads by Routledge in 2018. I write scholarly research and creative non-fiction across my fields of interest.

I am a member of the Australasian Victorian Studies Association executive committee and the editorial board for the Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies and social media coordinator for the Mary Elizabeth Braddon Association.

I also work as an academic editor, consulting museum and exhibition curator, fashion historian and bespoke tailor.

I am a researcher, writer and artist in the interwoven fields of literary studies and material cultural studies. My primary research interests are: nineteenth-century literary and fashion histories; Australian literary and material histories; Pasifika photography and visual art; theories and experiences of gender and sexuality; histories of feminism and women's movements; embodiment and corporeality; museology and curatorial studies. Working with textual, material and visual sources, I employ queer and interdisciplinary methodologies to explore and enact the making of stories and identities and objects. 

My doctoral research undertaken at The University of Adelaide explored the use of dress as a way to encode narratives of female sexuality and agency in British popular literature from 1860 to 1900. This work was published as Fashion and Narrative in Victorian Popular Literature: Double Threads by Routledge in 2018. I write scholarly research and creative non-fiction across my fields of interest. 

I am a member of the Australasian Victorian Studies Association executive committee and the editorial board for the Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies and social media coordinator for the Mary Elizabeth Braddon Association.

I also work as an academic editor, consulting museum and exhibition curator, fashion historian and bespoke tailor. 

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Seys, M. C. (2021). “'The Muslin Gown as ‘a White Unblemished Page’: Sensational Femininities and Literatures in Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Aurora Floyd and The Doctor’s Wife”. Women's Writing.
    2021 Seys, M. (2021). #IMadeMyClothes: The Ethics and Practices of Home Dressmaking. Artlink: Australian contemporary art quarterly, 41(1), 30-33.
    2019 Delafield, C. (2019). "Novel/magazine interfaces: the “long” serialisation of Wilkie Collins’s Armadale". Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, 23(1), 1-13.
    2019 Gagne, A. (2019). "Manus Ex Machina: The Tactile Interface of Lady Audley’s Secret". Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, 23(1), 67-79.
    2019 Leonardo Silva, B. (2019). "The Gaze Between: What Happens when the Egyptian Harem Re-turns the Gaze of an Englishwoman". Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, 23(1), 52-66.
    2019 Kavanagh, F. (2019). "“Marianne Knight | Godmersham Park”: Inscription as Community Interface in the Books of Jane Austen’s Niece". Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, 23(1), 14-27.
    2019 Scholl, L. (2019). "Coventry Patmore’s Journalism: The Interface between Conservative Politics and Social Justice". Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, 23(1), 28-38.
    2019 Chew, R. (2019). "The Last of England: A Work for Solo Piano After the Painting by Ford Madox Brown". Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, 23(1), 39-51.
    2019 Seys, M. C. (2019). “It’s All Woman’s Work from One End to Another”: Embroidering the Truth in M. E. Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret. Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, 15(2).
    2019 Seys, M., & Treagus, M. (2019). Introduction: Victorian Interfaces. Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, 23(1), i-x.
    2019 Seys, M., & Treagus, M. (2019). Introduction: Victorian Interfaces. Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, 23(1), i-x.
    2017 Seys, M. (2017). Museum Catalogue Record: William Morris’s News From Nowhere. Victorian Review, 43(1), 30-35.
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    2017 Treagus, M. A., & Seys, M. (2017). Looking Back at Samoa: History, Memory, and the Figure of Mourning in Yuki Kihara’s Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?. asian diasporic visual cultures and the americas, 3(1-2), 86-109.
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  • Books

    Year Citation
    2022 Seys, M. (2022). A Fashion History of South Australia.
    2018 Seys, M. C. (2018). Fashion and Narrative in Victorian Popular Literature: Double Threads. New York, USA: Routledge.
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    2014 Tonkin, M., Treagus, M., Seys, M., & De Rosa, S. C. (Eds.) (2014). Changing the Victorian Subject. Adelaide: University of Adelaide Press.
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  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2021 Seys, M. (2021). “Rational Dress ‘As an Expression of the Fin-de-Siecle Aspiration towards Equality of the Sexes’”. In D. Rall (Ed.), Women & Power: The Politics of Dress. Intellect.
    2020 Seys, M. C. (2020). Rational Dress. In L. Scholl (Ed.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women's Writing (pp. 4 pages). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
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    2020 Seys, M. C. (2020). Androgyny in Dress. In L. Scholl (Ed.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women's Writing (pp. 9 pages). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
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    2020 Seys, M. (2020). "Mourning Dress". In L. Scholl (Ed.), Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women's Writing. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
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    2019 Seys, M. (2019). “Muslins, Confidences, and Illicit Conversations”: Fashioning Subversive Femininities in George Moore’ A Drama in Muslin. In H. Janine, & N. Moody (Eds.), Fashion and Material Culture in Victorian Fiction and Periodicals (pp. 191-204). Brighton, East Sussex; United Kingdom: Edward Everett Root.
    2014 Seys, M. (2014). The scenery and dresses of her dreams: reading and reflecting (on) the Victorian heroine in M.E. Braddon's the Doctor's Wife. In M. Tonkin, M. Treagus, M. Seys, & S. Crozier De Rosa (Eds.), Changing the Victorian subject (pp. 177-199). Australia: University of Adelaide Press.
    2014 Tonkin, M., Treagus, M., Seys, M., & Crozier-De Rosa, S. (2014). Re-visiting the Victorian subject. In M. Tonkin, M. Treagus, M. Seys, & S. Crozier De Rosa (Eds.), Changing the Victorian subject (pp. 1-19). Australia: University of Adelaide Press.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2019 Seys, M. C. (2019). "Thinking through Cloth". In unpublished. Fabrik Arts.
  • Original Creative Works

    Year Citation
    2015 Authors: Seys M. Title: Lady Audley’s Secret Reimagined: “Excerpt from clinical notebook of Monsieur Val, Villebrumeuse, Belgium.”. Description: N/A. Extent: 1.
  • Curated or Produced Public Exhibition or Events

    Year Citation
    2019 Seys, M. (2019). A Queer Night at the Museum Tour (No. Of Pieces: 2 hours) [Researched Museum Tour]. Migration Museum (Adelaide).
    2019 Sullivan, N., Seys, M., & Joscelyne, H. (2019). Daring to be Different (No. Of Pieces: 7 months) [Curation of Museum exhibition]. Migration Museum: FEAST - Adelaide Queer Arts & Cultural Festival.
    2019 Sullivan, N., Seys, M., & Joscelyne, H. (2019). Daring to be Different (No. Of Pieces: 7 months) [Curation of Museum exhibition]. Migration Museum: FEAST - Adelaide Queer Arts & Cultural Festival.
    2016 Prosser, R. (2016). "Showgirl: The Costumes of an Iconic Adelaide Diva" (No. Of Pieces: 2 days) [Exhibition]. Migration Museum, Adelaide.
    2016 Prosser, R. (2016). "Showgirl: The Costumes of an Iconic Adelaide Diva" (No. Of Pieces: 2 days) [Exhibition]. Migration Museum, Adelaide.
    2014 Seys, M. (2014). “Black in Fashion”: An Exhibition of Black in Sartorial Fashion and Interior Design, 1860-present (No. Of Pieces: 15 days) [Exhibition]. Ayers House Museum, Adelaide..
    2013 Seys, M. C. (2013). “Frisque”: An Exhibition of Lingerie and Underwear, 1888-1930 (No. Of Pieces: 17 days) [Exhibition]. Ayers House Museum, Adelaide..
    2012 Seys, M. C. (2012). “All the Trimmings": An Exhibition of Fringes Through the Ages. (No. Of Pieces: 23 days) [Exhibition]. Ayers House Museum, Adelaide.
    2011 Seys, M. C. (2011). 175 Years of South Australian Fashion: An Exhibition. (No. Of Pieces: 31 days) [Exhibition]. Ayers House Museum, Adelaide..
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2014 Seys, M. C. (2014). Double Threads: Reading Dress, Fashion, Narrative and Representations of Femininity in Victorian Popular Literature. (PhD Thesis, The University of Adelaide).
  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    2020 Seys, M. C. (2020). "Tailoring Don Dunstan". History Trust of South Australia.
    2014 Seys, M. (2014). The story of .… tweed. The Conversation, Australia.

I am recipient of the following grants:

2021-3

Postdoctoral Research Fellow on ARC SRI project "Between the Indian and Pacific Oceans: Reframing Australian Literature" (SR200200704) with Chief Investigators Associate Professors Mandy Treagus and Meg Samuelson at The University of Adelaide. 

2011-4

Recipient of E. W. Benham Scholarship for Postgraduate Research in English Literature (The University of Adelaide).

I have ten years of experience as a tertiary educator in the intersecting fields of literary and cultural studies. My approach to teaching is interactive, inclusive and interdisciplinary, through which I seek to educate and inspire students to read critically and develop as bold and independent thinkers and informed global citizens. My teaching expertise are: eighteenth to twenty-first century literature and literary theory; nineteenth-century history and culture; Australian literatures; academic writing; and popular cultures. 

I have taught the following courses in the Department of English and Creative Writing at The University of Adelaide: 

2021

Semester 1: ENGL 1101 Introduction to English Literature

2011-2020

  • ENGL 3044 Body Culture Text
  • ENGL 1101 Introduction to English Literature
  • ENGL 2042 Icons of Decadence
  • ENGL 1101 Introduction to English: Ideas of the Real
  • ENGL 3048 Australian Classics: Literature and Film
  • ENGL 2049 Contemporary Australian Culture
  • ENGL 1022/2022 Academic English
  • ENGL 2051 Literature and Society in Victorian Literature
  • ENGL 1001 Landmarks in Literature
  • ENGL 2002 Gothic Literature
  • ENGL 3047 Rhapsody and Revolution: Romanticism and Its Legacies

In 2019 and 2020, I also taught the museum studies major in the Bachelor of Digital Media at The University of South Australia.

 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Co-Supervisor Revisionary Practices in American Literature: A Study of Walt Whitman, Henry James, and Willa Cather. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Clare Lesley Charlesworth
    2020 Co-Supervisor Beyond the frame: Assumptions and silences in ST Gill's utopian visions of Colonial South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jennifer Lorraine Molloy

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