School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
My research ranges from literary studies to dance and performance studies. My literary interests are in twentieth and twenty-first century literature, with special interests in postmodernism and women's writing. I have published widely on the British writer Angela Carter, including the monograph, Angela Carter and Decadence: Critical Fictions/Fictional Critiques (Palgrave, 2012). I sit on the International Advisory Panel of the Angela Carter Society and regularly publish articles and book chapters in Carter studies. Current projects include an examination of the literary and wider cultural impact of existential psychiatrist R.D. Laing.
I have a dance background and write and review regularly for the national dance magazine, Dance Australia; my reviews have also appeared in The Conversation, The Australian and Ballettanz, one of Europe's leading dance industry magazines. In addition to sitting on judging panels for various dance awards, I am also a member of the Adelaide Critics Circle. My monograph FIFTY: Half a Century of Australian Dance Theatre, a history of Australia’s oldest contemporary dance company, was published in 2016 by Wakefield Press. I am currently researching the choreographic process of Meryl Tankard, one of Australia’s most significant choreographers, for which I was awarded a National Library of Australia Fellowship (2018).
Arts and cultural policy is an emerging area of research. I am part of the tri-university group Reset, which seeks new ideas and practices to help us rethink the value of arts and culture, and re-establish their place in public policy and everyday citizenship.
Date Position Institution name 2017 - ongoing Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 2014 - 2016 Lecturer University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2018 Research Award Shortlisted, Hazel Rowley Fellowship for Biography Hazel Rowley Foundation Australia 2018 Fellowship Australian National Library Fellowhip 2019 National Library of Australia Australia $25,000
Date Institution name Country Title 2007 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
Year Citation 2019 Tonkin, M. K. (2019). Meryl Tankard's French Connection: Regis Lansac. French Australian Review, 66, 26-48. 2019 Tonkin, M. K. (2019). R.D. Laing, Feminism and the Politics of Birth and Re-birth. Australian Feminist Studies, 34(100), 248-262.
2015 Tonkin, M. (2015). "The Time of the Loony": Psychosis, Alienation, and R.D. Laing in the Fictions of Muriel Spark and Angela Carter. Contemporary Women's Writing, 9(3), 366-384.
2014 Tonkin, M. (2014). Traveling hopefully: the utopian impulse in the fiction of Angela Carter. Contemporary Women's Writing, 9(2), 219-237.
2006 Tonkin, M. (2006). Musing on Baudelaire: Angela Carter's "Black Venus" and the poet as dead beloved. LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, 17(3-4), 301-323.
2004 Tonkin, M. (2004). The "Poe-etics" of Decomposition: Angela Carter's "The Cabinet of Edgar Allen Poe" and the reading-effect. Women's Studies, 33(1), 1-21.
Original Creative Works
Year Citation 2018 Authors: Tonkin M. Title: ‘Furioso, of zes manieren om de hemel omhoog to houden’. Description: N/A. Extent: 4. 2016 Authors: Tonkin MK. Title: Von Göttin zum Kadaver: Die Karriere der Muse. Description: N/A. Extent: 8 pages.
I convene a number of survey courses in literary studies:
ENGL 3047: Rhapsody and Revolution: Romanticism and its Legacies
ENGL 2051: Literature and Society in Victorian Britain
ENGL 3051: Modernisms
ENGL 3045: The Question of Postmodernism: Texts and Issues
I also team teach into Icons of Decadence and Introduction to English.
Bachelor of Creative Arts
I am the Program Convenor for the Bachelor of Creative arts, and convene the core subjects for that degree:
CRARTS 1001: What is this Thing Called Art?
CRARTS 2002: Creativity and the Adelaide Festival
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2022 Co-Supervisor Performance in the poetry of Marceline Desbordes-Valmore Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mrs Hannah Ann Violet Hobson 2022 Co-Supervisor Carnal Femininity: A Short Story Collection and Accompanying Exegesis Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Victoria Tomaszczyk 2020 Co-Supervisor Beach Bodies: Cruising the Shore in Fire Island Literature Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jacob Sunter 2020 Co-Supervisor The Blackness of the Sun: An Exploration of Nihilism and Meaning in the works of Albert Camus and Samuel Beckett Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Gemma Lynn Parker 2019 Principal Supervisor Muslim Women's Identity in a Changing World: the Fiction of Leila Aboulela Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Najla Fahad Alyabis 2019 Co-Supervisor Fragments of Self: Contemporary Women's Life Writing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Meg Madden
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - 2020 Principal Supervisor We are the granddaughters of the witches you couldn't burn’: Feminist Afterlives of the Witch in Popular Culture Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Brydie Kosmina 2018 - 2022 Co-Supervisor NUMBERS BY PAINT Quantifying aesthetic receptions Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Edith Mina Lyre 2017 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Bound by Narrative: 'Reading' the Female Body and Genre in Nineteenth-Century British Literature Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Charlotte Eliza Brake Kelso 2015 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Me, Myself and the Other: Self-reflexivity in Travel Writing Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Tina Morganella 2014 - 2016 Co-Supervisor 'Petticoated Police,' 'Intimate Watching' and Private Agency(ies): Reading the Female Detective of Fin-de-siecle British Literature Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Genevieve Lauren Seys 2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor 'Passionately Subjective': Challenges to Identity in the Works of Amy Levy Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Carolyn Louise Lake
Date Role Board name Institution name Country 2022 - ongoing Board Member Adelaide Central School of Art Adelaide Central School of Art Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Bachelor of Creative Arts University of Adelaide Australia 2017 - ongoing Member International Advisory Board, Angela Carter Society University of the West of England United Kingdom
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2017 - ongoing Member Critics panel, Adelaide Festival Centre Walk of Fame Adelaide Festival Centre Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2020 - ongoing Member Dance Studies Association United States 2018 - ongoing Advisory Board Member Angela Carter Society United Kingdom 2015 - ongoing Member Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender Australia 2013 - ongoing Member J.M Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice Australia 2012 - ongoing Member Adelaide Critics Circle Australia 2006 - ongoing Member Contemporary Women's Writing Association Australia
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