Mandy Treagus

Associate Professor Mandy Treagus

Associate Professor/Reader

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


As a scholar of cultural texts I am primarily concerned with how individuals and societies construct meaning in different historical periods, together with the power relations inherent in this process. I pursue these inquiries via the analysis of literary texts, film, photographic and visual art forms, in the context of archival sources. I theoretically engage with critical approaches from the fields of Postcolonial and Decolonising Studies and Gender Studies in an overarching framework that pays close attention to the specificities and scholarship of each genre.

Courses I teach:

The Sixties: From the Beats to Bongs - fiction, poetry, film, music and politics from a decade that changed the world

Icons of Decadence - late-nineteenth century fiction, poetry and culture in Britain, when everything was being rethought

Body Culture Text - contemporary fiction, poetry, film, art, and critical theory, all concerned with embodiment and identity

Pacific Literature Study Tour: Tonga - in intensive mode

Film Studies - the visual cultures look at film

Honours Research Essay - Trans-Tasman Currents - 100 years of fiction and poetry in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2024 Principal Supervisor Connection and Dislocation: Nomadic Cartographies in the Writings of Janette Turner Hospital Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Victoria Rose Circelli
    2024 Principal Supervisor The dynamics Pacific regionalism: How power operates within the Pacific Islands Forum Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Solstice Middleby
    2023 Principal Supervisor Rethinking diasporic identities through the gathering of maternal storylines in Maryse Condes Segu and Namwali Serpell's The Old Drift. Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Miss Letitia Rajamma McNamara
    2023 Co-Supervisor Form, identity, and Homeric reception in the poetry of Alice Oswald and Ocean Vuong Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Thao Gia Bui
    2023 Principal Supervisor How the work and persona of American cult author Charles Bukowski has been received in divergent and often reductive ways through both academic criticism and popular culture Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Benjamin Thomas Adams
    2022 Co-Supervisor Detecting Dress: Mrs-Annie Bowman's Garments: A Cultural History of Dress in Colonial Adelaide Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Kathryn Needs
    2021 Co-Supervisor Tracing Charlotte Jay: The Geraldine Halls Project Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Ms Jane Costessi
    2021 Principal Supervisor Figuring the Sea, Inland: Oceanic Imaginaries in Contemporary Australian Literature Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Theodora Irini Germanos-Galanis
    2020 Co-Supervisor Nekyia and Katabasis in 21st century receptions of the Ilaid Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Patrick James Moritz
    2019 Principal Supervisor Fragments of Self: Contemporary Women's Life Writing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Meg Madden
    2018 Principal Supervisor Longpela Gut Bai: A Braided Narrative of Privilege and Loss Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Susan Chamney Hazel
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - 2023 Principal Supervisor Drifting: a Fire Island Derive Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jacob Sunter
    2019 - 2023 Principal Supervisor Dust Country Stories from a Shifting Land Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Samuel Jesse Cox
    2017 - 2019 Principal 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
    2017 - 2020 Principal Supervisor The Masks That Wear Men: The Representation of Masculine Masquerade In 1990s American Action Cinema Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Kate Marie Bowen
    2014 - 2016 Principal 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
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor An Algorithmic Criticism of Audience Manipulation in Christopher Marlowe's The Massacre at Paris Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Galen Mereki Cuthbertson
    2014 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Volume 1 Plumbago: Volume 2 The Aftermath of Psychical Trauma: Finding a Voice Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Ms Eleanor Anne Wills
    2013 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Notes from Above Water: Fictocriticism as Queer Creative Research Practice Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Alison Jane Coppe
    2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Writing the Sixties: Stardust and Golden Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Prof Douglas McEachern
    2012 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Illegible Narratives: Towards a Queer Violation of Life Story Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Ms Gretta Jade Mitchell
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor 'Passionately Subjective': Challenges to Identity in the Works of Amy Levy Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Carolyn Louise Lake
    2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Double Threads: Reading Dress, Fashion, Narrative and Representations of Femininity in Victorian Popular Literature Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Madeleine Claire Seys
    2010 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Sacrifice in Suburbia: American Novels as Troubled Tragedies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Carly Osborn
    2010 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Welcome (A Novel) and 'Women's Rights and Prostitution in Thailand' (An Exegesis) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Lisa Lines
    2009 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Narrative as healing: centering the Aboriginal voice
    Exegesis for minya wunyi gu wonga
    Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Dylan Coleman
    2009 - 2012 Principal Supervisor ...Fuga...A Novel The Musicalisation of... Fuga: How Music Influenced and Shaped The Writing of a Novel...An Exegesis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Gillian Britton
    2009 - 2014 Co-Supervisor The Golden Milkmaid: Writing from the Gaudiya Tradition Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Vaishnavi Heath
    2006 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Deleuze's Differential Ontology and the Problem of Ethics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Hannah Stark
    2004 - 2006 Co-Supervisor Rhetoric and Fictions of Aids Master of Arts Master Part Time Mr Rikki Wilde
    2003 - 2009 Principal Supervisor A "Nihilistic Dreamboat to Negation"? The Cultural Study of Death Metal and the Limits of Political Criticism Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time APrf Michelle Phillipov
    2002 - 2006 Co-Supervisor Knitting: a Novel/Knitting a Novel: A Retrospective View Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Anne Bartlett
    2001 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Masculinities in Drag: A Theoretical Analysis of Female Masculinity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Julie Hanson
    1999 - 2004 Principal Supervisor DISCOURSES OF MULTICULTURALISM AND CONTEMPORARY ASIAN-AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Yvette Tan
    1999 - 2003 Co-Supervisor Disconcerting Ecologies Representations of Non-Indigenous Belonging in Contemporary Australian Literature and Cultural Discourse Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Emily Potter
  • Position: Associate Professor/Reader
  • Phone: 83134573
  • Email: mandy.treagus@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83134341
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 6
  • Org Unit: School of Humanities

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