Tamlyn Avery

Tamlyn Avery

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts


I am currently an Adjunct Associate Lecturer at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. I previously worked as a Lecturer in English at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, and the Australian Catholic University (ACU). I received my doctorate in English Literature from UNSW, after completing my undergraduate degree there with First Class Honours; I also have a Master's of Teaching, specialising in English. My research interests include in musico-literary studies and African American Literature, and I have published on representations of women's labour, racial characterisation, and the mediatic unconscious in American modernist literature. I am currently writing a book on the regional evolution of the American Bildungsroman; I am interested in how the idealist Enlightenment genre came to house subversive political energies in terms of class, race, and gender relations and structures in American society, all converged upon the perennial figure of 'arrested development'. I am currently an editor of the modernist studies journal, "Affirmations: of the Modern" (Ubiquity Press), where I oversee reviews.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 Adjunct Associate Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2020 English Language Coordinator Flinders University
    2018 - 2020 English Language Proficiency Expert UNSW Australia
    2017 - 2020 Sessional Tutor and Lecturer Australian Catholic University
    2016 - 2020 Sessional Tutor and Lecturer UNSW Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 - 2018 UNSW Australia Australia Master of Teaching
    2012 - 2017 UNSW Australia Australia PhD
    2008 - 2011 UNSW Australia Australia Bachlor of Arts (Hons 1)
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Avery, T. (2020). "Split by the Moonlight": Beethoven and the Racial Sublime in African American Literature. American Literature.
    2020 Avery, T. (2020). The Métis and the Multiple "Me" in Carson McCullers's The Member of the Wedding. The Mississippi quarterly, 72(1), 69.
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    2019 Avery, T. (2019). Gretel Adorno, the Typewriter: Sacrificial Lambs and Critical Theory’s ‘Risk of Formulation’. Australian Feminist Studies, 309-324.
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    2017 Avery, T. (2017). Women’s Work: The Bildungsromance of Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie. Affirmations: of the Modern, 5(1), 1-28.
    2014 Avery, T. (2014). Alienated, Anxious, American: The Crisis of Coming of Age in Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and the Late Harlem Bildungsroman. Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, 20(2), 1-17.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2020 Avery, T. (2020). The Current of Music in Carson McCullers's Short Fiction. In A. Bertolini, & C. Kaser (Eds.), Understanding the Short Fiction of Carson Mccullers. Mercer University Press.
    2019 Avery, T. (2019). Doctorow and the Halbbildungsroman. In J. Murphet, & M. Wutz (Eds.), E. L. Doctorow A Reconsideration (pp. 33). EUP.
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  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Editor Affirmations: of the Modern UNSW Australia

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