Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts
Taylor is an MPhil Candidate in the Department of English, Creative Writing, & Film. Their current work—'Violence, Boredom, Extinction: Artistic Depictions of Symbolic Death and Masculine Delinquency'—explores new, old, and emergent humanisms through the critical analysis of literature and cinema.
Since 2017, Taylor has worked as a writer and producer in South Australia's corporate film industry. They have also authored two novels pseudonymously.
Taylor is first and foremost a writer of fiction.
Violence, Boredom, Extinction: Artistic Depictions of Symbolic Death and Masculine Delinquency
Delinquency and a resentment of one’s own society can develop throughout any stage of adolescence, and has a litany of influences. This work examines two broad intersections of influence—violence and boredom—within the greater context of contemporary planetary extinctions.
In order to reexamine the various meanings and implications of 'extinction', the thesis draws upon artistic and cultural artefacts constructed throughout two historical turning-points.
The first of these turning-points, nuclear extinction, is explored in the post-war corpus of Yukio Mishima. The second, a more nebulous, almost ‘background’ extinction, arrives in the fallout of globalisation, material surplus, and secular positivism, and is assessed via fictional accounts of adolescent mass violence. These works include Lionel Shriver’s novel We Need to Talk About Kevin (2003) and its film adaptation, directed by Lynne Ramsay (2011), as well as Gus Van Sant’s Elephant (2003), Frida & Lasse Barkfors' Raising a School Shooter (2021), and Justin Kurzel's Nitram (2021).
These seemingly discordant turning-points and narratives implicate identical motivations in the death impulse of male delinquents. Through their juxtaposition, alongside the application of Jean Baudrillard’s symbolic death and Julia Kristeva's psychoanalytic ontology, this thesis ultimately contributes to the dialogue of several disciplines—moral philosophy, gender theory, psychoanalysis—and aims to highlight the coercive political potential of death in an age of extinctions.
Date Position Institution name 2021 Volunteer Department for Correctional Services
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2020 Scholarship EW Benham Honours Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia — 2018 Scholarship Adelaide Dickens Fellowship The University of Adelaide Australia —
Date Institution name Country Title 2020 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 2019 University of Exeter United Kingdom Contribution to B.A. 2016 MAPS Film School Australia Diploma of Screen and Media
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