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Biography

Caroline Webb completed her PhD in English Literature and Language at Cornell University, aided by a Fulbright Postgraduate Travel Grant and the Andrew D. White Fellowship, and subsequently taught for eight years at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. She took up the position of Lecturer in English at the University of Newcastle in July 1995, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer from January 2002. She studies and teaches English literature since 1900, and has also been active in University governance.  She held a University of Newcastle Career Enhancement Fellowship for Academic Women in 2012, and served as Secretary of the Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research for two two-year terms (2010-14). Her interests as reflected in teaching include narrative and representation, tradition and innovation in modern British literature, representations of female identity in English and Australian women's writing especially since 1900, and the relationship between cultural issues and narrative in science fiction and fantasy literature (including children's fantasy).  She has published articles on works by authors including Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, A.S. Byatt, Angela Carter, Jeanette Winterson, Lewis Carroll, J.K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, and Diana Wynne Jones.  Her monograph on the children's fantasies of Rowling, Pratchett, and Jones, Fantasy and the Real World in British Children's Literature: The Power of Story, is forthcoming from Routledge in late 2014.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Cornell University, 20/01/1988
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Sydney, 05/03/1983
  • Master of Arts, Cornell University, 02/06/1985

Research

Research keywords

  • A.S. Byatt
  • Angela Carter
  • Diana Wynne Jones
  • English literature
  • J.K. Rowling
  • James Joyce
  • Jeanette Winterson
  • Modernism
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Virginia Woolf
  • contemporary fiction
  • contemporary women's fiction
  • fantastic fiction

Research expertise

Dr Webb studies English literature since 1900. She is especially interested in how the politics of form emerges through subtle textual details, and has examined this in the writings of Modernist authors, especially Virginia Woolf. Her analyses of writings by Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson take a feminist affective narratological approach. She is currently studying the British fantasy tradition and is interested in its relationship to British postmodern fiction, especially in the form of rewritten fairy tales; she has recently commenced a project examining British fantasy literature of the 1920s. Her study of fantasy literature includes popular novels for children such as J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter sequence and the children's fiction of Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett; her scholarly monograph on these authors, titled _Fantasy and the Real World in British Children's Literature: The Power of Story_, is being published by Routledge in late 2014. She is a member of the Literary Studies research group.

Languages

  • French

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
200503British And Irish Literature100

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • International Virginia Woolf Society
  • International James Joyce Foundation
  • Modern Language Association
  • Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association
  • Australasian Association for Literature

Editorial Board.

  • Member - Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Dr Caroline Webb has performed substantial administrative and governance service to the University of Newcastle. In 1999 she was appointed Assistant Dean (Academic) in the newly established Faculty of the Central Coast, a position she held (later retitled Assistant Dean (Teaching and Learning)) for the three years of the Faculty's existence. This position involved, most importantly, developing protocols for curriculum development and review and for teaching and learning. She was therefore appointed as a (working) observer to the University-level Curriculum Review Committee in 1999 and was a full member in 2000-01, reviewing curriculum proposals at course and program level. She was elected to Academic Senate from April 2000 and served continuously to the end of 2011. In 2002-03 and 2009 she also served on the Faculty of Education and Arts Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Committee. In 2003-04 she served on the working party responding to the external review of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Science, and in 2004 was an internal member of the panel reviewing the Bachelor of Fine Art programs at both campuses. In 2004 she served on the Course and Program Review committee that assessed the viability of all courses in the university, and has since served on the University Program and Course Approval Committee (2008) and Teaching and Learning Committee (2011). She has thus developed considerable and wide-ranging expertise in university academic procedures, and especially in curriculum development and review.

In 2002 Dr Webb was appointed Deputy Head of the Ourimbah-based School of Humanities, a position she held for four years; for the latter two she was 0.5 Head of School/0.5 Deputy Head. As the School was multidisciplinary (containing staff from Teacher Education and Fine Art as well as a range of areas in the Humanities and Social Sciences) this role required a broad understanding of disciplinary expectations in a wide range of fields as well as the day-to-day management of very different staff and student needs. The School's activities in many cases paralleled those in other Schools in the Faculty, so this role also involved negotiation with other Heads and senior Faculty members. Later, following restructure of the Faculty, she served for two years (2008-09) as Deputy Head of the School of Humanities and Social Science, initially with specific responsibility for the School's Ourimbah campus operations, later for the whole School, with special responsibility for Teaching and Learning. This School is also multidisciplinary and operates across three campuses with well over 2000 EFTSL. Dr Webb served on the Faculty Executive during 2002-05 and 2008-09 and developed understanding of budgetary issues at School, Faculty, and University level.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Bloomsbury
  • British literature
  • English literature
  • Modernism
  • contemporary women's fiction
  • fantastic fiction
  • narrative
  • science fiction
  • speculative fiction

Teaching expertise

Dr Webb has developed a range of successful courses at the University of Newcastle, including honours seminars on Fictions of Female Identity, Virginia Woolf, and _Orlando_ and Feminism. She has developed and taught a range of courses at introductory and advanced undergraduate level, including the current courses ENGL1650 Fiction, Drama, Film: An Introduction, ENGL3013 Women's Writing, and ENGL3656 Issues in Speculative Fiction, and recently co-developed and taught into the new core course in the English & Writing major, ENGL1000 Introduction to Literary Studies. She is especially interested in how the literature both of a period and of a genre can be studied to explore intellectual history, both in its content and in its approaches to representation, and has explored this in courses on Victorian to Modernist literature and on twentieth-century British and Irish literature.

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Webb CE, 'The language of the senses: Angela Carter's 'The bloody chamber' and the seduction of the reader', Literature and Sensation, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne 194-203 (2009) [B1]
2011Webb CE, 'Dancing in worn slippers: Narration, affect, and subversion in Jeanette Winterson's 'Story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses'', Postmodern Reinterpretations of Fairy Tales: How Applying New Methods Generates New Meanings, The Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY 442-459 (2011) [B1]
2010Webb CE, ''False Pretences' and the 'Real Show': Identity, performance, and the nature of fiction in Conrad's Fate', Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 21 221-232 (2010) [C1]
2008Webb CE, ''Abandoned boys' and 'pampered princes': Fantasy as the journey to reality in the Harry Potter sequence', Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature, 18 15-21 (2008) [C1]
2010Webb CE, ''I'll be judge, I'll be jury': 'Tail'-Telling, Imperialism and the Other in Alice in Wonderland', Papers: Explorations Into Children's Literature, 20 1-10 (2010) [C1]
2003Webb CE, 'Forming Feminism: Structure and Ideology in Charades and 'The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye'', Hecate, 29 132-141 (2003) [C1]
2001Webb CE, 'All was dark; all was doubt; all was confusion: Nature, Culture, and Orlando's Ruskinian Storm-Cloud', Virginia Woolf Out of Bounds, University of Maryland Baltimore County (2001) [E1]
1998Webb CE, ''Bodily Weakness' and the 'Free Boy': Physicality as Subversive Agent in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man', Re: Joyce: Text, Culture, Politics, Macmillan; St. Martin's Press, Houndsmill, Basingstoke: New York, NY 87-103 (1998) [B1]
2006Webb CE, ''Change the Story, Change the World': Witches/Crones as Heroes in Novels by Terry Pratchett and Diana Wynne Jones', Special Issue of Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature, Melbourne (2006) [E1]

Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

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Chapter (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Webb CE, 'The Watchman and the Hippopotamus: Art, Play, and Otherness in _Thud!_', Discworld and the Disciplines: Critical Approaches to the Terry Pratchett Works, McFarland, Jefferson, NC 92-107 (2014)
2011Webb CE, 'Dancing in worn slippers: Narration, affect, and subversion in Jeanette Winterson's 'Story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses'', Postmodern Reinterpretations of Fairy Tales: How Applying New Methods Generates New Meanings, The Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY 442-459 (2011) [B1]
2009Webb CE, 'The language of the senses: Angela Carter's 'The bloody chamber' and the seduction of the reader', Literature and Sensation, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne 194-203 (2009) [B1]
1998Webb CE, ''Bodily Weakness' and the 'Free Boy': Physicality as Subversive Agent in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man', Re: Joyce: Text, Culture, Politics, Macmillan; St. Martin's Press, Houndsmill, Basingstoke: New York, NY 87-103 (1998) [B1]
1997Webb C, 'The Room as Laboratory: The Gender of Science and Literature in Modernist Polemics', , Garland Publishing, New York, USA 337-352 (1997) [B1]
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Journal article (9 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Webb CE, ''I'll be judge, I'll be jury': 'Tail'-Telling, Imperialism and the Other in Alice in Wonderland', Papers: Explorations Into Children's Literature, 20 1-10 (2010) [C1]
2010Webb CE, ''False Pretences' and the 'Real Show': Identity, performance, and the nature of fiction in Conrad's Fate', Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 21 221-232 (2010) [C1]
2008Webb CE, ''Abandoned boys' and 'pampered princes': Fantasy as the journey to reality in the Harry Potter sequence', Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature, 18 15-21 (2008) [C1]
2006Webb CE, 'Forming Feminism: Structure and Ideology in charades and 'The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye'', Short Story Criticism: Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers, 91 173-178 (2006) [C2]
2003Webb CE, 'Forming Feminism: Structure and Ideology in Charades and 'The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye'', Hecate, 29 132-141 (2003) [C1]
2002Webb CE, 'The Invisible Private, Marele Day, Mrs Cook: The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain's Wife', Hecate's Australian Women's Book Review, 14 (2002) [C3]
1998Webb CE, 'Authorial Divinity in the Twentieth Century. Omniscient Narration in Woolf, Hemingway, and Others. Barbara K. Olson (Lewisburg: Bucknell UP and London: Associated University Presses, 1997) 152pp', Woolf Studies Annual, 4 217-219 (1998) [C3]
1994Webb C, 'Life After Death: The Allegorical Progress of Mrs. Dalloway', Modern Fiction Studies, 40 279-297 (1994) [C1]
1994Webb C, 'Listing to the Right: Authority and Inheritance in Orlando and Ulysses', Twentieth Century Literature, 40 190-204 (1994) [C1]
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Review (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Webb CE, 'Angela Olive Carter: The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories', The Literary Encyclopedia (2011) [D2]
1996Webb C, 'Review of David Trotter, The English Novel in History 1895-1920', D.H. Lawrence Review (1996) [D2]
1993Webb C, 'Review of Alison Booth, Greatness Engendered: George Eliot and Virginia Woolf', South Atlantic Review (1993) [D2]

Conference (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Webb CE, 'The essayist as flaneur: Mary Beton, Virginia Woolf, and the language of A Room of One's Own', The Art of the Real: National Creative Non-Fiction Conference. Program, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E3]
2006Webb CE, ''Change the Story, Change the World': Witches/Crones as Heroes in Novels by Terry Pratchett and Diana Wynne Jones', Special Issue of Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature, Melbourne (2006) [E1]
2001Webb CE, 'All was dark; all was doubt; all was confusion: Nature, Culture, and Orlando's Ruskinian Storm-Cloud', Virginia Woolf Out of Bounds, University of Maryland Baltimore County (2001) [E1]
1994Webb C, 'History through Metaphor: Woolf''s Orlando and Byatt''s Possession: A Romance', New York (1994) [E1]
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Creative Work (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Brooker CJ, Hopcroft HF, Webb CE, Bird C, Wood D, Happily Ever After: Alternative Destinies in Contemporary Feminine Narrative, Helen Hopcroft and Caelli Jo Brooker, Newcastle (2012) [J2]

Co-authors: Caelli Brooker

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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants19
Total funding$89,924

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Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.

2012 (2 grants)

CEF Teaching Relief - Webb$49,365
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Caroline Webb, Associate Professor Roger Markwick
SchemeRole
Career Enhancement Fellowship for Academic WomenInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$49,36520122012
GNo:G1101202

Postmodernism and the British fantasy tradition$4,540
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Caroline Webb
SchemeRole
Career Enhancement Fellowship for Academic WomenChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,54020122012
GNo:G1100999

2009 (4 grants)

Collegial Conversation: Enhancing the teaching environment in Humanities and Teacher Education at the Central Coast$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
Teaching and Learning Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020092009
GNo:176711684

Collegial Conversation: Enhancing the teaching environment in Humanities and Teacher Education at the Central Coast$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
Teaching and Learning Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020092009
GNo:113866654

Diana Wynne Jones Conference, Bristol, UK, 3-5 July 2009$1,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Caroline Webb
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,00020092009
GNo:G0190328

'False Pretences' and the 'Real Show': Identity and Performance in Conrad's Fate$636
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

SchemeRole
Research Funding for Marking ReliefChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$63620092009
GNo:113866662

2008 (3 grants)

ACLAR Conference 2008$934
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Caroline Webb
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$93420082008
GNo:G0188962

Orphan Boys and Pampered Little Princes: Fantasy as the Journey to Reality in the Harry Potter Series$200
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

SchemeRole
Top-Up Conference GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20020082008
GNo:113866670

The Essayist as Flaneur: Mary Beton, Virginia Woolf, and the Language of A Room of One's Own$100
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

SchemeRole
Top-Up Conference GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10020082008
GNo:113866678

2007 (1 grants)

Manifesting Literary Feminisms, Monash Conference Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, 13/12/2007 - 14/12/2007$368
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Caroline Webb
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$36820072007
GNo:G0188268

2006 (1 grants)

Australian Women's Studies Association National & International Conference, 7th International Conference of the Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research, 9-12/7/06, 13-14/7/06$558
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Caroline Webb
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$55820062006
GNo:G0186648

2005 (1 grants)

Return to Ithaca: The 2005 North American James Joyce Conference, 14-18 June 2005, USA$1,290
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Caroline Webb
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,29020052005
GNo:G0185185

2004 (1 grants)

Bloomsday 100 19th International James Joyce Symposium, 12-19 June 2004, Ireland$1,130
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Caroline Webb
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,13020042004
GNo:G0183991

2003 (1 grants)

'Other' Feminisms - An International Women's and Gender Studies Conference$535
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Caroline Webb
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$53520032003
GNo:G0183219

2001 (1 grants)

AULLA XXXI Changing Landscapes: Language and Literature Studies Across the Millennia, South Australia 6-9 February 2001$158
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Caroline Webb
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15820012001
GNo:G0180683

2000 (1 grants)

The 10th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf: Virginia Woolf Out of Bounds.$1,064
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Caroline Webb
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,06420002000
GNo:G0180326

1997 (2 grants)

The use of allegory and anti-allegory by three twentieth-century British novelists$6,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Caroline Webb
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,00019971997
GNo:G0177493

Seventh Annual Virginai Woolfe Conference, Plymouth, New Hampshire, USA, 12-15 June 1997$1,046
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Caroline Webb
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,04619971997
GNo:G0179599

1996 (1 grants)

"Bodily Weakness" and the "Free Boy": Physicality as Subversive Agent in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man$1,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,00019961996
GNo:113866686
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions10
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.5
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL3.85

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (English)Principal SupervisorHybridity and the Post-Human in Contemporary Women's Literature
20142018PhD (English)Principal SupervisorA Study in Exploring and Innovating Contemporary Societal Issues and the Representation of Sexuality Through the Spectrum of the Young Adult Novel
20142018PhD (English)Co-SupervisorRewriting the Feminine: The Female Hero in Young Adult Fantasy and Realist Literature and the Female Body as Public Spectacle
20132017PhD (English)Co-SupervisorThe Language of Other Worlds: Narrative Style in Early Science Fiction and Fantasy Texts
20132017PhD (English)Co-SupervisorModernism and the Russian Fantastic: A Comparative Analysis
20132014PhD (English)Principal SupervisorThe Moment of Transformation: Women, Animals and Power Within Revisionist Fairy Tales
20132016PhD (English)Principal SupervisorFriend Me: a Young Adult Science Fiction Novel Exploring the Social Media Other
20122014M Philosophy (English)Co-SupervisorThe Expressionist
20112015PhD (English)Principal SupervisorThe Specular Self: Subjectivity and the Space Between Image and Death
20102014PhD (English)Principal SupervisorResearch Topic: Erasing History - A Cultural Approach to the Work of William Gibson

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (English)Principal SupervisorEatdirtzian Geosophy: Approaching Ethical Reading Practices
2013Honours Literature
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorThe Role of the Exile in Ursula K. Le Guin's Science Fiction
2013M Philosophy (English)Co-SupervisorSlipstream
2011Honours Creative Arts Not Elswr Classi
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorFairy Tales
2011PhD (Humanities)Principal SupervisorThe Salvaged Image: A Study of Fairy Tale, Mervyn Peake and the Creative Process
2010M Creative Arts (English) [R]Co-SupervisorThe Gothic Meets the Weird: A Critical Analysis of Charlie Cheesegrater: A Weird Tale and Its Influences
2010PhD (Humanities)Co-Supervisor'A Battle for Children's Minds': The Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for Older Readers
2009Honours Creative Arts Not Elswr Classi
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorCreative writing project
2008Honours Literature
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorRepresentations of Identity Constructed through Context in Indigenous Australian Narrative by a non-Indigenous researcher
2007PhD (Humanities)Principal SupervisorTerror, Trauma and the Eye in the Triangle: The Masonic Presence in Contemporary Art and Culture
2006Honours Fine Arts
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorFemale identity in contemporary art
2006Honours Literature
University of Newcastle
Co-SupervisorLars von Trier's film trilogy
2005PhD (Humanities)Co-SupervisorTestimonio: Witnessing my Mother's Life: Race and Identity in Twentieth Century Australia
2004Honours Literature
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorA.S. Byatt
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Dr Caroline Webb

Work Phone(02) 4348 4061
Fax(02) 4348 4075
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaEnglish
Office
HO1.21,
Humanities Offices,
Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/caroline-webb