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Dr Dianne Osland

Conjoint Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities and Social Science (English)

Career Summary

Biography

My research career has taken two paths. While continuing to work in eighteenth-century fiction throughout my career, during the 1980s much of my time was devoted to the development of an experimental programme for the teaching of discursive writing at university level (an account of which appeared in Herdsa 5 [1986]:177--84). This developed into a highly successful course, resulting in the publication of Writing in Australia, co-written with colleagues who became involved in the teaching of the course. (This text has been through multiple reprints and has been used as a set text or recommended reference throughout Australian tertiary institutions, including RMIT, Monash, the University of Adelaide, the University of Sydney, the University of Wollongong, the University of Southern Queensland, Edith Cowan University, and the Australian Catholic University.) During the 1990s, a heavy administrative load (including four years as Head of the Department of English) limited opportunities for research, but from 2000 onwards, I have been able to concentrate more single-mindedly on the series of collaborative projects with CI Mitchell. There is a long lead-in time to this kind of research, which requires each investigator to acquire competence in the others area of expertise, but we are now in a position to capitalize on the collaborative relationship already formed. Genuinely collaborative research of this scope is unusual in literary studies, and CI Mitchell and I are fostering the development of such research partnerships through an annual postgraduate symposium for Newcastle and Macquarie students designed to broaden the research culture of both institutions and develop an understanding of the Humanities as a more cohesive research community.

Research Expertise
My main research interests are in the areas of eighteenth-century fiction and narrative theory. I have published on eighteenth-century authors such as Fielding, Sterne, Richardson, Defoe, and Inchbald, in particular focusing on the representation of women and the way in which narrative and social modes interact in the depiction of female subjectivity. I am the co-author, with Dr Marea Mitchell of Macquarie University, of Representing Women and Female Desire from Arcadia to Jane Eyre, and am currently collaborating with Dr Mitchell on a second project examining changes in reading practices between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. My other research interests include the ethics of autobiography and the generic transformation of romance fiction.

Teaching Expertise
During my career I have taught just about the entire span of literary periods in English, from medieval verse romances to contemporary literature, but my main areas of expertise lie in three specializations: (a) eighteenth-century fiction, (b) narrative theory and practice (including the generic distinctions of novel and romance and autobiography and fiction), and (c) discursive writing.

Administrative Expertise
I have developed a broad range of administrative expertise as subdean of the Faculty of Arts (in the 1980s), Head of the Department of English (1996-7, 1999), and currently as discipline convenor (English) and as Student Academic Conduct Officer for the School of Humanities and Social Science.

Collaborations
Reading Practices in the Early Modern Period, Representation of Women in Fiction in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Metaphor in Fiction, Ethics of Autobiography.


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Diploma in Education, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Autobiography
  • Discursive Writing
  • Early Modern Fiction
  • Eighteenth-Century Fiction
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • Narrative Theory
  • Victorian Fiction

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
200599Literary Studies not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2008 - 31/03/2011Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/1993 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Humanities and Social Science
Australia
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Publications

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


Book (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Osland DM, Continuations to Sidney's Arcadia, 1607-1867, Pickering & Chatto, London, 239 (2014) [A3]
2005Mitchell M, Osland DM, Representing Women and Female Desire from Arcadia to Jane Eyre, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 247 (2005) [A1]

Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2003Osland DM, 'The Stone Diaries, Jane Eyre, and the Burden of Romance', Carol Shields, Narrative Hunger, and the Possibilities of Fiction, University of Toronto Press Incorporated 2003, Canada 84-112 (2003) [B1]

Journal article (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Collins-Gearing BM, Osland DM, 'Who will save us from the rabbits?: Rewriting the past allegorically', Looking Glass, The, 14 1-9 (2010) [C1]
Co-authorsBrooke Collins-Gearing
2003Osland DM, 'Heart-picking in A Simple Story', Eighteenth-Century Fiction, 16 79-101 (2003) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 4
2000Osland DM, 'Complaisance and Complacence, and the Perils of Pleasing in Clarissa', Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 40 491-509 (2000) [C1]

Conference (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2007Osland DM, Mitchell M, 'Using rewritings in the history of reading: The case of Shamela', Rewriting the Long Eighteenth Century: David Nichol Smith Seminar in 18th-Century Studies XIII. Abstracts, Dunedin, New Zealand (2007) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants4
Total funding$9,471

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20081 grants / $1,115

Australian and New Zealand Association for Medical and Early Modern Studies (Inc) 7th Biennial International Conference, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 2/12/2008 - 6/12/2008$1,115

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Dianne Osland
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189548
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20071 grants / $1,150

David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies X111$1,150

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Dianne Osland
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187342
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20022 grants / $7,206

Sidney's Arcadia and Samuel Richardson's Pamela$6,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Dianne Osland
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0181314
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

37th International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo, USA, 2 - 5 May 2002$1,206

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Dianne Osland
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2002
Funding Finish2002
GNoG0181818
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Overflow
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2014"The Convergence of the Twain": Romanticism and Naturalism in Thomas Hardy's Tragic Novels
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2012The Most Beautiful Place in the World
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2011Bachelor Dad on Her Doorstep
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2011Reading the Self-Help Manual: Amazon.com Customer Reviews of Dating and Marriage Manuals for Heterosexual Women
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2010The Lively: The Retreat from Hope to Hedonism
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2010Can Children's Literature Be Non-Colonising? A Dialogic Approach to Nonsense
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2010Rewriting Scapegoat Texts: Mimetic Desire and the Dynamics of Rivalry in Michael Ondaatje's In the Skin of a Lion and the English Patient, and Peter Careys, Jack Maggs and True History of the Kelly Gang
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2009A Taste of Dreams
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2008River of Many Fallen Trees
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2005D.H. Lawrence's Poetry. The Contemporary Reception
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2005The Difficulty of the Wake
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2005Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time: Searching for Secret Harmonies
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2004The Art Criticism of George Moore 1886-1896. A Complete Edition, with Critical Introduction and Notes
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Sole Supervisor
2003Villains and Villainy in Six Shakespearean Plays
Literature, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Dianne Osland

Position

Conjoint Senior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

English

Contact Details

Emaildianne.osland@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5169
Fax(02) 4921 6933

Office

RoomMC134
BuildingMcMullin Building
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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