Mrs Loraine Haywood

General Library Assistant

University Library

Career Summary


Biblical Master Narratives informing the discourse in Western Society.

Loraine Haywood is completing a Masters in Theology with the University of Newcastle in collaboration with the Broken Bay Institute. She is hoping to advance to a PHD in an across-discipline approach to her research in Theology, film and psychoanalysis.

Loraine Haywood's particular interest is in how Biblical Master Narratives function in literature and film. Common themes of resurrection/second coming, virgin birth (cloning) and apocalypse resonate through science fiction films which are central in her research.

The creation narratives in Genesis 1-3 and the apocalyptic genre also feature prominently in the research particularly in American Cinema. Generally this fundamentalist approach to the Bible leads to a literal reading of the text leading to a fascination, enthusiasm and obsession with apocalypse as a sign of the second coming. However, although films like Oblivion (2013) try to assert a redemptive power through these archetypes found in Christian narratives "the Real" intrudes and disrupts any notion of a resolution.

In this vein Loraine's research encapsulates Lacan's three registers of human reality, the imaginary, the symbolic and "the Real", Baudrillard's simulacra and simulation and Eco's definitions of hyperreality. She also is influenced by Zizek's view on Lacan and  the apocalyptic in American cinema. Loraine sees in Baudrillard's theory of the three orders of simulacra (1999, 121), a type of progression through the Trinity or Godhead, in Christian mythology, of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Loraine aligns with Ecofeminist attitudes to Theology including sustainable living, reverence for the living planet and all life. Ecofeminist theology resists the destruction of the earth,  patriarchy and the appropriation of women's' creative power as exemplified in Eve's birth from Adams' rib and baptism, as well as other myths such as the birth of Athena from the head of Zeus (Daly, 1978, 46). These are just general examples that form authority and discussion around the subjugation of women.

Loraine explored these themes in her publication “Nostalgia for Eden: Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion, an Apocalyptic Genesis” in Seachanges Journal for Women Scholars in Religion and Theology.

Loraine has presented papers at the following conferences: the Performance of the Real Conference at the University of Otago, New Zealand 8-10th June 2016. Loraine presented the paper "Oblivion: "The Real Intrusion and Disruption; Mediating the Real Conference The University of Otago, August 31-2 September, 2016, "Reflecting Absence, Mediating 'the Real': Oblivion as a Requiem for 9/11" and The Performance and the Performativity of Violence Conference, June 19-21, 2017, "9/11 and the Violent Aperture: The Real and It's Mirror, Walking the Void."


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190299 Film, Television and Digital Media not elsewhere classified 35
220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified 35
220318 Psychoanalytic Philosophy 30


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

Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Haywood L, '"Nostalgia for Eden": Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion, an Apocalyptic Genesis', Seachanges:WOMEN SCHOLARS of RELIGION & THEOLOGY, 7 1-19 (2016) [C1]

Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Haywood L, 'Performance of The Real Postgrad and Early Career Researcher Symposium', University of Otago (2016)

Mrs Loraine Haywood


General Library Assistant
University Library
Academic Division

Contact Details

Phone 15392
Fax 15833


Room L308
Building Auchmuty Library
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308