Membership of professional associations
Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture – Australia and New Zealand; Australasian Victorian Studies Association; International Auto/Biography Association
Area of study
Alexis Harley's research compasses literature from the late eighteenth century on, with particular focus on Victorian natural history writing, autobiography and literary engagements with the idea of nature, animals, and evolutionary theories.
Her recent monograph, Autobiologies: Charles Darwin and the Natural History of the Self demonstrates how evolutionary theories shaped nineteenth-century autobiographical practices and refashioned the human subject – and also how the lived experience of individual theorists impacted upon their biological formulations.
She has abiding interests in animal rights discourse, the Romantics, and all forms of autobiography (from logbooks to microblogs), and has published widely on the autobiographies of nineteenth-century atheists and agnostics. She is currently researching the relationship between extinction, ecological loss and the literary forms of grief.
Language and Culture in Society
- nineteenth-century natural history writing
- nineteenth-century English literature
- posthumanism and the ecological humanities
- ENG1DPL Death, Pleasure and the Literary Imagination
- ENG3NOV History of the Novel
- ENG3BAR Romanticism
- ENG4CAL Contemporary Approaches to Literature
(all team taught)
Alexis Harley would be pleased to be consulted about any of her research interests.
- Autobiologies: Charles Darwin and the Natural History of the Self. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2014.
- “Darwin’s Ants: Evolutionary Theory and the Anthropomorphic Fallacy”. In Jeanne Dubino, Ziba Rashidian and Andrew Smyth, eds. Representing the Modern Animal in Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 103-118.
- “Darwinism”, Oxford Bibliographies Online: Victorian Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
- With Norie Neumark, eds. Special Issue: “Feral”. Unlikely: Journal of the Centre for Creative Arts 1 (2014). Forthcoming.
- With Norie Neumark. “Introduction”. Special Issue: “Feral”. Unlikely: Journal for the Centre for Creative Arts 1 (2014). Forthcoming.
- “The Materiality of Writing Beyond the Writing/Materiality Binary”. In Shane Strange and Kay Rozynski, eds. Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being Papers – the refereed proceedings of the 18th conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs. AAWP, 2013.
- “Posthuman Ethics: Embodiment and Cultural Theory.” Life Writing 10.3 (2013): 357-361. Review Essay.
- “Slavery and the Machine". In Marlene D. Allen and Seretha D. Williams. Afterimages of Slavery: Essays on Appearances in Recent American Films, Literature, Television and Other Media. Jefferson, NC, and London: 2012. 218-232.
- "What shall it profit, if I write a spanking good story but lose my soul?", TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, Special Issue 5 (2009).
- Bloom's Classic Critical Views: William Blake. New York: Chelsea House, 2008. Annotated anthology.
- “Jane Austen and Charles Darwin”. Transnational Literature 1.2 (2009). Review essay.
- “Frankenstein’s Science: Experimentation and Discovery in Romantic Culture, 1780-1830”. Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies 13.1 (2008): 46-50. Review essay.
- “Sexing the Aesthete: the autobiography and apostasy of Edmund Gosse”. Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 3.3 (2007).
- “This reversed order of things': re-orientation aboard HMS Beagle”. Biography 29.3 (2006): 462-481.
- "America, A Prophecy: when Blake meets Blade Runner". Sydney Studies in English 31 (2005): 61-75.
- "Remembering absence: the autobiography and apostasy of Herbert Spencer". Philament 6 (2005).
- “Resurveying Eden: panoptica in imperfect worlds", M/C Journal 8:4 (2005).
- "Genesis, the Origin, and Darwin's autobiographies", Forum 1.1 (2005).
Autobiologies: Charles Darwin and the Natural History of the Self Machines-humans-animals, rights, and Romanticism The rhetoric of empathy