Dr Alexis Sìne Clare

Dr Alexis Sìne Clare Harley

Lecturer, English

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

HU2 507, Melbourne (Bundoora)


PhD (USyd)



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


Brief profile

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. 


Research interests

Language and Culture in Society

- nineteenth-century natural history writing

Literary Studies

- nineteenth-century English literature

Literary Theory

- posthumanism and the ecological humanities

Teaching units

  • ENG1DPL Death, Pleasure and the Literary Imagination
  • ENG3BAR Romanticism
  • CRA3CRC Creative/Critical
  • ENG4CAL Contemporary Approaches to Literature

(all team taught)


Alexis Harley would be pleased to be consulted about any of her research interests.

Recent publications



Book reviews

Research projects

Autobiologies: Charles Darwin and the Natural History of the Self Machines-humans-animals, rights, and Romanticism The rhetoric of empathy