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  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 11 Citations
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Personal profile


I specialise in literature, screen media, and culture from the nineteenth century onwards, with an emphasis on biblical reception, religion and literature, emotions, gender, and sexualities.

Author of Touching God: Hopkins and Love (2012) and Gender, Sexuality, and the Song of Songs in Victorian Literature and Culture (forthcoming 2019), and co-editor of Queer Victorian Families: Curious Relations in Literature (2015), my articles have appeared in such journals as Australian Literary Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian Poetry, Religion and Literature, Literature and Theology, and The Hopkins Quarterly.

I am currently a Research Fellow in Media and Communication at UWA, working on an ARC-funded project exploring the reception of queer Australian film and television.

I also specialise in improving systems in higher education. I have written policy reports on research-informed teaching and am the lead author of a 70-page research report about the LGBT student experience at UWA. The resultant report is the first of its kind in Australia and includes recommendations to UWA and the Student Guild to improve LGBT student inclusion.

Current projects

I have a contract with The Ohio State University Press to publish my next book, Gender, Sexuality, and the Song of Songs in Victorian Literature and Culture. Appearing in their series 'Literature, Religion, and Postsecular Studies', the book explores how the Song of Songs was used to fashion, and to contest, the norms of romantic love, sexual relations, gender roles, and marriage in Victorian and early twentieth-century literature and culture. The project was funded by an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.

Funding overview

As lead or sole investigator, I have attracted $420,000 in research funding. The main sources are listed below:

University of Western Australia
Alumni Fund Grants (2016)
Total funding: $20,000

Australian Research Council
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (ARC DECRA) (2013-2016)
Total funding: $295,363

University of Western Australia
UWA ECR Fellowship Support Program (2013-2016)
Total funding: $29,142

University of Western Australia
Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) (2000-2003)
Total Funding: $60,295

University of Western Australia
Winthrop Scholarship (2000)
Total funding: $7,500

Travel awards from the North American Victorian Studies Association, Australasian Victorian Studies Association, UWA Faculty of Arts, UWA Alumni Funds.

Previous positions

After being awarded my PhD, and before returning to the university sector, I worked in health communication for several years at the WA Mental Health Commission. Specialising in publications, public relations, and marketing, I established and became the first Editor of a statewide mental health magazine aimed at a general readership (the first of its kind in Australia), developed strategic proactive and reactive media approaches, and was the head speechwriter for the Mental Health Minister and the Mental Health Commissioner. I have also worked in the areas of strategic marketing, inclusion and diversity, and policy development.

Teaching overview

I have taught widely, from film to TV, to canonical literature, gender studies, professional writing, history, media, advocacy, and health promotion. Highlights include teaching James Joyce's Ulysses over several weeks, and co-teaching -- with Fred Roden at the University of Connecticut -- Alfred Tennyson's In Memoriam.

Research interests

Current and Future

Literature from the nineteenth century onwards

Literature and religion

Christian publishing

Feminist, black, and queer reception of the Bible



Film and television

Digital media

Female authors and readers

Higher Education policy


  • Victorian literature
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Literature and theology
  • Biblical reception
  • Emotions
  • Sexualities
  • Christian publishing
  • Female readers
  • Female authors
  • Film and TV
  • Digital media and cultures
  • Pornography and erotica

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community Social Sciences
Queerness Arts & Humanities
Victorian Era Arts & Humanities
empathy Social Sciences
Family Relations Arts & Humanities
Doctors Arts & Humanities
mobilization Social Sciences
mental health Social Sciences

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Research Output 2003 2020

Real, Visible, Here: Bisexual+ Visibility in Western Australia

Farquhar, M. & Dau, D., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Critical Social Policy.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

mental health

Gender and Sexuality

Dau, D., Nov 2019, The Routledge Companion to Victorian Literature. Denisoff, D. & Schaffer, T. (eds.). 1 ed. New York: Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

'Stronger than death’: The Song of Songs in Michael Field’s Poetry and Life-writing

Dau, D., 2019, In : Religion and Literature. 50, 1-2, p. 17-38 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Dau, D., 30 Aug 2018, In : Victorian Literature and Culture. 46, 3-4, p. 684-687 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Victorian Era

Projects 2013 2015


Visiting Fellowship

Duc Dau (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Other distinction


Press / Media

Fifty shades of erotica: how sex in literature went mainstream

Duc Dau


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

After Cate McGregor and Caitlyn Jenner, what now for trans rights?

Duc Dau


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Religion par excellence: can the Bible be useful to atheists?

Duc Dau


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media