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

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Ned Curthoys joined the discipline of English and Literary Studies at UWA in January 2014. Previously he was a research fellow in the School of Cultural Inquiry and an ARC post-doctoral fellow in the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, at the ANU. His research areas include historical fiction, postcolonial literature and theory, Holocaust studies and Holocaust themed literature, narrative theory and unreliable narrative, and the work of neo-humanist scholars such as Hannah Arendt, Ernst Cassirer, and Edward Said. He has also published on German Jewish literature and philosophy from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries and has in interest in Enlightenment studies and intellectual history. His monograph The Legacy of Liberal Judaism: Ernst Cassirer and Hannah Arendt's Hidden Conversation was published by Berghahn Books in September 2013. A paperback edition appeared in 2016. His current project is a monograph examining how the  Bildungsroman or novel of self-formation has shaped contemporary historical fiction about WWII and the Holocaust.

Roles and responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in English and Literary Studies

Graduate Research Coordinator in the School of Humanities

English and Literary Studies representative on the School of Humanities Learning and Teaching Committee.

Future research

Researching the critical and cultural legacy of Hannah Arendt's concept of the 'banality of evil'.

Deliberation, judgment and its literary and cinematic representation.

Ensuring the right to have rights in a world beset by statelessness and human trafficking.

Funding overview

ARC Discovery (with APD), ‘Hannah Arendt, Émigré Intellectuals, and the Ethos of World Literature’ [DP0666225], $233,580, 2006-2009.

FABLE Research Accelerator Scheme pilot award, 'Ensuring the Right to have rights' interdisciplinary research project. $20,000, 2018.

Previous positions

Advisory Editorial Board, Australian Humanities Review: 2010-

Consulting Editor, Arendt Studies: March 2021- (now Associate Editor)

Teaching overview

Courses Taught

ENGL2200 Jane Austen and her Legacy
ENGL 1401 Page and Screen
ENGL 1000 Global Literatures
ENGL 2401 Meaning and the Moving Image
ENGL2704 Transcultural Literatures
ENGL 3301 The European Individual

ENGL4102 Methodologies
ENGL4104 Cinema and Cultural Studies

Teaching Awards

FABLE Teaching Awards 2019: Excellence in Teaching in the category of Lecturers.

Research

Holocaust themed literature and film

Contemporary Historical Fiction

Postcolonial literature and theory

Hannah Arendt

Graphic novels 

Israel/Palestine

the Bildungsroman

Richard Rorty and pragmatism

 

Languages

Read German and French

Research expertise keywords

  • Hannah Arendt
  • The Holocaust
  • Postcolonial and diaspora studies
  • Literary and cinematic representations of the Holocaust
  • Critical theory
  • Cinema
  • Eighteenth century and enlightenment studies
  • German and German Jewish studies
  • The Bildungsroman

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