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

    6009 Perth


Personal profile


Ned Curthoys joined the discipline of English and Literary Studies at UWA in January 2014. His research areas for HDR supervision include the Bildungsroman and coming of age narratives, historical fiction, postcolonial literature and theory, Jewish studies, Holocaust studies and Holocaust themed literature, graphic novels as forms of political witnessing, 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 an 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 recently published monograph, The Bildungsroman in a Genocidal Age (Bloomsbury, 2024) examines 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.

Ex officio member of the School of Humanities Research and Research Training Commitee.

Associate Editor of the journal Arendt Studies

Future research

How education, research findings, historiographical debates are encoded in literary texts.

Deliberation, judgment and its literary and cinematic representation.


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-

Advisor Editorial Board, Limina journal: 2017-

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 interests

Ned is available to supervise in areas such as:

The Bildungsroman and coming of age narratives

Holocaust themed literature and film

Contemporary historical fiction

Postcolonial literature and theory

The work of Hannah Arendt

Graphic novels 

Representations of Israel/Palestine




Reads German and French

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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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