Ned Curthoys

Dr, BA PhD Syd.

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway, Room G.38, Arts Building, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Ned Curthoys joined the discipline of English and Cultural 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 early research focused on the revival of the humanist tradition of classical rhetoric in contemporary literary criticism, philosophy, and political theory. More recently he has researched and published on 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 discussed the fiction and political activism of Albert Camus in the context of the Algerian war. 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 on contemporary manifestations of the Bildungsroman or novel of education.

Roles and responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in English and Literary Studies

Honours Coordinator in English and Literary Studies

Deputy Head of Education (Curriculum) in the School of Humanities

Future research

Researching the critical and cultural legacy of Hannah Arendt's concept of the 'banality of evil' and its effects on the genre of the Bildungsroman.

Richard Rorty and pragmatism as a neo-humanism.

Ensuring the right to have rights in a world defined 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

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
ENGL4104 Cinema and Cultural Studies

Teaching Awards

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


Holocaust themed literature and film with a focus on the representation legacy of Arendt's notion of 'the banality of evil'; comparative literature studies with a focus on the work of Edward Said, Erich Auerbach, Leo Spitzer; the thought of Hannah Arendt; eighteenth century intellectual history, German Jewish studies from Moses Mendelssohn to Hannah Arendt; Jewish studies, Israel/Palestine; pragmatism, the Bildungsroman.


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Research expertise keywords

  • Hannah Arendt
  • Humanism
  • The Holocaust
  • Children And Young Adult Literature
  • Representation Of Violence
  • Postcolonial and diaspora studies
  • Literary and cinematic representations of the Holocaust
  • Critical theory
  • Literature and philosophy
  • Cinema
  • Eighteenth century and enlightenment studies
  • German and German Jewish studies
  • European intellectual history
  • Bildungsroman


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