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Willis, Ika A/Prof

Head of School, Humanities and Social Inquiry

  • Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Colloquium for Research into Texts, Identities and Cultures
  • School of the Arts, English and Media

Overview


Ika came to Wollongong in 2013 after seven years as Lecturer in Reception at the University of Bristol in the UK. Her research interests are mainly in literary theory, including post-structuralism, semiotics and deconstruction, and feminist, queer and trans theory. She is especially interested in reception theory – how readers make sense of texts, but also how we appropriate, rewrite and remix them for our own purposes. She especially likes making connections between texts widely separate in time and/or genre, and has written and published on texts from Virgil’s Aeneid and Dante’s Divine Comedy through Melissa Lukashenko’s Hard Yards to Xena: Warrior Princess and contemporary fan fiction.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • I work in the field of reception study - how people receive, read, and use (literary) texts - with a particular focus on theory, critical philology, and reception as a transformative/ creative practice. I'm interested in reading as a crossing point between the intensely personal (the ways in which we relate texts to our worlds and our lives) and the intensely political/public (the ways in which our cultural, institutional, and social contexts make different modes of reading available for different people at different times). I am currently completing a book entitled Reception for Routledge's New Critical Idiom series.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Literary theory

    Reception, reading, interpretation

    Fan fiction

    Feminist and queer theory

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy "Make Them Laugh, and They're Not Afraid': the 'Love of the Monster' Narrative in Terry Pratchett's Discworld" Soulsby, Samson
    Master of Philosophy - ASSH Queer Catholics as Living Human Documents: Henri J.M. Nouwen, Self-availability and the Therapeutic Turn in Dutch Catholicism Bewley, Philip
    Doctor of Philosophy The 'Impossible Narrative': Re-coding Women's Experiences of Sexual Assault in Visual Art Sundet, Dida
    Master of Research - ASSH Cross-Cultural Reception in the Western Yuri Fandom: Assimilationist and Transcultural Readings Altmann, Dale
    Doctor of Philosophy Australian Readers and Mental Health Parke, Edsel
    Doctor of Philosophy The Sex Is Unreal: The Intersection Between Queer Romance and Interactive Digital Narrative Rouse, Lucy

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • I work in the field of reception study - how people receive, read, and use (literary) texts - with a particular focus on theory, critical philology, and reception as a transformative/ creative practice. I'm interested in reading as a crossing point between the intensely personal (the ways in which we relate texts to our worlds and our lives) and the intensely political/public (the ways in which our cultural, institutional, and social contexts make different modes of reading available for different people at different times). I am currently completing a book entitled Reception for Routledge's New Critical Idiom series.

Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


  • Literary theory

    Reception, reading, interpretation

    Fan fiction

    Feminist and queer theory

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy "Make Them Laugh, and They're Not Afraid': the 'Love of the Monster' Narrative in Terry Pratchett's Discworld" Soulsby, Samson
    Master of Philosophy - ASSH Queer Catholics as Living Human Documents: Henri J.M. Nouwen, Self-availability and the Therapeutic Turn in Dutch Catholicism Bewley, Philip
    Doctor of Philosophy The 'Impossible Narrative': Re-coding Women's Experiences of Sexual Assault in Visual Art Sundet, Dida
    Master of Research - ASSH Cross-Cultural Reception in the Western Yuri Fandom: Assimilationist and Transcultural Readings Altmann, Dale
    Doctor of Philosophy Australian Readers and Mental Health Parke, Edsel
    Doctor of Philosophy The Sex Is Unreal: The Intersection Between Queer Romance and Interactive Digital Narrative Rouse, Lucy
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