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Willis, Ika Dr

Senior Lecturer

  • 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


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2017

    Published In
    Foucault Studies
    2016

    Published In
    Transformative Works and Cultures
    2016

    Published In
    The Conversation
    2016

    Published In
    Screening the Past
    2016

    Published In
    Transformative Works and Cultures
    2016

    Published In
    Parallax
    2015

    Published In
    Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History
    2014

    Published In
    Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History
    2014

    Published In
    Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies
    2011

    Published In
    Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History
    2011

    Published In
    Mosaic (Winnipeg, 1967): a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature
    2010

    Published In
    Cultural Critique: an international journal of cultural studies
     
    2007

    Published In
    Helios: a journal devoted to critical and methodological studies of classical culture, literature, and society
  • Book

    Year Title
    2018

    Publisher
    London
    2011

    Publisher
    London
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2017

    Published In
    A Handbook to the Reception of Classical Mythology
    Publisher
    Hoboken, United States
    2015

    Published In
    Jacqueline Wilson: A Casebook
    Publisher
    London
    2013

    Published In
    Classical Myth and Psychoanalysis: Ancient and Modern Stories of the Self
    Publisher
    Oxford
    2010

    Published In
    Derrida and Antiquity
    Publisher
    Oxford
    2010

    Published In
    The Origins of Deconstruction
    Publisher
    Basingstoke, UK
     
    2007

    Published In
    Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds
    Publisher
    Oxford
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2011

    Published In
    Concentrationary Imaginaries: Imaginaries of Violence International Conference
    2008

    Published In
    Writing in a Post-Derridean Era; VAXJO - 23-25 October Växjö University
    2007

    Published In
    Queer Space: Centres and Peripheries Conference at UTS

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
    Doctor of Philosophy Re-Imagining Women and Legitimating Whispers: Constructing An Australian Feminist Discourse Online Martin, Emily
    Doctor of Philosophy The Impossible Narrative: Re-coding Female Experiences of Sexual Assault in Visual Art Sundet, Dida
    Doctor of Philosophy What the Frack! Nerds, Power and Gender Campbell, Raewyn

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


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2017

    Published In
    Foucault Studies
    2016

    Published In
    Transformative Works and Cultures
    2016

    Published In
    The Conversation
    2016

    Published In
    Screening the Past
    2016

    Published In
    Transformative Works and Cultures
    2016

    Published In
    Parallax
    2015

    Published In
    Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History
    2014

    Published In
    Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History
    2014

    Published In
    Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies
    2011

    Published In
    Reception: Texts, Readers, Audiences, History
    2011

    Published In
    Mosaic (Winnipeg, 1967): a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature
    2010

    Published In
    Cultural Critique: an international journal of cultural studies
     
    2007

    Published In
    Helios: a journal devoted to critical and methodological studies of classical culture, literature, and society
  • Book

    Year Title
    2018

    Publisher
    London
    2011

    Publisher
    London
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2017

    Published In
    A Handbook to the Reception of Classical Mythology
    Publisher
    Hoboken, United States
    2015

    Published In
    Jacqueline Wilson: A Casebook
    Publisher
    London
    2013

    Published In
    Classical Myth and Psychoanalysis: Ancient and Modern Stories of the Self
    Publisher
    Oxford
    2010

    Published In
    Derrida and Antiquity
    Publisher
    Oxford
    2010

    Published In
    The Origins of Deconstruction
    Publisher
    Basingstoke, UK
     
    2007

    Published In
    Classics in Post-Colonial Worlds
    Publisher
    Oxford
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2011

    Published In
    Concentrationary Imaginaries: Imaginaries of Violence International Conference
    2008

    Published In
    Writing in a Post-Derridean Era; VAXJO - 23-25 October Växjö University
    2007

    Published In
    Queer Space: Centres and Peripheries Conference at UTS

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
    Doctor of Philosophy Re-Imagining Women and Legitimating Whispers: Constructing An Australian Feminist Discourse Online Martin, Emily
    Doctor of Philosophy The Impossible Narrative: Re-coding Female Experiences of Sexual Assault in Visual Art Sundet, Dida
    Doctor of Philosophy What the Frack! Nerds, Power and Gender Campbell, Raewyn
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