Dr Sharon Bickle


Dr Sharon Bickle
NameDr Sharon Bickle
Email Addresssharon.bickle@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleLecturer (English Literature)
QualificationsBA Qld, PGDipEd Qld, PGDipEngl Melb, MA Qld, PhD Monash
DepartmentSchool of Humanities and Communication
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7151-3733
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Biography

Dr Sharon Bickle's research interests focus upon women's writing (particularly poetry, verse drama and life-writings) and the construction of subjectivity in nineteenth-century literature. Her most influential publication is The Fowl and the Pussycat: Love Letters of Michael Field (1876-1909) which contains the annotated love letters of two late-Victorian women who wrote collaboratively under the pseudonym "Michael Field." She is currently working on a new book project, a co-authored biography of Michael Field as well as journal articles on Young Adult Literature and on Oscar Wilde, as well as contributing to the digital humanities project, The Diaries of Michael Field.

Sharon is a past Vice President of AWGSA (Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association) and serves as consulting editor for The Latchkey: a Journal of New Woman Literature, as well as being on the editorial board of Hecate and Australian Women's Book Review.

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Lecturer, English LiteratureUniversity of Southern Queensland2014
Undergraduate Program DirectorUniversity of Southern Queensland2021

Expertise

Late-Victorian Literature, Women's Writing, Victorian poetry, Michael Field, NeoVictorian and Steampunk fiction, Young Adult Literature, Feminist and Queer theory.

Teaching

ENL1000 Introduction to Literature

ENL2006 Literature for Young Adults

ENL2010 Fantastic Fiction: From the Gothic to Speculative Literature

Fields of Research

  • 440501. Feminist and queer theory
  • 440503. Feminist theory
  • 440509. Women's studies (incl. girls' studies)
  • 440599. Gender studies not elsewhere classified
  • 470208. Culture, representation and identity
  • 470214. Screen and media culture
  • 470299. Cultural studies not elsewhere classified
  • 470503. Book history
  • 470504. British and Irish literature
  • 470508. Digital literature
  • 470531. Young adult literature
  • 470599. Literary studies not elsewhere classified

Professional Membership

Professional MembershipYear
Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)
Australasian Victorian Studies Association (AVSA)
BA
Qld
1986
PGDipEd
Qld
1987
PGDipEngl
Melb
1993
MA
Qld
1997
PhD
Monash
2004

Supervision Interests

Feminism and Gender Studies, Women's writing, Victorian Literature, Victorian period, poetry, young adult literature, steampunk.

Current Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCommenced
Self in the Making: Virginia Woolf's Plastic SubjectsPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2023
The Governors' Wives Queensland 1859 to 1901Associate SupervisorDoctoral2023
An Ideological Analysis of AddisonAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2023
The LIfe, Loves and Exploits of Ellen Quinn Kelly (1832 - 1923)Associate SupervisorDoctoral2022
The Pony Book 'Heroine' in Children's Equine Fiction 1930 to 1990: A Critical Discourse AnalysisAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2022
Gender as Genre: Feminizing the Western FrontierAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2024
The Cultural Representation and Mediation of Post-war Japan by American Japanophiles and AesthetesAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2023
SELF IN THE MAKING: VIRGINIA WOOLF'S PLASTIC SUBJECTSPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2023
Effects of the Scottish Highland Clearances on migrant dispersion in Australia in the 18th and 19th Century, and what this means for cultural diversity in contemporary societyAssociate SupervisorMasters2023
The Governors' Wives - Queensland, 1859 to 1901Associate SupervisorDoctoral2023
THE LIFE, LOVES AND EXPLOITS OF ELLEN QUINN KELLY (1832 ¿ 1923)Associate SupervisorDoctoral2022
The Pony Book 'Heroine' in Children's Equine Fiction 1930 to 1990: A Critical Discourse AnalysisAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2022
Cross-cultural communication: The translation of Australian childrens literature for Korean child readersPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2021

Completed Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCompleted
Re-Forming Faith: Idolatry and the Victorian NovelPrincipalDoctoral2020
Re-forming faith: Idolatry in the Victorian novelPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2019

Edith Cooper’s Sin: Mapping the Willful Bodies of Michael Field

Bickle, Sharon. 2022. "Edith Cooper’s Sin: Mapping the Willful Bodies of Michael Field." Ayres, Brenda and Maier, Sarah E. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Victorian Scandals in Literature and Culture. United States. Routledge. pp. 425-437

Tsiolkas in the Classroom: Confronting Our Discomfort

Gildersleeve, Jessica, Cantrell, Kate, Prowse, Nycole, Bickle, Sharon and Bryce, India. 2021. "Tsiolkas in the Classroom: Confronting Our Discomfort." Antipodes. 35 (1-2), pp. 83-101.

Cat in a Spat: Scrapping Dr Seuss Books is Not Cancel Culture

Cantrell, Kate and Bickle, Sharon. 2021. "Cat in a Spat: Scrapping Dr Seuss Books is Not Cancel Culture." The Conversation. 4 March 2021, pp. 1-6.

I 'Believe in Willie Hughes': The Portrait of Mr W.H.

Bickle, Sharon and Heneghan, Marie. 2019. "I 'Believe in Willie Hughes': The Portrait of Mr W.H." Roden, Frederick S. (ed.) Critical Insights: Oscar Wilde. Amenia, United States. Grey House Publishing (publisher for Salem Press). pp. 160-172

Love, forgery and strange desires: textual editing as research practice

Bickle, Sharon. 2019. "Love, forgery and strange desires: textual editing as research practice." Baker, Dallas John, Brien, Donna Lee and Webb, Jen (ed.) Publishing and culture. Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 139-153

The Book of Revelation: othering the centre

McWilliam, Kelly and Bickle, Sharon. 2019. "The Book of Revelation: othering the centre." McWilliam, Kelly (ed.) Ana Kokkinos: an oeuvre of outsiders. Edinburgh, United kingdom. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 64-80

Re-imagining the rape-revenge genre: Ana Kokkinos’ The book of revelation

McWilliam, Kelly and Bickle, Sharon. 2017. "Re-imagining the rape-revenge genre: Ana Kokkinos’ The book of revelation." Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. 31 (5), pp. 706-713. https://doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2017.1315928

Digital storytelling and the ‘problem’ of sentimentality

McWilliam, Kelly and Bickle, Sharon. 2017. "Digital storytelling and the ‘problem’ of sentimentality." Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources. 165 (1), pp. 77-89. https://doi.org/10.1177/1329878X17726626

Living 'wilfully': the same-sex marriage ceremony of 'Michael Field' by the Smutt River

Bickle, Sharon. 2016. "Living 'wilfully': the same-sex marriage ceremony of 'Michael Field' by the Smutt River." Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation. 41 (1/2), pp. 116-128.

Twisting Dickens: modding childhood for the steampunk marketplace in Cory Doctorow's 'Clockwork Fagin' (2011)

Bickle, Sharon A.. 2013. "Twisting Dickens: modding childhood for the steampunk marketplace in Cory Doctorow's 'Clockwork Fagin' (2011)." Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies. 18 (3), pp. 58-71.

The fierce earth: 'Michael Field's' pagan politics

Bickle, Sharon. 2013. "The fierce earth: 'Michael Field's' pagan politics." Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation. 38 (1/2), pp. 78-90.

Disability and gender in the visual field: seeing the subterranean lives of Michael Field's William Rufus (1885)

Bickle, Sharon. 2012. "Disability and gender in the visual field: seeing the subterranean lives of Michael Field's William Rufus (1885)." Victorian Literature and Culture. 40 (1), pp. 137-152. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1060150311000283

Victorian Maenads: on Michael Field's Callirrhoe and being driven mad

Bickle, Sharon. 2010. "Victorian Maenads: on Michael Field's Callirrhoe and being driven mad." The Michaelian.

Review: Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England, by Sharon Marcus

Bickle, Sharon. 2010. "Review: Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England, by Sharon Marcus ." Nineteenth-Century Literature (Berkeley). 65 (1), pp. 127-130. https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2010.65.1.127

The fowl and the pussycat: Love letters of Michael Field, 1876-1909

Bickle, Sharon A. and Field, Michael. 2008. The fowl and the pussycat: Love letters of Michael Field, 1876-1909. Charlottesville, United States. University of Virginia Press.

Finding love in the archives: editing the 'lost' love letters of 'Michael Field'

Bickle, Sharon. 2008. "Finding love in the archives: editing the 'lost' love letters of 'Michael Field'." Smith, Thomas R. (ed.) Lifewriting annual: Biographical and autobiographical studies. New York. AMS Press, Inc.. pp. 73-91

Rethinking Michael Field: The case for the Bodleian letters

Bickle, Sharon A.. 2007. "Rethinking Michael Field: The case for the Bodleian letters." Stetz, Margaret and Wilson, Cheryl A. (ed.) Michael Field and Their World. United Kingdom. Rivendale Press. pp. 39-47

'Kick [ing] against the pricks': Michael Field's Brutus Ultor as manifesto for the 'new woman'

Bickle, Sharon A.. 2006. "'Kick [ing] against the pricks': Michael Field's Brutus Ultor as manifesto for the 'new woman'." Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film. 33 (2), pp. 12-29. https://doi.org/10.7227/NCTF.33.2.3

Slavery, illusion and dead white men: Zadie Smith’s The Fraud explodes the historical novel

Bickle, Sharon. 2023. "Slavery, illusion and dead white men: Zadie Smith’s The Fraud explodes the historical novel." The Conversation.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula: bats, garlic, disturbing sexualities and a declining empire

Bickle, S.. 2023. "Bram Stoker’s Dracula: bats, garlic, disturbing sexualities and a declining empire." The Conversation.

Michael Field: Decadent Moderns

Bickle, Sharon. 2023. "Michael Field: Decadent Moderns." Nineteenth-Century Contexts: an interdisciplinary journal. 45 (2), pp. 210-213. https://doi.org/10.1080/08905495.2023.2195599