Dr Amelia Dale

Lecturer in English
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Book History 470503
  • British And Irish Literature 470504
  • Print Culture 470528
  • Literary Studies 4705
  • Ecocriticism 470509

Research interests

Eighteenth-century literature and culture; gender and genre; book history; histories of the body; histories of the novel; histories of sexuality; quixotic narratives; women’s writing; Jane Austen; Romanticism; ecohistoricism; contemporary experimental writing


Dr Amelia Dale is a Lecturer in English at the Australian National University.  She has held positions at Nanjing University, SUIBE and the University of Sydney, where she received her PhD in eighteenth-century literature. Her research centres on eighteenth-century and Romantic literature and culture, with particular interests in book history, gender and genre, and histories of the body. Her monograph, The Printed Reader: Gender, Quixotism, and Textual Bodies in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Bucknell University Press, 2019), examines British adaptations of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote to argue that literature was envisaged as imprinting the reader’s mind, character, and body in gendered ways. It was short-listed for the British Association of Romanticism’s First Book Prize. Dr Dale is editor of The Shandean and interviews editor for the poetry journal Rabbit. Her work has been supported by the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the ARC Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions, Yale University Lewis Walpole Library and Chawton House.

Supervision requests for projects on eighteenth and early nineteenth-century Anglophone literature or contemporary experimental poetry are welcome.

Current student projects

Mary Wollstonecraft’s proto-feminist virtue ethics in Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Honours)

Past student projects

Jane Austen and Family Systems Theory (Honours, 2022)


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