A/PROF Clara Tuite

A/PROF Clara Tuite


  • Romantic cultures in the nineteenth century
  • Sexuality in nineteenth-century British culture



  • Clara Tuite received her BA Honours degree from the Australian National University in 1988 and her PhD from the University of Sydney in 1996. She joined the University of Melbourne in 1997.

    She specializes in Romantic literature and cultural history, with a focus on the historical, cultural and social contexts of Romantic literature. Her research engages canonical British Romanticism from the perspectives of the history and theory of the literary institution, history of sexuality, affect and sociability. She has a particular expertise in the work of Jane Austen and Lord Byron. In addition, she has interests in queer literature and cultural history and nineteenth-century aestheticism and decadence.

    Her most recent book is Lord Byron and Scandalous Celebrity (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Her first monograph Romantic Austen: Sexual Politics and the Literary Canon (Cambridge University Press, 2002) was shortlisted for the MLA Prize for a First Book. She is currently working on a project on literary Romanticism and the media of romantic love (funded by the ARC 2012-2014). She has held research fellowships at the Rockefeller Center, Bellagio; Center for Urban Cultural History, University of Massachusetts, Boston; and Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University. She is Vice President of the Australasian Association of Literature.



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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Sydney 1996
  • BA (Hons), The Australian National University 1988



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Clara is available for supervision in the areas of Romanticism studies; eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature and cultural history (especially Jane Austen, Lord Byron, Maria Edgeworth, Caroline Lamb and Mary Wollstonecraft); nineteenth-century aestheticism and decadence (especially Henry James); historical fiction, queer literatures and cultural history.