19th Century Studies Unit Guest Lecture Series: Dr. Duc Dau (University of Western Australia): “Love is God”: The Song of Songs in the work of Charlotte Brontë and Thomas Hardy

Events — Public Seminar Online
8 February 2021, 12:00

Duc Dau: "Love is God": The Song of Songs in the work of Charlotte Brontë and Thomas Hardy

This talk is the first in our series this semester. It will take place on MS Teams and a link will be sent to everyone who registers. Please indicate below if you would like to receive invitations for the other talks in the series.


I specialise in literature, screen media, digital media, and activism research. In literature, I specialise in biblical reception, literature and theology, and gender and sexuality from the nineteenth century onwards. In screen media, my research focuses on queer film and TV. In digital media, I look at social justice, COVID-19, and disability. In activism research, I have a special interest in the history of bisexual activism.

Author of Touching God: Hopkins and Love (2012) and Gender, Sexuality, and the Song of Songs in Victorian Literature and Culture (under contract), and co-editor of Queer Victorian Families: Curious Relations in Literature (2015), my articles have appeared in such journals as Critical Social Policy, Australian Literary Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian Poetry, Religion and Literature, and Literature and Theology.

I was most recently a Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at UWA, where I worked on an ARC-funded project exploring the reception of queer Australian film and television (CI Rob Cover).

I also specialise in improving systems in higher education. I have written policy reports on research-informed teaching and am the lead author of a research report about the LGBTIQA+ student experience at UWA. The resultant report is the first of its kind in Australia and includes recommendations to UWA and the Student Guild to improve LGBTIQA+ student inclusion.

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Event contact: elizabeth.ludlow@aru.ac.uk

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