Dr Deborah Pike
BA Hons 1 (UWA), Grad Cert Higher Education (Syd), PhD (Syd)
Senior Lecturer and Discipline Head in English Literature

Email: Deborah.Pike@nd.edu.au
Phone: 02 8204 4107

Deborah Pike is foundational lecturer and Discipline Head in English Literature at Notre Dame, Sydney. She is also a winner of the 2011 Vice Chancellor’s award in Teaching.

Deborah Pike has a first class Honours degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Western Australia, as well as a PhD in English from the University of Sydney.

Deborah’s research interests currently span three areas: 1) Literary Modernism; 2) Wellbeing Studies; and 3) Studies in English Literature as a discipline and its broad place in the humanities. She is co-editor of On Happiness (UWA Press 2015) and Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Play From Birth to Beyond. (Springer, 2015). She has also published in the areas of postcolonial studies, cultural studies and modernist literature and has numerous articles forthcoming, including on the work of modernist writer Katherine Mansfield.

In 2014, Deborah was visiting scholar at the University of Paris VII Denis-Diderot, where she researched the topic of the Humanities and wellbeing, with a particular focus on English literature.

Before coming to UNDA, Deborah lectured in English language and literature at the University of Paris VII and at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), when she also worked as editor at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Deborah has presented papers and seminars in Australia, Europe, the US and the UK. In addition to her intellectual pursuits, she has been employed in the media and publishing industries.
Teaching Areas
Deborah Pike teaches and convenes the following units: The Western Literary Tradition; World Literatures Today; Modernism and the Avant-Garde; The Uses and Abuses of Literary Theory; Freedom from Oppression; Drama in the Age of Shakespeare; Classical and Romantic Poetry, and Children’s Literature.
Research Expertise and Supervision
Deborah is available to supervise in the areas of Modernism, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century English and American Literature.


Research and engagement

(ed.) with C. Nelson & G. :Ledvinka, On Happiness: Crawley: UWA Publishing, 2015.

(ed). with S. Lynch & C.a’Beckett, Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Play: From Birth and Beyond. Melbourne: Springer Publishing, 2015.
Book Chapters
Politics and Bare Life in Yvonne Vera’s The Stone Virgins’. In P. Marks (Ed.).Literature and Politics: Pushing the World in Certain Directions (pp. 155-165). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

‘Objectless Love: The Vagabondage of Colette and Katherine Mansfield’ in Harvey, M. & Ailwood, S. (eds). Katherine Mansfield and Influence. Edinburgh: The University of Edinburgh Press, 2014 (forthcoming).

‘The Russian Way of Happiness: Choice, Love and Community.’ In ‘D.Pike, C. Nelson & G. Ledvinka (eds). On Happiness. Crawley, University of Western Australia Press, 2015 (forthcoming).

‘You Can Leave Your Hat On: Teaching Literature at University and the Playground of the Mind’ in S. Lynch, C. a’Beckett & D.Pike (eds). The State of Play: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Melbourne: Springer Publishing, 2015.
Journal Articles and Proceedings
‘Sharon’s Wall and the Dialectics of Inside/Outside’, Borderlands: New Spaces in the Humanities, Vol. 5 (3), 2006.

‘Love’s Reverberations’, The Australian Review of Public Affairs, June, 2003.

(ed).‘Curious Eyes: Sites and Scenes of Modernism,’ Colloquy: Text Theory Critique, Issue 4, 2000.
Conference Papers (selected)
‘Masquerading as Herself’: Desire, Selfhood and Modernity in Zelda Fitzgerald’s Magazine Fiction’. Modernism Now! British Association for Modernism Conference, Senate House, the University of London, 26-28 June 2014.

‘Playground of the Mind: Teaching Literature at University.’ Probing the Boundaries of Play. Oxford University, Mansfield College. 2-4 July 2013.

‘Insomnia, Waste and Melancholia’ in Samuel Beckett’s The Unnamable’, London Beckett Seminar, Birkbeck College, University of London, October 2011.

‘State of Play: Birth and Beyond.’ Reconceptualising Early Childhood Education. University of East London, October 2011.

‘Childhood Depression and the Picture Book: Shaun Tan’s The Red Tree.’ Visual Literacies, Oxford. University, Mansfield College, July 2010.

‘Vagabondage: Colette’s influence on Katherine Mansfield’. The Blooms Berries: Katherine Mansfield Studies Conference. Melbourne, RMIT University, June 2010.

‘Politics and Bare Life in Yvonne Vera’s The Stone Virgins.’ Australasian Association for Literature and Aesthetics. Sydney, the University of Sydney, June 2009.

‘Sharon’s Wall and the Dialectics of Inside/Outside’, Rhetoric, Politics, Ethics Conference. Ghent, Belgium, April 2005.

‘Letters from the Swiss Asylum: The Case of Zelda Fitzgerald.’ Modernist Studies Association Conference, Birmingham, January 2003.

In the Media

‘Mise en Seine’, The Diplomat, November, 2006.

‘What is This Thing Called Love?’ Australian Financial Review, 5 June, 2003
Professional Affiliations
Member of the Australian University Heads of English Group; member the Australian Modernist Studies Association; member of the British Association for Modernism; member of the Katherine Mansfield Society
  • 2012 Nominee, Office of Teaching and Learning Citation in Outstanding Teaching
  • 2011 Nominee, Australian Teaching and Learning Council Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2011 Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award Winner
  • 2009, 2010, Unijobs Lecturer of the Year top 5, UNDA
  • 2008 Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre Writer in Residence
  • 1999-2003 Australian Postgraduate Award University of Sydney
  • 2000 Winner: Kath O’Neil Travelling Fellowship