Teaching and Research Staff

Dr Suzie Gibson

PhD (University of Queensland) BA Honours (First Class, University of Sydney)

Senior Lecturer in English
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Dr Suzie Gibson teaches nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first-century English, American, and Australian literature, as well as Screen Studies. Her research analyses the resonances and differences between texts, disciplines, and writers. She is trained in feminist and critical theory, and her publishing covers a variety of textual forms and themes, including traditional and experimental forms of literature and philosophy.


  • Professional Writing
  • Media and Culture
  • Australian Literature
  • English Literature
  • Film and Cultural Studies
  • Critical Theory

Research Interests

  • Secrecy and Phenomenology
  • Literature including the writings of Henry James, J.M. Coetzee, Marcus Clarke, and Samuel Beckett
  • Philosophy including the thought of Jacques Derrida, Søren Kierkegaard and Merleau-Ponty
  • Ethics and its relationship to both Literature and Philosophy
  • Popular Culture including the figure of James Bond
  • Women's writing and friendship

Refereed Journal Articles

Refereed Book Chapters

  • Gibson, S. (2020). Black Mirror and Jorge Luis Borges’s concept of the Infinite Finite. Digital Dystopia: The Moral Uncanny of Netflix’s Black Mirror. Palgrave Macmillan. (forthcoming)
  • Gibson, S. (2020). Landscape within landscape: The intertwining of the visible and the invisible in Gerald Murnane and Henry James. Gerald Murnane: Another world in this one. Sydney Studies in Australian literature. Uhlmann, A. (ed). Sydney University Press, pp. 103-118.
  • Gibson, S. (2016). Love, Marriage and Dialectics in the Novels of Jane Austen. Jane Austen and Philosophy. Edited by Mimi Marinucci, Rowan and Littlefield: London, Chapter 3, 27-38.
  • Gibson, S. (2016). Batman is Superman. Superman, Batman and Philosophy. Edited by Nicolas Michaud, Open Court: Chicago, 235-245.
  • Gibson, S. (2014). Henry James's Vocabulary in The Ambassadors. Victorian Vocabularies E-Book. Macquarie Lighthouse Press: Macquarie University, 154-165.
  • Gibson, S. (2009). Being Irresponsible in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace. Literature and Ethics: Questions of Responsibility in Literary Studies, Edited by D. Jernigan, N. Murphy, B. Quigley, T. Wagner, Amherst, New York: Cambria Press, 285-303.
  • Gibson, S. (2009). 'Toward and Ethics of Sensation in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace,' Literature and Sensation. Edited by Anthony Uhlmann, Helen Groth, Paul Sheehan and Stephen McLaren, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 184-193.
  • Gibson, S. (2006). Bond and Phenomenology: Shaken not Stirred. James Bond and Philosophy: Questions Are Forever, Edited by Jacob M. Held and James B. South, Chicago: Open Court, 49-62.
  • Gibson, S. (2004). 'The Work, The Neutral and The Unnamable,' After Beckett/D'aprés Beckett, Edited by/Edité par Anthony Uhlmann, Sjef Houppermans, Bruno Clément, Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourdh'ui 14, Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 293-305.

Other Articles and Essays


Refereed Conference Papers

  • Gibson, S. (2019). The Contemporary Relevance of Gillian Rose’s Concept of The Broken Middle. Historical Materialism Melbourne: No Middle Ground: From Flickers to Hope to Flames of Resistance, Melbourne, December 7-8.
  • Gibson, S. (2018). The Unbridled Enthusiasm of Conspiracy Theory. Seminar presentation for Western Sydney University’s Writing and Society Research Group, May 18.
  • Gibson, S. (2017) What Lies Between. Another World in this One: Gerald Murnane's Fiction. 'Other Worlds: Forms of World Literature: ARC Project, University of Adelaide and Western Sydney University, 7 December.
  • Gibson, S. (2015). The Power, Passion and Politics of Randolph Stow's To the Islands. The Power and the Passion: Contemporary Australian Literature and Politics, Association for the Study of Australian Literature Conference, University of New England, 11-13 February.
  • Gibson, S. (2012). Henry James's Vocabulary. Victorian Vocabularies Conference, Australian Victorian Studies Association, Griffith University Brisbane, 11-14 April.
  • Gibson, S. (2011). Translation, Mediation, and Difficulty in Henry James's The Turn of the Screw. Literature and Translation Conference, Melbourne, 11-12 July.
  • Gibson, S. (2009). Thinking Embodiment in J.M. Coetzee's Elizabeth Costello. Minding Animals Conference, Civic Precinct, Newcastle, 13-18 July.
  • Gibson, S. (2007). Love, Mourning and its Hospitalities in Henry James's The Wings of the Dove. Mourning and its Hospitalities | (after…), A Three-Day International Conference on Literature, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 18-20 July.
  • Gibson, S. (2007). Ethics and Sensation in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace. Literature and Sensation Conference, Australasian Association for Literature, Sydney, 12-13 July.
  • Gibson, S. (2006). Ethics, Difficulty and Irresponsibility in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace. Inaugural English Literature Conference: Irresponsibility, Division of English, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore, 28-30 September.
  • Gibson, S. (2005). James's Venice: The Great Waiting-Room of Europe. Tracing Henry James, An International Conference of the Henry James Society, Venice International University, 12-15 July.
  • Gibson, S. (2004). The Politics of Female Friendship in Henry James's Late Novels. Politics of Friendship Conference, Monash University and the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King's College London, 9-10 September.
  • Gibson, S. (2003). The Work, the Neutral and The Unnamable. After Beckett/d'après Beckett Conference, The University of Western Sydney, 6-9 January.

Radio and Film Interviews

  • 2020: Invited Guest Speaker on my Oz Gothic Conversation article for Perth’s ABC radio. Producer, Peter Barr.
  • 2016: Invited to speak on the UTS radio station 2SER 107.3 discussing my Conversation article: 'How The Bachelor turns Women into Misogynists.
  • 2016: Invited to speak with Luke Michael on SYN Nation 90.7 Panorama radio program on 'How the Bachelor Turns Women into Misogynists.' http://syn.org.au/does-the-bachelor-turn-women-into-misogynists
  • 2016: Invited guest speaker on Western Australian ABC Radio where my Conversation article on the 25th anniversary of Oliver Stone's film JFK was discussed with host Barry Nicolls.
  • 2014: Invited guest speaker for 6PR, a Perth based radio station owned by Fairfax media, discussing with Gemma Tognini my Conversation article on gift-giving rituals (Tuesday December 23rd).
  • 2014: Invited guest speaker for Melbourne's 3AW radio station where I the complexities of gift giving was discussed on 'The Weekend Break' program (Saturday December 20th).
  • 2012: Invited filmed Interview with The Sydney Morning Herald discussing my research into James Bond as the film Skyfall was released marking

Newspaper Articles

  • Gibson, S. (2019). Open letter to the editor in response to the bushfires: ‘A time for hope as we look to an uncertain future,’ The Western Advocate, November 26: https://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/6510320/letter-to-the-editor-a-time-for-hope-as-we-look-to-an-uncertain-future/
  • Gibson, S. (2019). Never ending 80s takes us to a musical trip back to the future: Nostalgia experienced as a music phenomenon can never be underestimated. The Western Advocate, November 6: https://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/6476941/never-ending-80s-takes-us-on-a-musical-trip-back-to-the-future/
  • Gibson, S. (2018). Program at CSU helps students play by the rules. The Western Advocate, March 7: https://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/5264329/program-at-csu-helps-students-play-by-the-rules/
  • Gibson, S. (2015): Innovative interpretation of tragedy, The Western Advocate, Bathurst, NSW Australia.
  • Gibson, S. (2015). Adam Deusien, Associate lecturer at Charles Sturt, Western Advocate, NSW, p.27.
  • Gibson, S (2014): Educating and Inspiring Youth, The Western Advocate, Bathurst, NSW Australia.
  • Gibson, S 2014: Capturing a Buchman's True Grit, The Western Advocate, Bathurst, NSW Australia.
  • Gibson, S (2014): Telling the story of a smuggler, The Western Advocate, Bathurst, NSW Australia.
  • Gibson, S (2014): A story of survival and determination, Bathurst Western Times, NSW, Australia.
  • Gibson, S (2014): Rare insights at university forum, The Western Advocate, Bathurst, NSW Australia.
  • Gibson, S. (2014). One of Australia's best- selling authors will be in Bathurst, Western Advocate, NSW, p. 7.
  • Gibson, S. (2014). Professor Peter McNeil Delighted the Bathurst Community. Western Advocate, NSW, p. 17.


  • 2012: Australian Book Review Ian Potter Fellowship Contender
  • 2011: UQ Teaching Excellence Acknowledgement for Inspiring Students
  • 2009: National Finalist for 'Lecturer of the Year' Award
  • 2008: Nominated for a University of New England Teaching Award
  • 2006: UNE Teaching and Learning Development Grant
  • 2005: UNE International Conference Travel Grant
  • 2004: UNE Faculty of Arts Early Career Research Grant
  • 2003: UNE Faculty of Arts Early Career Research Grant
  • 2002: Doctoral Thesis Recommended on the University of Queensland's Dean's List
  • 1993-1996: Australian Postgraduate Research Award

Completed PhD Supervisions

  • 2019: Antony Stephenson, Thesis Title: “Kinds of Blue: The Representation of Australian Police and Policing in Television Drama and Reality Television.” (Principal supervisor with Dr Lachlan Brown as co-supervisor)
  • 2015: Ted Beardow, Thesis Title: “Heroism in the Fiction of Leslie Charteris.” Second Supervisor at the University of New England. (Co-supervised with Dr. Jennifer McDonell)

Current Supervisions

  • 2020: Silvia Wistuba, Working thesis title: “Unearthing the history of the Malweiber: how the past resonates with the present.” (Co-supervising with Dr Sam Bowker)
  • 2020: Connor Weightman, Working thesis title: “Totalising representation for totalising problems: A petropoety suite.” (Co-supervising with Dr Lachlan Brown)

Other supervisions

  • 2003-2009: During my 6-year employment at the University of New England I successfully supervised countless Honours theses, and also acted in the capacity of being a principal supervisor for PhD and Masters degree candidates.

Thesis Examinations

  • 2015: External Examiner for a Master of Philosophy in Creative Writing, The Thesis was undertaken through the University of Newcastle, Thesis title: 'Living Like Common People'.
  • 2015: External Examiner for a Master of Philosophy in Creative Writing, The Thesis was undertaken through the University of Newcastle Thesis title: 'Relative Strangers'.

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