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Researcher & Educator, University of Newcastle

Cody Reynolds is a writer and academic based in Sydney NSW. He is Head of English at Moriah College in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, and continues research in cognitive literary theory with The University of Newcastle. Cody has written for The Conversation, The Sydney Morning Herald and has had his writing translated for The Big Issue Japan. He has made academic appearances on ABC Radio National and Vision 2SER and presented at universities in Boston, London, Amsterdam, Sydney & Perth. In 2020 Cody was awarded the Ikara-Flinders Ranges Scholarship for his doctoral study investigating the oblique communication structures of Indigenous identity trauma.

Cody’s primary research examines the relationship between non-realist literature and the representation of chronic pathological memory. This work has lead to speaking invitations from the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics & Writers and the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, as well as a collaboration in undergraduate medical education with the Association of Health Humanities. Cody has drawn from the cultural findings of his major project to conduct concurrent investigations on curriculum diversity in secondary learning. He gained significant attention for his study on the attitudinal gender bias of single-sex education and its impact on English curriculum practice, reaching over 40 000 readers in the week following publication.

In addition to his primary focus, Cody has academic interests in the poetics of cinematic horror, the cultural privilege of magical realism, and the ethics of queer obscenity. He has presented on these topics in various forums, and continues to find fascinating connections between seemingly divergent fields of scholarship. Cody is writing his first novel as a case study for his ongoing research, and recently completed a textbook chapter on the psychopathology of 'Batman' villain, The Riddler.


  • –present
    PhD Student, University of Newcastle