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Lecturer and Tutor in English and Creative Writing, University of Adelaide

Dr Madeleine Seys is a sessional lecturer and tutor in the Department of English and Creative Writing and an affiliate member of the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender at the University of Adelaide. She hold the title of John Howard Clark Scholar 2014. She teaches Victorian literature and social and cultural history in the Department. Her doctoral thesis explored the use of dress to fashion femininity and female sexuality and to tell the woman’s story in Victorian popular literature. The project combines her research interests in the narrative and generic conventions of Victorian popular literature, gender and sexuality, fashion and textile history, and material culture. Madeleine is Costume Curator at the National Trust of South Australia’s Ayers House Museum. Her research interests also include museology and museum curatorship, in particular, the use of costume and textiles in museum displays.


  • 2009–present
    Costume Curator, Ayers House Museum, National Trust of South Australia
  • 2015–present
    Sessional Lecturer and Tutor in Department of English and Creative Writing, The University of Adelaide
  • 2011–2015
    PhD Candidate and Tutor in Discipline of English and Creative Writing, The University of Adelaide


  • 2015 
    The University of Adelaide, PhD
  • 2010 
    The University of Adelaide, First Class Honours in English
  • 2009 
    The University of Adelaide, Bachelor of Arts


  • 2014
    ‘Re-Visiting the Victorian Subject.’, Changing the Victorian Subject
  • 2014
    ‘The Scenery and Dresses of Her Dreams: Reading and Reflecting (on) the Victorian Heroine in M. E. Braddon’s The Doctor’s Wife’. , Changing the Victorian Subject