Autumn Royal

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BA (Hons.) Literary Studies

PhD thesis title

Sexuality, the Verse Novel and Genre: A Creative Thesis with Exegesis

Thesis summary

Autumn’s research examines the interplay between form and genre in the work of Australian poet Dorothy Porter. Autumn focuses on Porter’s verse novels and the ways in which this form may be used to create new spaces for alternative expressions of female sexuality. A creative thesis engaging with the gothic genre and the verse novel form will provide a demonstration of how disrupting traditionally expected generic conventions in combination with a minority literary forms may subvert heteronormative representations of gender and sexuality within Australian culture.

Proposed completion date: February 2017


  • Professor David McCooey
  • Doctor Cassandra Atherton
  • Doctor Ann Vickery


  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs Postgraduate Prize 2012 for the paper ‘Flash-floods’: genre subversion and the abject erotic in Dorothy Porter’s The monkey’s mask and El Dorado.


Autumn Royal is a poet and PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Deakin University. Autumn’s writing has appeared in publications such as Cordite Poetry Review, Rabbit Poetry Journal, Mascara Literary Review, Powder Keg and TEXT Journal. In 2012 Autumn was the recipient of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference Paper Prize. Autumn is a tutor in Professional and Creative Writing at Deakin University.



Autumn Royal Attends Eileen Myles Reading at The Wheeler Centre – July 2016

CHGR’s Autumn Royal Speaking at The School of Life – April 2016

Autumn Royal’s ‘She Woke & Rose’ Poetry Collection – Upcoming Release

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