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Danijela Kambaskovic-Sawers

Dr Danijela Kambaskovic

Governance Officer
Science, Faculty of

Contact details
Faculty of Science
The University of Western Australia (M082)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 4722
Room G.127, Faculty of Science (building 450)
BA MA Belgrade, PhD Macq.
Danijela Kambaskovic-Sawers (PhD, Macquarie, 2008; MA Belgrade, 2000; BA Hons Belgrade, 1994)is Assistant Professor, Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies, School of English and Cultural Studies, University of Western Australia, and an award winning poet.
Key research
Medieval and Renaissance studies
Renaissance lyrical poetry and drama
Religion and Reformation
History of Ideas
Literary theory
Genre history
Philosophy in literature
Feminist criticism
Australian literature
Creative writing

Kambaskovic-Sawers, Danijela, ed. Conjunctions: Body and Mind from Plato to Descartes, Springer (History of the Philosophy of Mind Series), forthcoming 2012

Kambaskovic-Sawers, Danijela, Constructing Sonnet Sequences in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance: A Study of Six Poets (Lewiston/Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2010)

Kambaskovic-Sawers, Danijela, A Short History of Australian Literature (Belgrade: Balkan Literary Herald, 2010)

Journal Articles

Kambaskovic-Sawers, Danijela, ”The Sonnet Sequence and the Charisma of Petrarchan Hatred”, AUMLA, Journal of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association, no. 113, May 2010

'Bugbears in Apollo's Cell': Metamorphoses of Character in Drayton's Idea and Daniel's Delia, Parergon, Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies 25.1 (2008)

"A good length with my short thread: The Ambiguous Poetics of Petrarch’s Il Canzoniere", Rivista di Studi Italiani (Review of Italian Studies) Anno XXIII, no 1 (Roma: Giugno /June 2005), backdated from March 2008)

"'Never was I the Golden Cloud': Ovidian myth, Ambiguous Speaker and the Narrative in the Sonnet Sequences by Petrarch, Sidney and Spenser", Renaissance Studies, Journal of the British Renaissance Society (Oxford: Blackwell), Vol. 21 No. 5 (November 2007): 637-61

"'Carved in Living Laurel': The Sonnet Sequence and Transformations of Idolatry", Renaissance Studies, Journal of the British Renaissance Society (Oxford: Blackwell), Vol 21 No. 3 (June 2007)

"'Three themes in one, which wondrous scope affords': Ambiguous Speaker and Storytelling in Shakespeare's Sonnets", Criticism (Detroit: Wayne State University, Summer 2007 (backdated from August 08), Vol 49 No. 3, 70-115

"Personalising Petrarch: Face to Face with a 14th Century Poet" in The Wolf Poetry Magazine, Vol 3, No. 6 (London, U.K: Spring 2004)

Refereed conference proceedings and book chapters

"'A satire to decay': Ovidian Myth and the Secret Rhetoric of Shakespeares Sonnets" in Rapt in Secret Studies edited by Laurie Johnson and Darryl Chalk (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010)

"Art and Authenticity in Shakespeare's Sonnets" in Art and Authenticity in Literature edited by Jan Lloyd-Jones and Julian Lamb (Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Press, 2010

Kambaskovic-Sawers, Danijela, “A good length with my short thread: Hubris And Anxiety in The Petrarchan Sonnet Sequence - the Birth of the Modern Writer”, in AUMLA, Journal of the Australasian Universities, Language and Literature Association), Refereed Proceedings of the 2009 AULLA Conference: The Human and the Humanities in Literature, Language and Culture, December 2009
Funding received
University of Western Australia Research Development Award 2010
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Macquarie University, Sydney, 2009 /ceded
Research Award in Areas and Centres of Excellence (RAACE) Scholar, Macquarie University and the Commonwealth of Australia, 2003-2007
Macquarie University Travel Fellowship, University of Toronto, Canada, 2007
Associate Investigator, ARC Centre for the History of Emotions 1100-1800
Member of the Editorial board, Parergon, Journal of the Australian New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS)
Vice-president, Australian New Zealand Shakespeare Association (ANZSA)
Honours and awards
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award 2010
Winner, David Campbell Memorial ACT Poetry Prize 2008
Previous positions
Course Coordinator, Shakespeare and Medieval Studies, Macquarie University and Open Universities Australia (2008-2010)
Visiting Scholar, School of Humanities, Australian National University 2007-2009
Assistant Manager, Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (2008-2009)
Assistant Director, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (2007-2008)
Honours, Masters and PhD supervision in any area of interdisciplinary study involving English literature of the early modern period (1200-1750)

Love and Hatred in the Early Modern Lyric

Shakespeare at the Movies
Shakespeare's Tragedies and Romances
Love and Death at the Renaissance
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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