Dr Jane O'Sullivan

Adjunct Senior Lecturer - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Jane O'Sullivan


BA (Syd), PhD, DipEd (N'cle NSW)

Research Interests

Jane O'Sullivan's research is informed by the concerns and approaches of Critical Animal Studies, Film Studies and Gender Studies.  She has a particular interest in writing creative nonfiction, with an emphasis on the processes of moving between visual and written forms.  Her research and teaching in areas related to the field of Critical Animal Studies focus on representations of animals in film and television and their presence in zoos and popular culture more widely.  In addition, she has a particular interest in gendered power relations and their representation in film, theatre, and prose, with particular attention to female embodiment, gender equity in contemporary workplaces, and masculinities in Australian film.  She is a member of the School of Arts Post-Human Literary and Cultural Studies research group.


O'Sullivan, Jane (2014) "Mixed Media: Moving between painting and writing" in Creative Manoeuvres: Making, Saying, Being – Refereed proceedings of the Australian Association of Writing Programs 18th Annual Conference (25-27 November 2013) – an article on the pedagogical possibilities of using painting as a way into writing about the cultural experiences of horses.

O'Sullivan, Jane (2014) "Loaded Dogs: Dogs, Domesticity and 'The wild' in Australian Cinema" in Cinematic Canines: Dogs and Their Work in the Fiction Film Ed. Adrienne l. McLean, Rutgers University Press, pp. 143-157

O'Sullivan, Jane (2013) "Zoo-illogical Exhibition" in Animal Studies Journal, 2(2), 2013, 91-98 – a creative nonfiction article combining photographs and written commentaries concerned with the circumstances of selected animals in zoos.

O'Sullivan, Jane (2013) "Picturing the Pig in Pork and Porky" in Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, Issue 25 – 2013, pp. 46-49  
ISSN 1756-9575 – a painting, and a discussion of the process of moving between painting and writing about representations of pigs, especially in films.

Sheridan, A. & O'Sullivan, J. (2013) "'Fact' and 'fiction': enlivening health care education Journal of Health Organization and Management, 27(5) 2013, pp. 561-576 (50-50%)  - A close analysis of two cultural narratives (a British TV drama series and an Australian government document.

Fisher J. & O'Sullivan, J. (2012) "Slip, slop, slap: Rethinking, re-writing and re-viewing Australia"- Encounters:  refereed conference papers of the 17th annual AAWP conference (50-50%)

O'Sullivan, J. (2011) "Representations of gender and leadership in Australian television drama" in  Murray, Kramar & McGraw (eds.) Women at Work: Research, Policy and Practice, Tilde University Press, Prahran, VIV Australia, pp. 267-286

O'Sullivan, J and R. Spence (2010) "Beyond Hostile Borders: Re-negotiating the Gendered Embodiment of resistance and Agency in the film Some Mother's Son" in Journal of Motherhood Initiative for research and Community Involvement 1(1) 2010, pp. 202-212

O'Sullivan, J. (2008) "Virtual Metamorphoses: Cosmetic and Cybernetic Revisions of Pygmalion's 'Living Doll'" in Arethusa 41, pp. 133-156

O'Sullivan, J. (2008) "Mongrels and Young Curs: the hounding of the feminine in St James Infirmary, Good Works, Blackrock and Spurboard" in Lever, S & A. Pender (eds) Nick Enright: An Actor's Playwright Rodopi Press, Amsterdam – Atlanta, pp. 127-142

Beck, W., K. Dunne, J. Fisher, J. O'Sullivan & A. Sheridan, (2008) "Turning up the heat: Collaboration as a response to a chilly research environment" in TEXT: The Journal of Writers and Writing Courses 
Vol. 12, Issue 2, e-publication

Beck, W, K. Dunne, J. Fisher, J. O'Sullivan, & A. Sheridan, (2006) "A Cappella and Diva: A Collaborative Process for Individual Academic Writing" in M/C Journal

O'Sullivan, J. & Sheridan, A., (2005) "The King is Dead, Long Live the King: Tall Tales of New Men and New Management in The Bill.", Gender, Work & Organization, Vol. 12, No. 4 (June)

O'Sullivan, J., (2004), "Geologist or Geisha? Disorienting Landscape in Japanese Story", Antipodes : North American Journal of Australian Literature, December, pp. 60-66

Sheridan, A. & O'Sullivan, J., (2003) "What You See Is What You Get: Popular Culture, Gender and Workplace Diversity" in Davidson, M. and Fielden, S. (eds.) Individual Diversity within Organizations, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, West Sussex, pp. 297-312

O'Sullivan, J., (2003) "Loquacious with an Obstinate Silence: Sexual and Textual Subversions in Freud's `Dora' and Fowles' A Maggot", Law and Literature, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 209-228

O'Sullivan, J. (2003) "Cyborg or Goddess: Postmodernism and Its Others in John Fowles' Mantissa", College Literature, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Summer), pp. 109-123

O'Sullivan, J. & Sheridan, A., (1999) "Ms Representations: women, management and popular culture", Women in Management Review, Vol. 14, No. 1 & 2, pp. 14-20

Holland, F. & O'Sullivan, J., (1999) "Lethal Larrikins: Cinematic Subversions of Mythical Masculinities in 'Blackrock' and 'The Boys'", Antipodes : North American Journal of Australian Literature, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 79-84

O'Sullivan, J., (1996) "Gals on the Slab: Fetishism, Reanimation, and the Dead Female Body", Social Semiotics, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 231-246

O'Sullivan, J., (1996) "Disorderly Eating: Anorexia Nervosa as a Site of Resistance in Educational Theatre", NADIE Journal, National Association for Drama in Education, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 33-40