PROF Clara Tuite

PROF Clara Tuite


  • Romantic-period literature and culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries



  • Clara Tuite received her BA Honours degree from the Australian National University in 1988 and her PhD from the University of Sydney in 1996. She joined the University of Melbourne in 1997. In 2017 she was elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

    Tuite specializes in Romantic literature and cultural history, with a focus on the historical, cultural and social contexts of Romantic literature. Her research engages canonical British Romanticism from the perspectives of the history and theory of the literary institution, history of sexuality and sociability. She has a particular interest and expertise in the work of Jane Austen and Lord Byron.

    Her most recent book is Lord Byron and Scandalous Celebrity (Cambridge University Press, 2015) which was awarded the Elma Dangerfield Prize by the International Association of Byron Societies. Her first monograph Romantic Austen: Sexual Politics and the Literary Canon (Cambridge University Press, 2002) was shortlisted for the MLA Prize for a First Book. For Cambridge University Press, she is currently editing Byron in Context (forthcoming, 2019). With Gillian Russell, she is working on a project on Regency Romanticism in Britain, Ireland and Australia (funded by the ARC 2016-2018). She is also completing a monograph on trans-European literary Romanticism and the media of romantic love (funded by the ARC 2012-2015). She has held research fellowships at the Rockefeller Center, Bellagio (2004); Center for Urban Cultural History, University of Massachusetts, Boston (2011); Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University (2012); Chawton House Library, UK (2015); Trinity College, Cambridge (2017). She is Vice President of the Australasian Association of Literature.



Member of

  • Australian Academy of the Humanities. Fellow 2018 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Sydney 1996
  • BA (Hons), The Australian National University 1988

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2017
  • Elma Dangerfield Prize for Best Book, International Association of Byron Societies (IABS), 2015
  • Finalist for MLA Prize for a First Book, Modern Language Association (MLA), 2003



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Clara is available for supervision in the areas of Romanticism studies; eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature and cultural history (especially Jane Austen, Lord Byron, Maria Edgeworth, Caroline Lamb and Mary Wollstonecraft); nineteenth-century aestheticism and decadence (especially Henry James); historical fiction, queer literatures and cultural history.