Staff profile - Geoff Boucher

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Dr Geoff Boucher

Position: Associate Head Of School (Research)
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Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SCCA Arts & Ed
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 72689 +61 3 522 72689



  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1991
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English), University of Melbourne, 1999
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2003
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2008


Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy

Professional activities

Academic referee for several professional journals

General editor, Thinking Politics series, Edinburgh University Press


Teaching Interests

Geoff Boucher teaches literatary studies in the following units:

ALL374 Supernatural Literature
ALL375 Shakespeare

Student supervision

Amy Brooke Antonio, Fatal Women in Renaissance Tragedy, 1550-1650 (PhD Dissertation, 2011)


Research projects

Geoff's current research projects are:
* Analysing the Cultural Contribution of Fantasy Literature
* The Rationality of Literature--Third Generation Frankfurt School and Literature as Communication

Geoff is interested in supervising projects of the following types:

Projects that focus on the work of Slavoj Zizek and/or Jurgen Habermas
Analyses of contemporary fantasy literature, especially epic fantasy
Shakespeare and other Renaissance drama (Marlowe, Webster pref.)

Critical interrogations of contemporary Lacanian theory especially the questions of (1) post-Oedipal society (2) the literary sinthome and late Lacan (3) psychoanalysis and politics
Applications of Habermasian approaches to literature to contemporary literature or theoretical explorations of Habermas and literature, including reconstructions of first generation Frankfurt positions
Zizek and literature

Other projects would need to be thoroughly discussed in advance of any application; please look at my publications below for general indications

Research interests

His research interests centre on Frankfurt School Critical Theory and Lacanian psychoanalysis. He is currently working on two projects one on the Lacanian theory of Slavoj iek and Renaissance drama, and the other on Habermasian philosophy and why literature matters.

* The Frankfurt School and Psychoanalysis
* The Frankfurt School and Literature
* Psychoanalysis and Social Theory
* Psychoanalysis and Literature
Renaissance Studies from a Psychoanalytic Perspective

Research grants

2012-2014 Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP120104085 “Religion and Political Thought” (with Marion Maddox, Roland Boer, Chris Hartney, Matthew Sharpe)

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Recent Books

2012 Adorno Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts (London: IBTauris).

2012 Understanding Marxism (Durham; Bristol: Acumen).

2010 Zizek and Politics: A Critical Introduction (with Matthew Sharpe) (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press).

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