PhD Candidate and Teaching Associate, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University
Alice Capstick’s work focusses on the development of alternative heroic archetypes in the Romantic period. In particular, her work traces how the figure of the Satanic hero developed into a fully established archetype in the Romantic period. She examines how Romantic perception of Satan from John Milton’s Paradise Lost and other archetypal heroic figures informed their own experimentation with “dark heroes.” Alice is also interested in theories from the field of Literary Darwinism and how they can be used to understand and account for the enduring prevalence of certain types of dark heroes and people’s fascination with them. Her broader research interests include early modern poetry, aesthetic theory, gothic studies, and book history. Her work connects to ERRCC themes of dark Romanticism and anti-Enlightenment and because of her interest in how modern theories of the mind can be used to understand literary phenomena.