About Us

Victoria Kuttainen

Senior Lecturer

Victoria’s JCU bio page

Victoria Kuttainen is a Roderick Scholar and Senior Lecturer in English at James Cook University. Her monograph Unsettling Stories: Settler Postcolonialism and the Short Story Composite (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010) considered the short story form in Canada, Australia, and the USA, and led her to think more broadly about stories as they first appeared in magazines, and to consider the space between these national imaginaries: the Pacific.

Her forthcoming and recent publications range across Canadian writers between the wars, the middlebrow, magazine writing in Australia, and interwar travelers in the Pacific. Receiving her PhD from the University of Queensland, and her MA and BA Hons from the University of British Columbia, Victoria was also the recipient of the inaugural Early Career Rising Star Award at JCU in 2011.

Susann Liebich

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Susann’s Heidelberg bio page

Susann Liebich is a post-doctoral fellow at the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University, where she is part of a research group investigating the cultural history of ships and sea travel in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Specifically, she works on a project exploring reading and writing practices at sea, from nineteenth-century immigrants, sailors and seamen, to soldiers on troopships during WW1, and leisure travellers on cruise liners in the twentieth century.

Before moving to Heidelberg, Susann held the Colin and Margaret Roderick Postdoctoral Fellowship at James Cook University, where she continues to be a Adjunct Research Fellow through her collaborative work with Victoria Kuttainen and Sarah Galletly. Susann’s research interests lie at the intersections of book history and the history of reading, imperial history, maritime history and mobility studies. Her PhD in History from Victoria University of Wellington examined the connected histories of middle-class readers and reading in New Zealand and across the British empire between 1890 and 1930, highlighting the social aspects of reading practices and the patterns of connection and sociability. Through all her work runs an interest in the production, circulation and reception of texts across space and how the mobility of texts and readers forges trans-local and global connections and exchange


Sarah Galletly

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Sarah’s JCU bio page

Sarah Galletly is the Margaret and Colin Roderick Postdoctoral Research Fellow at James Cook University. Her current research explores the early twentieth-century mass-market periodical cultures of Canada and Australia, with a particular focus on the short fiction career of L.M. Montgomery.

Her PhD, completed at the University of Strathclyde, focused on representations of women’s work in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Canadian fiction. During her time as a Research Associate at Strathclyde, she also collaborated with Dr Anouk Lang to produce a map visualisation exploring literary correspondence networks surrounding the literary magazine Contemporary Verse (1940-52); now archived here. She also undertook archival work for the ‘Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture in Canada 1925-1960’ project.