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Victoria Reeve

A little bit about me

Literary Critic & Theorist

My name is Victoria Reeve. I've taught at universities in Australia and overseas, and I've supervised large research projects. I speak on radio from time to time--mostly about language and how it shapes our feelings about life. I've spent years studying the novel form and theories about the novel. I'm a genre theorist and I also work with theories about meaning-making (semantics), and cognitive science as it relates to literature (specifically, what happens when we read). In more recent years I went back to study to learn a little more about writing. I was keen to know what makes a book unputdownable. 


Below are some of my credentials. You can also check me out on (click the button labelled "My Academic Profile"), or scroll down to see a list of some of my achievements.

I offer free courses because I want as many writers as possible to discover how to engage their readers and keep them turning those pages. Good writing changes you. It works its magic slowly but surely--connecting us to one another, making us more empathetic, compassionate, and human. Everything I teach requires that you, the writer, connect with what it is to be human. You need to connect with your own humanity in order to be the best writer you can possibly be for all the readers that you hope will one day read your work. It's not hard to do. You have all the resources already. I'm just here to help you reconnect with what you know, and put it to use in your writing.

About: About

Professional Expertise

Qualifications, Knowledge, Teaching Experience, and Publications in Literary Studies

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD in literary studies, University of Melbourne, 2011. Literary genre theory & theory of the novel. 

  • Master of Arts in creative writing at the University of Tasmania 2018-2021.


  • Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies, The University of Fiji 2014-16.

  • Literature and Language Expert, ABC RADIO 2018 - 2019. 

  • Graduate, UK Faber Academy Online Work in Progress, 2019.

Professional Sites


  • 'Contemplating Affects.' in The Rise of the Australian Neurohumanities, ed. J'F Vernay, Routledge, 2021.

  • 'Gothic Moods and Colonial Night Guests.' in Claiming Space: Australian Women's Writing, eds. D. Das and S. Dasgupta, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 

  • 'Wandering in lntersectional Time.' in TEXT Special Issue 34. 2016, eds. Simon Dwyer, Rachel Franks, Monica Galassi and KirstenThorpe.

  • 'Emotion, Motive, Narrative.' in JASAL, 2013. 

  • 'Who Cares Who's Speaking?' in JASAL, 2010

  • 'The Metaphor of Genre and Text.' in Generic Instability and Identity in the Contemporary Novel. eds. M. Gonzalez and M-0. Pitten-Hedon, Cambridge Scholars, 2010.

  • "Words with Attitude" (forthcoming)

About: My Experience
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