Dr. Sarah Galletly is an Adjunct Research Fellow at JCU and an ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin for the SouthHem project. Sarah was the Margaret and Colin Roderick Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Literature at JCU from 2014-2018. During this time she collaborated on the Transported Imagination project with Associate Professor Victoria Kuttainen (JCU) and Dr. Susann Liebich (Heidelberg University). Her PhD thesis, completed at the University of Strathclyde in 2013, was titled 'Work, Class and Gender in Canadian Fiction, 1890s-1920s,' and focused on representations of women’s work in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Canadian fiction. 

The Transported Imagination project explored depictions of travel, geography, and colonial modernity in Australian print culture in the early 20th century, focusing particularly on representations of the Pacific and its inhabitants by tracing an increased “Pacific-mindedness” (Johnston 2017) in culture and leisure magazines of this era. This collaborative work, which produced eight peer-reviewed articles, a special journal issue, and a digital poster (presented at DH2015, Sydney), culminated in the co-authored monograph The Transported Imagination: Australian Interwar Magazines and the Geographical Imaginaries of Colonial Modernity (Cambria Press, 2018).

Her current research with the SouthHem project focuses on the settler imaginary of the Indigene in the popular print culture of late nineteenth-century Australia. Utilising the Trove interface, Sarah will assemble a varied but broadly representative corpus of colonial periodical fiction in order to examine literary encounters and engagements with Aboriginal Australians, Maori, and Pacific Islander peoples and cultures. Her other research explores the early career of prominent Canadian author, L.M. Montgomery, and analyses her periodical publications before the wide-spread success of Anne of Green Gables (1908), to uncover Montgomery's place in mainstream middlebrow print cultures of the early twentieth century.

Sarah also served as a Research Associate on several digital humanities during her time at the University of Strathclyde, and presented early prototype maps for the Transported Imagination project at DH2015. More recently, she held the role of L.M. Montgomery Institute & Robertson Library Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Prince Edward Island, where she created new visualisations of digitised archival materials for the Kindred Spaces portal.

  • Canadian and Australian comparative work – particularly focusing on early 20th century print cultures and late colonial modernity
  • Representations of travel across the Pacific, and more specifically the figure of the female traveller
  • Emerging middlebrow culture in 20th century Canadian magazines and popular fiction, focusing particularly on the works of L. M. Montgomery and Gwethalyn Graham
  • Digital humanities – digital mapping, timelines, and visualising archival periodical content
  • Previously taught on modules such as Basic English, Victorian Literature, Postmodernism, Postcolonial Canadian Literature and Literary Snobbery at the University of Strathclyde
  • Co-created and team-taught the interdisciplinary print culture subject "EL2055 Literature, Print and Society in Comparative Contexts" (2015, 2017) with Victoria Kuttainen during her time at JCU
  • 2019 to present - Adjunct Research Fellow, James Cook University
  • 2019 to present - ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University College Dublin
  • 2018 to 2019 - L.M. Montgomery Institute & Robertson Library Fellow in Digital Humanities, University of Prince Edward Island
  • 2014 to 2018 - Margaret and Colin Roderick Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Comparative Literature, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2014 - Research Assistant, University of Strathclyde (Glasgow)
  • 2013 - Visiting Scholar, James Cook University (Cairns Institute)
  • 2013 - Research Associate, University of Strathclyde (Glasgow)
  • 2009 to 2013 - Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Strathclyde (Glasgow)
  • 2008 to 2012 - PhD Candidate, University of Strathclyde (Glasgow)
  • 2007 to 2008 - MSc Candidate in Literature and Transatlanticism, University of Edinburgh
Research Disciplines
  • 2009 - Arts & Humanities Research Council Overseas Study Visit Award
  • 2008 to 2011 - Arts & Humanities Research Council Three Year Doctoral Award
  • 2009 to 2010 - Joint-Winner of Best Presentation at the 18th Graduate Seminar in Canadian Studies – providing full funding to attend the 2010 SEMINECAL seminar in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • 2019 to 2021 - ERC Postdoctoral Research Fellowhip for the SouthHem project
  • 2014 to 2018 - Margaret and Colin Roderick Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Comparative Literature

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  • Once there was a time when…: Re-imagining regional women’s lives using historical fiction, family stories and artefacts. (2021, PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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