Roslynn Haynes

Adjunct Professor Roslynn Haynes

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2000
  • Section(s): English


My current research interests include deserts, especially the Australian desert, in literature, art, photography & film; representations of science & scientists in literature and film, and Aboriginal astronomy. Monographs include: Seeking the Centre: The Australian Desert in Literature, Art and Film; From Faust to Strangelove: Representations of the Scientist in Western Literature; Tasmanian Visions: Landscapes in Writing, Art and Film; Desert: Nature and Culture. Co-authored books: Explorers of the Southern Sky; Science Under the Literary Microscope. Chapters in books include: ‘Travel Writing and the Desert’ in The Cambridge History of Travel Writing; ‘Uluru’ in Symbols of Australia; ‘The Alchemist on Fiction: The Master Narrative’, in The Public Image of Chemistry; ‘The Rise and Fall of the Mad Scientist in Film’ in Streitfall Evolution: Eine Kulturgeschichte. Recent journal articles include: ‘Whatever happened to the “mad, bad” Scientist? Overturning the Stereotype’, Public Understanding of Science; ‘Bringing Science into Fiction’, Zeitschrift fÜr Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 64:2, 127148;

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.