Doctor Lorraine Sim

Doctor Lorraine Sim

Senior Lecturer, Modern English Literature,
Humanities (Arts)


Lorraine Sim is a Senior Lecturer in Modern English Literature in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre. Her research interests include modernism and modernity, twentieth-century literature, early twentieth-century photography, theories of the everyday, feminist studies, and the intersections between literature and philosophy. 

She is the author of two monographs – Ordinary Matters: Modernist Women’s Literature and Photography (Bloomsbury, 2016) and Virginia Woolf: the Patterns of Ordinary Experience (Ashgate, 2010). Her research has been widely published in journals including Modernism/modernityModernist Cultures, Journal of Modern Literature, Women’s Studies and Australian Feminist Studies. Lorraine's current major project, Happy Modernisms, examines ideas and the aesthetics of happiness in modernist literature, art and culture. Other current interests and projects include modernism and the sacred (including a forthcoming book chapter titled 'Modernism, Abstraction and the Sacred'), and Australian women's photography spanning the period 1900-1950.

In 2009, Lorraine co-founded the Australasian Modernist Studies Network  and she currently serves as the Network's Chair. She also serves on the editorial boards of the journals Feminist Modernist Studies, Australian Feminist Studies, and Affirmations: of the Modern.

Lorraine holds a PhD in English Literature and a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Hons) in literature and philosophy from The University of Western Australia. Prior to joining Western Sydney University in 2011, she held lectureships at the University of Ballarat (2006-2010) and The University of Western Australia (2004-2005).


This information has been contributed by Doctor Sim.


  • PhD University of Western Australia
  • BA University of Western Australia

Professional Memberships

  • Modernist Studies Association (2007)
  • Australian Modernist Studies Network (2009)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Humanities (Arts)


Phone: (02) 47360 442
Location: K.1.75
Penrith (Kingswood)

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Current Teaching Areas

  • LANG2035 Methods of Reading

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101033 Modernism, 2018
  • 101033 Modernism, 2020
  • 101909 Methods of Reading, 2019
  • 101909 Methods of Reading, 2020
  • 101917 Representing Everyday Life in Literary and Visual Cultures, 2019
  • HUMN2044 Representing Everyday Life in Literary and Visual Cultures, 2021
  • LANG2035 Methods of Reading, 2021



  • Sim, L. (2016), 'Ordinary Matters: Modernist Women's Literature and Photography', : Bloomsbury Academic 9781501314308.
  • Sim, L. (2010), 'Virginia Woolf: the Patterns of Ordinary Experience', : Ashgate 9780754666578.

Chapters in Books

  • Sim, L. (2020), 'Virginia Woolf : 'writing without hate, without bitterness, without fear, without protest, without preaching' : integrity and the woman writer in A Room of One's Own', Portraits of Integrity: 26 Case Studies from History, Literature and Philosophy, Bloomsbury Academic 9781350040373.
  • Sim, L. (2019), '"The thing is in itself enough" : Virginia Woolf's sacred everyday', Religion, Secularism, and the Spiritual Paths of Virginia Woolf, Palgrave Macmillan 9783030325688.

Journal Articles

  • Sim, L. (2021), 'On Seeing Ghosts', Modernism/Modernity Print Plus, vol 5, no Cycle 4 .
  • Sim, L. (2020), 'The linocuts of Ethel Spowers : a vision apart', Modernist Cultures, vol 15, no 3 , pp 354 - 376.
  • Sim, L. (2015), 'Theorising the everyday', Australian Feminist Studies, vol 30, no 84 , pp 109 - 127.
  • Sim, L. and Vickery, A. (2014), 'New feelings : modernism, intimacy, and emotion', Affirmations: Of the Modern, vol 1, no 2 , pp 1 - 14.
  • Sim, L. (2013), 'Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage and the society of the street', Pilgrimages: The Journal of Dorothy Richardson Studies, vol 6 , pp 63 - 83.
  • Sim, L. (2012), 'Ensemble film, postmodernity and moral mapping', Screening the Past, vol 35 .
  • Sim, L. (2009), 'A different war landscape : Lee Miller's war photography and the ethics of seeing', Modernist Cultures, vol 4, no 1 , pp 48 - 66.
  • Sim, L. (2008), 'Modernist women's memoir, war and recovering the ordinary : H.D.'s The Gift', Women's Studies, vol 38, no 1 , pp 63 - 83.
  • Sim, L. (2008), '"[A] background to our daily existence" : aar and everyday life in Frances Partridge's A Pacifist's War', Journal of Modern Literature, vol 31, no 4 , pp 1 - 17.
  • Sim, L. (2006), 'Writers and biographical cinema: hysteria and the domestic everyday', Australian Feminist Studies, vol 21, no 51 , pp 355 - 368.
  • Sim, L. (2005), 'No "ordinary day": The Hours, Virginia Woolf and Everyday Life', Hecate, vol 31, no 1 , pp 60 - 70.
  • Sim, L. (2005), 'Virginia Woolf tracing patterns through Plato's Forms', Journal of Modern Literature, vol 28, no 2 , pp 38 - 48.

Conference Papers

  • Sim, L. (2005), 'Ailing Dualisms: Woolf's Revolt Against Rationalism in the "Real World" of Influenza', Thirteenth International Conference on Virginia Woolf, Northhampton, MA.


Doctor Sim is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: How is soft architecture adopted as a theme or technique within poetics for exploring political, cultural and social aspects of everyday life?
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: `Province Spoke Instinctively to Province?: The Arts in Sydney and Barcelona in the 1930s.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: 'It's Not the Biggest Story Ever, I Know, but it's Telling': Women, Music, and the Confessional Mode, and Her Fidelity: A Novel.
Field of Research: Music
Thesis Title: Novel "The Common Koel" and exegesis, "Post-War Immigration in Australian Fiction"
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Role of Narrative in Representing Colonial Australia
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Expressionism and the Unconfined Female Protagonist in Three Novels by Patrick White
Field of Research: Language And Literature, N.e.c.; Other Society And Culture
Thesis Title: At her Desk: the Writing Woman's Desire.
Field of Research: Other Creative Arts
Thesis Title: A Mother (A)Rosa: Anais Nin and Reconceiving Subjective Birth
Field of Research: Literature; Philosophy; Studies In Human Society, N.e.c.
Thesis Title: "Wanderers like the Stars at Which They Gaze": Suttree's Ever-moving Figures after Ulysses
Field of Research: History; Literature; Other Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Worshipping the Household Gods: Dickens and Domesticity
Field of Research: History; Literature; Other Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Reflectant Tides: The Aqueous Poetics of Sydney in Women's Fiction, 1934-1947
Field of Research: Literature; Other Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Reading the In-Between: Gender Space and Identity in the Serialised Novels of Ada Cambridge and Tasma
Field of Research: History; Literature
Thesis Title: Representations of the everyday in relation to time and traumatic history
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Representing the Modern Perspective in Joseph Conrad and Jean Rhys
Field of Research: Other Creative Arts
Thesis Title: Provocative Writing: The Disgusting and Taboo Fictional Landscape in Chuck Palanuik
Field of Research: Literature

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