Jennifer Hamilton

Jennifer Mae Hamilton is an interdisciplinary feminist environmental humanities researcher, with formal training in English literary studies. Her investigations in the history of emotions began as a PhD project on the storm in Shakespeare’s King Lear. This project reconsidered the storm as materially implicated in Lear’s iconic emotional cataclysm, rather than as only a metaphor for it. This work is published as This Contentious Storm: An Ecocritical and Performance History of King Lear, freely available online through Bloomsbury Collections open access. A final section of this work exploring spectacle, death and emotion was recently published in a Shakespeare Bulletin special issue on performance and ecology (36.3). Her interest in weather and human exposure is now developing into a project on the politics of shelter in Australian literature, with preliminary work published in Green Letters (20.2) and JASAL (18.1). As an Associate Investigator with the CHE (2016–2017), Jennifer used the support to co-convene the events Feminist, Queer, Anticolonial Propositions for Hacking the Anthropocene, soon to be archived in a volume of the same name forthcoming with Open Humanities Press and co-edited with Astrida Neimanis and Sue Reid.




Weathering the City

Selected Grants

2015 ‘The Christmas Climate Change Variety Hour’, City of Sydney, Arts and Culture Grant

Select Publications


‘This Contentious Storm’: An Ecocritical and Performance History of King Lear. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.

Journal Articles

Neimanis. A. and J. M. Hamilton. 'Weathering’. feminist review 118.1 (2018): 80–84.

Hamilton, J. M. ‘"Labour Against Wilderness" and the Trouble with Property Beyond The Secret River’. Green Letters 20.2 (2016): 140–55.

‘Bad Flowers: The Implications of a Phytocentric Deconstruction of the Western Philosophical Tradition for the Environmental Humanities’. Environmental Humanities 7 (2015) [Review Essay]

‘Living Lexicon for the Environmental Humanities: Labour’. Environmental Humanities 6 (2015)

Book Chapters

‘Lear in the Storm: Shakespeare’s Emotional Exploration of Sovereign Mortality’. In Shakespeare and Emotions: Inheritances, Enactments, Legacies, edited by R. S. White, M. Houlahan and K. O’Loughlin, pp. 59–68. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

‘Cold Desire: Snow, Ice and Hans Christian Andersen’. In Literature and Sensation, edited by Anthony Uhlmann, Helen Groth, Paul Sheehan and Stephen McClaren, pp. 244–54. Sydney: Cambridge Scholar’s Press, 2009.

Book Reviews

‘The King and I by Philippa Kelly’. Southerly 71.1 (2011) Long Paddock

‘Queer and Monstrous Others: Review of Queering the Non/Human’. Australian Humanities Review 48 (2010).

Other Writing

2015 ‘How Brandis Plans to Insulate the Arts Sector from Artists’, The Conversation

2014 ‘The Gough Memorial: For Once in His Life Tony was not a HappyClapper’, New Matilda.

2013 ‘Explainer: What are the environmental humanities?’. The Conversation.

2013 ‘Gardening For Gardening’s Sake’. Seeing the Woods.

2013 ‘Three views of the Milky Way’, co-authored with Astrid Lorange and Tom Lee. Critical Animalia: A Decade Between Disciplines.

2012 ‘History of Cultural Responses to Disastrous Storms (1612–2012)’, Artlink.

2012 ‘A Curatorial Introduction to Time Machine’, Time Capsule. [Catalogue Essay]

2012 ‘The Spokes in Sydney’s Cycle Policy’. New Matilda.

2011 ‘A storm by any other name’. The Reader: Emerging Writer’s Festival Anthology of New Writing.

2010 ‘Frolic and Play the Eskimo Way’. Das Superpaper: Issue #14.

2010 ‘Big Ideas on a Small Scale’. New Matilda.

2010 ‘Where there’s a niche, there’s a market’. New Matilda

Curated Events and Festivals

2015 The Christmas Climate Change Variety Hour, Verge Gallery (with Craig Johnson and Lisa Mumford)

2015 Read before Burning, Verge Gallery (with Craig Johnson and Lisa Mumford)

2015 A Fossil Fuel Film (with Craig Johnson and Lisa Mumford)

2012 Time Machine: A Festival of Experimental Time Based Art (with Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, Tom Smith and Pia Van Gelder)

2012 Tiny Stadiums (with Quarterbred)

Live Art

2013 erskineville (Tiny Stadiums Festival, with Craig Johnson)

2012 Sea Shanties for Dead Sailors (Performance Space, with Craig Johnson)

2011 Walking in the Rain (Performance Space)