Researcher biography

Brandon Chua is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the UQ Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100-1800).

Brandon's research focuses on the political dimensions of English literary culture, from the succession crises of Elizabeth I's reign, to the Jacobite uprisings of 1746. His work surveys the cultural work performed by literary discourse in enforcing and challenging traditional definitions of community, political obligation, and civic duty in the wake of constitutional and social upheavals. He is also interested in the cultural legacy of the early modern succession crises, and how it continues to inform notions of literary value and authorial self-fashioning. He is the author of "Ravishment of Reason": Government and the Heroic Idioms of the Late Stuart Stage, 1660-1690 (Bucknell University Press, Forthcoming November 2014), as well as journal articles and book chapters on William Davenant, Aphra Behn, and Rochester. He is currently researching literary representations of religious toleration in Restoration and Eighteenth-century literature, as well as pursuing a new project on the politics of literary celebrity in the eighteenth century.