UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Associate Professor Philip Charles Armstrong

School of Humanities and Creative Arts; English

Researcher Summary

My current research involves analysis of nature, and animals in particular, as expressed in cultural representations and practices, especially literature, and especially in the contexts of colonialism, decolonisation and globalisation. My most recent book is Sheep (Reaktion 2016), a cultural history of one of the most underestimated animals in our country and our world. My other books in this field include A New Zealand Book of Beasts: Animals in our Culture, History and Everyday Life (AUP 2013), co-authored with Annie Potts and Deidre Brown; What Animals Mean in the Fiction of Modernity (Routledge 2008); and Knowing Animals (Brill 2007), a collection of essays co-edited with Laurence Simmons. I have also published two books on Shakespeare (Shakespeare's Visual Regime, Palgrave, 2000; and Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis, Routledge, 2001), articles on the literatures of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific, as well as short fiction and poetry.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Research Projects

Research Groups

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

Authored Books
  • Armstrong, P. (2016) Sheep. London: Reaktion Books.
  • Potts, A., Armstrong, P. and Brown, D. (2013) A New Zealand Book of Beasts: Animals in our Culture, History and Everyday Life. Auckland: Auckland University Press.
  • Armstrong, P. (2008) What Animals Mean in the Fiction of Modernity. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Armstrong, P. (2001) Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Armstrong, P. (2000) Shakespeare's Visual Regime: Tragedy, Psychoanalysis and the Gaze. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Edited Volumes
  • Simmons, L. and Armstrong, P. (Ed.) (2007) Knowing Animals. Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Press.
Journal articles
  • Armstrong, P. (2011) Meat or Vegetables? New Zealand's Literary Sheep and Guthrie-Smith's Tutira. Journal of New Zealand Literature 29: 12-31.
  • Armstrong, P. (2011) On Tenuous Grounds. Landfall (222): 8-19.
  • Armstrong, P. (2008) Animating the Text. English in Aotearoa (65): 41-48.
  • Armstrong Philip. (2006) Sympathy. Satya June/July: 51-53.
  • Armstrong, P. (2004) Leviathan is a skein of networks: Translations of nature and culture in Moby-Dick. ELH - English Literary History 71(4): 1039-1063. http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/elh.2004.0044.
  • Armstrong, PC. (2003) Oceangoing Craft: The Writing of Contemporary Polynesia. Landfall 206: 21-38.
  • Armstrong, P. (2002) Shakespeare and the Space of Adolescence. English in Aotearoa 47: 18-28.
  • Armstrong, P. (2001) Good Eating: Ethics and Biculturalism in Reading The Bone People. Ariel 32(2): 7-27.
  • Kanazawa Satoshi. (1998) Why Productivity Fades with Age: The Crime-Genius Connection.'. Journal of Research in Personality. 37: Forthcoming
  • Armstrong, P. (1997) Trees, Galleries, Moving Subjects: Colonialism and the Gaze in Curnow's 'Later' Poetry. Journal of New Zealand Literature 15: 95-113.
  • Armstrong, P. (1995) Spheres of Influence: Cartography and the Gaze in Shakespearean Tragedy and History. Shakespeare Studies 22: 39-70.
  • Armstrong, P. (1994) Uncanny Spectacles: Psychoanalysis and the Texts of King Lear. Textual Practice 8(3): 414-434.
Chapters
  • Armstrong, PC. (2016) Preposterous Nature in Shakespeare's Tragedies. In Neill, M, Schalkwyk, D (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy: 104-119. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Armstrong, P. (2014) The Wonderment of this Taxonomy': Animals and Wonder from the Pre-Modern to the Modern. In Andersson Cederholm, E, Björk, A, Jennbert, K, Lönngren, AS (Ed.), Exploring the Animal Turn: Human-Animal Relation in Science, Society and Culture: 155-170. Lund: Pufendorf Institute.
  • Potts, Annie. and Armstrong, Philip. (2013) Picturing cruelty: chicken advocacy and visual culture. In Johnston, J, ProbynRapsey, F (Ed.), : 151-168.SYDNEY UNIV PRESS.
  • Armstrong, P. (2012) Literary Animal Encounters. In DeMello, M (Ed.), Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies: 342-345. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Armstrong, P. (2011) Cetaceans and Sentiment. In Freeman, C, Leane, E, Watt, Y (Ed.), Considering Animals: Contemporary Studies in Human-Animal Relations: 169-182. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Armstrong, P. (2011) The Gaze of Animals. In Taylor, N, Signal, T (Ed.), Theorizing Animals: Re-thinking Humanimal Relations: 175-199. Leiden: Brill.
  • Clement, J., Matthews, B., Pritchard, B., Palmer, J., Round, D., Jones, C., Armstrong, P. and Mason, E. (2011) The British World. In Jones, C, Matthews, B, Clement, J (Ed.), Treasures of the University of Canterbury Library Christchurch: Canterbury University Press.
  • Potts, A. and Armstrong, P. (2010) Hybrid Vigor: Interbreeding Cultural Studies and Human-Animal Studies. In De Mello, M (Ed.), Teaching the Animal: Human-Animal Studies across the Disciplines: 3-17. New York: Lantern.
  • Armstrong, P. (2007) Farming Images: Animal Rights and Agribusiness in the Field of Vision. In Simmons, L, Armstrong, P (Ed.), Knowing Animals: 105-128. Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers.
  • Armstrong, P. and Simmons, L. (2007) Bestiary: An introduction. : 1-24.
  • Armstrong, P. and Potts, A. (2004) Serving the wild. In Smith, A, Wevers, L (Ed.), On Display: New Essays in Cultural Studies: 15-40. Wellington: Victoria University Press.
  • Armstrong, P. (1999) Allen Curnow. In Serafin, SR (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century (3rd ed.) Detroit: St James Press.
  • Armstrong, P. (1999) Keri Hulme. In Serafin, SR (Ed.), Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century (3rd ed.) Detroit: St James Press.
  • Armstrong, P. (1998) Spheres of Influence: Cartography and the Gaze in Shakespeare's Roman Plays. In Zimmerman Susan (Ed.), Shakespeare's Tragedies: 64-83. New York: Macmillan.
  • de Lange, PJ., Norton, DA. and Molloy, BPJ. (1997) Historical distribution of New Zealand loranthaceous mistletoe. In de Lang, PJ, Norton, DA (Ed.), New Zealand's Loranthaceous Mistletoes: 11-22. Wellington: Department of Conservation.
  • Norton, DA. (1997) Ecological basis for restoration in mainland New Zealand. In Smale, MC, Meurk, CD (Ed.), Proceedings of a Workshop on Scientific Issues in ecological Restoration: 11-14. Lincoln: Manaaki Whenua Press.
  • Armstrong, P. (1996) Watching Hamlet Watching: Lacan, Shakespeare and the Mirror/Stage. In Hawkes Terence (Ed.), Alternative Shakespeares: Volume 2: 216-237. London and New York: Routledge.
Dramatic and Literary Texts
  • Armstrong, P. (2016) Life of Clay. In Sport 44, Victoria University Press. 12-22. [Poetry].
  • Armstrong, PC. (2016) Driving Lesson. [Poetry].
  • Armstrong, PC. (2016) General Relativity. [Poetry].
  • Armstrong, P. (2014) Litter. In Among Animals: The Lives of Animals and Humans in Contemporary Short Fiction, Ashland Creek Press. 107-115. [Short Fiction].
  • Armstrong, P. (2014) Portolan. In Landfall 227, 19-22. [Poetry].
  • Armstrong, P. (2013) Laputa. In Snorkel 17, [Poetry].
  • Armstrong, P. (2013) Longitude. [Poetry].
  • Armstrong, P. (2013) The Rookery. In Sport 41, 248-261. [Short Fiction].
  • Armstrong, P. (2012) Chicxulub. In Geek Mook, Vignette Press. 39-45. [Short Fiction].
  • Armstrong, P. (2012) Imaginary Waste Management. In Landfall 224, 53-55. [Short Fiction].
  • Armstrong, P. (2012) Wildlife of the Wet Tropics. In JAAM 30, 11-12. [Poetry].
  • Armstrong, P. (2011) A Horizontal Light. In Snorkel 14, [Poetry].
  • Armstrong, P. (2010) Pastoral. In A Foreign Country: New Zealand Speculative Fiction, Random Static. 221-228. [Short Fiction].
  • Armstrong, P. (2009) A Report on the New Zealand White. In Sport 37, 189-196. [Short fiction].
  • Armstrong, P. (2009) Memorial. In JAAM 27, 143-146. [Short fiction].
Conference - Other
  • Armstrong, P. (2016) Following Sheep -- or, Natural Family Values.
  • Armstrong, PC. (2016) "Little Lamb, Who Made Thee?" -- The Industrial Sheep.
  • Armstrong, P. (2015) How Can You Be Fond of Thousands of Anything?': Animals (Especially Sheep) and the History of New Zealand Emotions.
  • Armstrong Philip. (2014) The Wonderment of This Taxonomy': Animals and Wonder from Herodotus to Galapagos.
  • Armstrong, P. (2014) The Wonderment of this Taxonomy': Animals and Wonder from Herodotus to Galapagos.
  • Armstrong, P. (2013) The Rights of Vegetables: Samuel Butler's Theory of Nonhuman Agency.
  • Armstrong, P. (2012) The Rights of Vegetables: Samuel Butler's Theory of Nonhuman Agency.
  • Armstrong, P. (2009) Moa Stories.
  • Armstrong, P. (2009) The Gaze of Animals.
  • Potts, A. and Armstrong, P. (2009) The New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies.
  • Armstrong, P. (2007) Feral Animals as Code-Breakers.
  • Armstrong, P. (2007) Opo's Children: Cetaceans and Sentimentalism.
  • Armstrong, P. (2007) Sympathy and Sentiment in Human-Animal Narratives After Modernity.
  • Potts, A., Armstrong, P. and Brown, D. (2007) Introducing 'Human-Animal Studies': New interdisciplinary scholarship in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Armstrong, P. (2005) Animal Agency in Moby-Dick.
Oral Presentations
  • Armstrong Philip. (2014) The Wonderment of This Taxonomy': Animals and Wonder from Herodotus to Galapagos.
  • Armstrong, P. (2014) "An Odd Worm": Animals, Agency and Affect in Shakespeare's Tragedies.
  • Armstrong, P. (2012) The gaze of animals.
  • Armstrong, P. (2010) Moa Citings.
  • Armstrong, P. (2010) Moa citings.
  • Armstrong, P. (2008) Feral Feelings: Animals, Agency and Affect in Narrative Fiction.
  • Armstrong, P. (2008) Feral Feelings: Animals, Agency and Affect in Narrative Fiction.
Other
  • Armstrong, P. (2013) Arthur MacGregor, Animal Encounters: Human and Animal Interaction in Britain from the Norman Conquest to World War One, London: Reaktion Books, 2012. 552pp. Humanimalia 4(2) Book Review.