• Professor Peter Otto

Peter Otto is Professor of Literature at the University of Melbourne, Executive Director of the Faculty of Arts' Research Unit in ‘Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Contemporary Culture’, and a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He teaches and researches in the literatures and cultures of modernity, from Romanticism to the new media of today; and this in turn provides both backdrop and vehicle for his long-standing interest in the histories of creativity, the roles it plays in modernity, and its relation to well-being. He is completing a book on ‘William Blake, Secularisation, and the History of Imagination’, while working on an ARC-funded project on ‘Architectures of Imagination: Bodies, Buildings, Fictions, and Worlds’. The first maps the roles played by imagination in the passage from religious to secular modes of thought. The second aims to provide a resource for thinking differently about the relation between space, place, fiction, and creativity.