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Associate Professor Helen Vella Bonavita

Acting Dean International

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6063, Mobile: +61(0)408818667, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML3.114
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  9370 6063  
Mobile: +61(0)408818667  
Facsimile: (61 8)  63706664  
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML3.114  



Following graduation from the University of Western Australia, Helen worked for three years at the John Curtin International Institute, Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. She subsequently moved to the University of Wales, Lampeter as a Visiting Fellow in the Humanities , and was the Head of the Department of English and Creative Writing from 2007 – 2010. She has taught in a range of subjects within the discipline of English literature and in a variety of media including blended learning.

Helen had responsibility for the development of English language support at UWL and worked closely with a number of international partners and initiatives. She was the Academic Director of Studies for the University of Wales, Lampeter’s International Summer School from 2002 – 2009, and served on senior University committees including Senate Executive Board, the Quality Assurance Committee, the International Committee and the Research Degrees Committee.

Helen has held a number of research positions including a short-term Visiting Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.


Associate Dean, International, within ECU International and the Faculty of Education and Arts.


  • BA (Hons)
  • PhD (UWA)
  • RSA Cert TESLA
  • PG Cert THE (Bangor).


Research interests:

  • Early modern national identities
  • Illegitimacy in Renaissance texts
  • Scenario Planning

Current research area:

  • Internationalisation in the Higher Education Sector
  • Illegitimacy and national identity in early modern English literature.

Recent research grants:

  • n/a

Recent publications (2006 - )


· Vella Bonavita, H. (2007). Caelivs Secvndus Curio his historie of the warr of Malta translated by Thomas Mainwaringe (1579), ACMRS: Tempe, Arizona.

Chapters in books

· Vella Bonavita, H. (2008). “The Plague of Christendom: Discord and Chastity in Othello.” In A. Lynch and A. Scott, (Eds.), Renaissance Poetry and Drama in Context: Essays for Christopher Wortham. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press. pp. 61 – 72.

In press

· Vella Bonavita, H. William Shakespeare’s Henry VI part 1. The Facts on File Critical Approaches to Shakespeare. New York: Greenwood Press.

· Vella Bonavita, H. (Ed.). Negotiating Identities: Constructed Selves and Others: Papers from the first Global Interdisciplinary Conference: Strangers, Aliens, Foreigners. Rodopi Press.

Refereed journal articles:

· Vella Bonavita, H. (2007). “Body of Evidence: The signs of Guilt” Trivium 37 pp. 211 – 222.

· Vella Bonavita, H. (2006). Maids, Wives and Widows: Multiple Meaning and Marriage in The Witch of Edmonton” Parergon23.2 pp. 73 – 95.

Conference papers:

· Vella Bonavita, H. (2009). “Staying true to England: Producing Nationhood in King John” Strangers, Aliens, Foreigners: First Global Interdisciplinary Conference. Mansfield College, Oxford.

· Vella Bonavita, H. (2007). “Caelius Secundus Curio his historie of the Warr of Malta.” Invited paper for the Renaissance English Text Society, presented at the Modern Languages Association of America Annual Conference, Chicago.

· Vella Bonavita, H. “Both Banished and English: Language and Nationality in Shakespeare’s Richard II” (invited paper). Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group. University of Western Australia.  

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