Dr Tony Thwaites

Faculty English
Courses Taught ENGL2035, ENGL2405, ENGL3012, ENGL3013
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Dr Tony Thwaites 81.7

Tony takes (what I think) are two of the most interesting courses in the English Lit course -- ENGL2035 and ENGL2405. His passion for these two courses are obvious and he is a wonderfully delightful man and willing to discuss any problems you are having with the course.
His lectures are full of intelligent insights and side notes, however I found his pace of speaking a bit slow -- so pay attention or you can drift off.
He is also a very harsh marker, picking out ideas that are weaker rather than written expression. It doesn't matter how well you have written a piece of assessment, if your idea isn't solid you will not get a good mark. He also seems to limit marks on ideas that have been discussed in lectures or tutorials -- creativity and originality get the marks.

Which course did you take? (e.g. MGTS1301)

ENGL2035, ENGL2405

  • Enthusiatic
  • Knows everything about Ulysses
  • Very harsh marker
  • Not 100% clear on assessment
Posted on September 4, 2015 8:54 pm
Dr Tony Thwaites 100.0

Tony Thwaites is the best professor in the entire English Lit staff, if not the Arts staff. He delivers his lectures/seminars with passion so infectious that it is impossible not to catch at least some of it. His assignments are some of the most difficult, and he's quite a harsh marker, but he makes up for it by being absolutely delightful. I took two of his courses--Modernist and Lit Crit & Theory, and loved both of them, mostly because of his wonderful teaching style! He's also very frank about the issues currently facing the University and Arts department/English Lit major; that is, funding cuts.

Ask him about Ulysses. You won't be disappointed. Watch his eyes light up.

Which course did you take? (e.g. MGTS1301)


  • Enthusiastic
  • So intelligent
  • Honest about UQ's failings
  • Harsh marker
Posted on August 6, 2014 5:36 pm

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