Selected Staff Publications

Matt McGuire Dark Dawn Book CoverMatt McGuire, Dark Dawn: Killing in cold light, published by Corsair, 2012

Acting Detective Sergeant John O'Neill stands over the body of a dead teenager. The corpse was discovered on the building site of a luxury development overlooking the River Lagan. Kneecapped then killed, the body bears the hallmarks of a punishment beating. But this is the new Northern Ireland - the Celtic Tiger purrs, the Troubles are over, the paramilitaries are gone. So who is the boy? Why was he killed? »Read More (opens in a new window)

 

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Chris Fleming (co-editor), Violence Desire and the Sacred, published by Continuum, 2012

Violence, Desire and the Sacred presents the most up-to-date inter-disciplinary work being developed with the ground-breaking insights of René Girard’s mimetic theory. The collection showcases the work of outstanding scholars in mimetic theory and how they are applying and developing Girard’s insights in a variety of fields. »Read More (opens in a new window)

 

 

Kate Fagan First Light Book Cover Kate Fagan, First Light, published by Giramondo, 2012

First Light observes the details of the world with curious and restive attention. It explores the threshold between things and words, seeking out places where music and language are equal in charting human experience. Some poems sample from other writers to create new works, often as gifts for friends. »Read More (opens in a new window)

 

 

Anthony Uhlmann Thinking in Literature Book CoverAnthony Uhlmann Thinking In Literature, published by Continuum, 2011

Thinking in Literature examines how the Modernist novel might be understood as a machine for thinking. It begins with a theoretical analysis, via Deleuze, Spinoza and Leibniz, of the concept of thinking in literature, and sets out three crucial elements to the process of developing an aesthetic expression: relation; sensation; and composition. Uhlmann then uses these elements to examine the aesthetic practice of three major Modernist writers: James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Vladimir Nabokov. »Read More (opens in a new window)

 

Gail Jones Five Bells Book CoverGail Jones Five Bells, published by Random House, 2011

Told over the course of a single Saturday, Five Bells describes four lives which chime and resonate, sharing mysterious patterns and symbols. A fifth figure at the Quay, a barely glimpsed child, reminds us that some patterns are imprecise and do not resolve. By night-time, when Sydney is drenched in a rainstorm, each life has been transformed. »Read More (opens in a new window)

 

 


Melinda Jewell The Representation of Dance in Australian Novels

Melinda Jewell The Representation of Dance in Australian Novels, Peter Lang Academic Publishers, 2011

This book is an analysis of the textual representation of dance in the Australian novel since the late 1890s. It examines how the act of dance is variously portrayed, how the word 'dance' is used metaphorically to convey actual or imagined movement, and how dance is written in a novelistic form. »Read More (opens in a new window)
 

 

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Dimitris Vardoulakis The Doppelganger Book CoverDimitris Vardoulakis The Doppelganger, Fordham University Press, 2010

This is the first significant study of the doppelgänger’s influence on philosophical thought. Reading literature philosophically and philosophy as literature, Vardoulakis examines authors such as Franz Kafka, Maurice Blanchot, and Alexandros Papadiamantes and philosophers such as Immanuel Kant, Walter Benjamin, and Jacques Derrida to show how the doppelgänger emerges as a hidden element both in conceptions of subjectivity and in philosophy’s relation to literature. »Read More (opens in a new window)

 

 

Badiou and Cinema Book Cover Alex Ling Badiou and Cinema, Edinburgh University Press, 2010

This book offers an in-depth examination of cinema and its philosophical significance. Alex Ling employs the philosophy of Alain Badiou to answer the question central to all serious film scholarship - namely, 'can cinema be thought?' »Read More (opens in a new window)

 

 

 

 

Melissa Deitz Watch This Space Book CoverMelissa Deitz Watch This Space: The Future of Australian Journalism, Cambridge University Press, 2010

With traditional print media sinking under shrinking readerships, redundancies and declining advertising revenue, the imminent death of 'quality' journalism is being prophesied by academics, publishers and journalists. Are we losing a vital public sphere for interrogating those in power and creating local and national communities? Or is a moribund media status quo getting a long overdue shake up? »Read More (opens in a new window)

 

 

Chris Andrews Monsieur Pain book cover Chris Andrews translator Monsieur Pain by Roberto Bolaño, published by New Directions, 2010

Paris, 1938. The Peruvian poet César Vallejo is in the hospital, afflicted with an undiagnosed illness, and unable to stop hiccuping. His wife calls on an acquaintance of her friend Madame Reynaud: the Mesmerist Pierre Pain. Pain, a timid bachelor, is in love with the widow Reynaud, and agrees to help. But two mysterious Spanish men follow Pain and bribe him not to treat Vallejo, and Pain takes the money. »Read More (opens in a new window)

 

 

Lorraine Sim The Patterns of Ordinary Experience Book CoverLorraine Sim Virginia Woolf: The Patterns of Ordinary Experience, published by Ashgate, 2010

In her timely contribution to revisionist approaches in modernist studies, Lorraine Sim offers a reading of Virginia Woolf's conception of ordinary experience as revealed in her fiction and nonfiction. Contending that Woolf's representations of everyday life both acknowledge and provide a challenge to characterizations of daily life as mundane, Sim shows how Woolf explores the potential of everyday experience as a site of personal meaning, social understanding, and ethical value. »Read More(opens in a new window)

 

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Nicholas Jose The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian LiteratureNicholas Jose, General Editor The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, published by Allen & Unwin, 2009

Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety. »Read More (opens in a new window)

 


Chris Andrews Nazi Literature in the Americas book coverChris Andrews translator Nazi Literature in the Americas by Roberto Bolaño, published by New Directions, 2009

Chris Andrews has translated the first of Roberto Bolaño's books to reach a wide public. When it was published by Seix Barral in 1996, critics in Spain were quick to recognize the arrival of an important new talent. The book presents itself as a biographical dictionary of American writers who flirted with or espoused extreme right-wing ideologies in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.»Read More (opens in a new window)

 

 

 

Ehsan Azari Lacan and the Destiny of Literature Book Cover Ehsan Azari Lacan and the Destiny of Literature, published by Continuum, 2009

In contemporary academic literary studies, Lacan is often considered impenetrably obscure, due to the unavailability of his late works, insufficient articulation of his methodologies and sometimes stereotypical use of Lacanian concepts in literary theory. This study aims to integrate Lacan into contemporary literary study by engaging with a broad range of Lacanian theoretical concepts, often for the first time in English, and using them to analyse a range of key texts from different periods. »Read More (opens in a new window)

 

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Hazel Smith The Erotics of Geography Book CoverHazel Smith The Erotics of Geography, published by Tin Fish Press, 2008 

Hazel Smith, author of the creative writing text, The Writing Experiment, shows us how it's done in this spirited book of performance poems, collages, elegies, meditations, explorations of gossip, uncertain identities, bodies and the city, to say nothing of "acts of omission." An accompanying cd-rom includes new media and performance works by Hazel Smith and Roger Dean. »Read More (opens in a new window)

 

 

 

Chris Andrews Amulet book cover Chris Andrews translator Amulet by Roberto Bolaño, published by New Directions 2008

Amulet is a monologue, like Bolaño's acclaimed debut in English, By Night in Chile. The speaker is Auxilio Lacouture, a Uruguayan woman who moved to Mexico in the 1960s, becoming the "Mother of Mexican Poetry," hanging out with the young poets in the cafés and bars of the University. She's tall, thin, and blonde, and her favorite young poet in the 1970s is none other than Arturo Belano (Bolaño's fictional stand-in throughout his books). »Read More (opens in a new window)

 

 

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Gail Jones Sorry, published by Vintage Australia, 2007Gail Jones Sorry Book Cover

In the remote outback of Western Australia during World War II, English anthropologist Nicholas Keene and his wife, Stella, raise a lonely child, Perdita. Her upbringing is far from ordinary: in a shack in the wilderness, with a distant father burying himself in books and an unstable mother whose knowledge of Shakespeare forms the backbone of the girl's limited education. Emotionally adrift, Perdita becomes friends with a deaf and mute boy, Billy, and an Aboriginal girl, Mary. »Read More (opens in a new window)

 

 

Chris Peterson Kindred Specters Book Cover

Chris Peterson Kindred Specters, University of Minnesota Press, 2007

The refusal to recognize kinship relations among slaves, interracial couples, and same-sex partners is steeped in historical and cultural taboos. In Kindred Specters, Christopher Peterson explores the ways in which non-normative relationships bear the stigma of death that American culture vehemently denies. »Read More (opens in a new window)

 

 

 

Sara Knox The Orphan Gunner Book CoverSara Knox The Orphan Gunner, published by Giramondo, 2007

The Orphan Gunner is an unconventional romance set in bomber command in Lincolnshire during the Second World War. Evelyn and Olive grew up together in the Canabolas Valley near Orange. They are in England at the outbreak of war: Evelyn as a pilot in the Air Transport Auxiliary, Olive in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force. They’re joined by Evelyn’s brother Duncan, a novice gunner in Lancaster L-Love, flying bombing raids over Germany. »Read More (opens in a new window)

 

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Alexis Wright Carpentaria Book CoverAlexis Wright Carpentaria, published by Giramondo, 2006

Winner of the 2007 Miles Franklin Award. This novel’s portrait of life in the precariously settled coastal town of Desperance centres on the powerful Phantom family, leader of the Westend Pricklebush people, and its battles with old Joseph Midnight’s renegade Eastend mob on the one hand, and the white officials of Uptown and the neighbouring Gurfurrit mine on the other. »Read More (opens in a new window)

 

 

 

Anthony Uhlmann Samuel Beckett and the Philosophical Image Book Cover Anthony Uhlmann Samuel Beckett and the Philosophical Image, Cambridge University Press, 2006

Beckett often made use of images from the visual arts and readapted them, staging them in his plays, or using them in his fiction. Anthony Uhlmann sets out to explain how an image differs from other terms, like 'metaphor' or 'representation', and, in the process, to analyse Beckett's use of images borrowed from philosophy and aesthetics. »Read More (opens in a new window)

 

 

 

Hazel Smith The Writing Experiment Book Cover Hazel Smith The Writing Experiment, published by Allen & Unwin, 2005

The Writing Experiment demystifies the process of creative writing, showing that successful work does not arise from talent or inspiration alone. Hazel Smith breaks down writing into incremental stages, revealing processes that are often unconscious or unacknowledged, and shows how they can become part of a systematic writing strategy. »Read More (opens in a new window)

 

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Novel Translated

Centre Member Alexis Wright has had her novel Carpentaria translated into Chinese. ››Read More