Dr Cassandra Atherton

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2004

Contact

Biography

Cassandra Atherton is an award winning writer, critic and balletomane from Melbourne, Australia.  She completed her MA and PhD at The University of Melbourne under the supervision of Australian poet, Chris Wallace-Crabbe.

She has held lectureships at The University of Melbourne, The University of Western Sydney and Deakin University, lecturing in Australian literature, Canonical Poetry, Literary Classics, Romanticism, Modernism and Creative Writing.

She will take up a position as a Harvard Visiting Scholar in 2015 - 2016 and was a Visiting Professor at Sophia University, Tokyo in 2014.    She is an affiliate of the Monash Japanese Studies Center.  Cassandra was invited to be a judge for the Victorian Premier's Prize for Poetry in 2015.

Cassandra has published extensively in international literary journals.  Her writing has been described as ‘darkly Nabokovian’ and ‘ripe with literary word games’.  She has published a novel, The Man Jar (Printed Matter Press: Tokyo and New York, 2010); a book of prose poetry, After Lolita (Ahadada Press, Toronto and Tokyo, 2010); a book of literary criticism, Flashing Eyes and Floating Hair: A Reading of Gwen Harwood’s Pseudonymous Poetry (Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 2007) and a book of interviews with American public intellectuals, In So Many Words (ASP, 2013).  She has edited Travelling Without Gods: A Chris Wallace-Crabbe Companion (MUP, 2013) and Intersections: Gender and History (MUP, 2000). She will also edit special editions of the refereed journals MIA (with Professor David Marshall on Public Intellectuals) and Axon (with Dr Antonia Pont, on collaboration).  She is the curator of an edition of Mascara Literary Journal on prose poetry.  Most recently, Cassandra completed a copper plate etching with artist Robin Wallace-Crabbe entitled 'Looking Glass World' (Mountains Brown Press, 2014).  She is a reviewer and Editorial Advisor for Australian Book Review.

One of Australia’s leading experts on public intellectuals in academe and a specialist on Gwen Harwood’s poetry, Cassandra is also an accomplished interviewer.  Her awards include a Felix Meyer scholarship to travel to Tokyo and study the Floating World; the Mary Schroeder award for her interview with Howard Zinn; a Blanc Literary award for best experimental debut novel and numerous teaching awards, which allowed her to travel to New Orleans to research hurricane boxes.

Cassandra married American history lecturer, Glenn Moore, in Boston, MA.  They live in Moonee Ponds with their two ragdoll cats, Bellamy and Tallulah and dream of a brownstone in Back Bay with clam chowder on tap.  Cassandra loves Mikhail Baryshnikov, Christian Louboutin shoes, ball gowns, Japanese cherry blossoms and Long Island Iced Teas at Half Time Bar in Narita.

She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies & Professional and Creative Writing at Deakin University.

 

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Career highlights

Harvard Visiting Scholar, 2015 - 2016  (Sponsor - Stephen Greenblatt)

Visiting Professor at Sophia University, Tokyo, 2014

Premier's Prize for Poetry judge, 2014-2015

ABR Editorial Advisor 2013 onwards

Blanc Award for Best Debut Experimental novel, 2010

Mary Schroeder Award for best interview article, 2011

Deakin University Teacher of the Year 2011

Deakin Commendations for Teaching Excellence from 2009 onwards

Research interests

Cassandra's research interests include: public intellectuals, Australian poetry, subpersonality theory, canonical studies, poet-academics and creative writing in tertiary institutions, the floating world in Japan, Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.

Affiliations

AAWP
Writers Victoria
APC
AASRN

Teaching interests

I teach in the Literary Studies and Professional & Creative Writing disciplines.

I am extremely interested in the link between these two disciplines and the way in which they can work to inform one another.

Within these disciplines I am a specialist in Australian literature, canonical literature and popular culture, as well as Japanese texts in translation.

In PCW I am most experienced in fiction (extended and short), poetry and Creative Non Fiction.

Units taught

ALW 101 - Writing Craft

ALW 102 - Writing Space

ALW 225 - Fiction Writing

ALL 376 - Classics and Trash

Conferences

Harvard Public Intellectual Conference, 2013 and 2014. Celebrity Studies international conference, Deakin, 2012. AAWP - Encounters Conference, Deakin, 2012. AAWP - Strange Bedfellows Conference, RMIT, 2010. Emerson College Poetry conference, Emerson College, Massachusetts, 2010. Poetry and Myth conference, The University of Melbourne, October 2008. La Trobe Fooled conference, April 2005. International Humanities conference in Hawaii, 2005, chaired Literature and English sessions and presented two papers. Core at Animal Sex: New Melbourne Writers, 2003 Con-Fuse-ion At Fuse: Inaugural Antithesis conference 2003 Rouge at Animal: New Melbourne Writers, 2003 Jaded as Guest Writer at Voiceworks:Trash conference; 50th edition. In the Dreaded Park: Gwen Harwood and Subpersonality Theory at University of Melbourne Postgraduate conference 2002 Ern Malley and Walter Lehmann at ASAL conference 2001 Shrink at Cache: New Melbourne Writers conference 2001 Pink Fissures at Dislocations: International Writers Conference 2000.

Research groups

ADRI

PCP Emerging Research Group

Awards

Deakin University Teacher of the Year
WJC Banks Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning
Vice Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching
Deakin University Commendations for Teaching Excellence
Australian Postgraduate Award
Felix Meyer Fellowship
University of California award for best interview-article
Blanc Literary Award for best experimental debut novel.

Projects

Cassandra is currently writing two books.  The first is on the changing role of the public intellectual, entitled, Wise Guys. It is based on her interviews with thirteen American public intellectuals (Noam Chomsky,Harold Bloom, Camille Paglia, Alan Lightman, Stephen Greenblatt, Howard Zinn, Paul Kane, Kenneth T. Jackson, Jim Cullen, Jim Green, Todd Gitlin, Kevin Baker, Chairman Dana Gioia.)  The second concerns Miyazaki Hayao as reluctant public intellectual.  By analysing the anime he has written and directed through Studio Ghibli, Cassandra suggests ways in which his intellectual views are made public.

Cassandra's research plans also involve investigating the academic as celebrity after interviewing Dr Bonn Blossman from the US reality television show, Big Rich Texas.  She gave a paper at the Celebrity Studies conference in December 2012 about this phenomenon. Two newspaper articles on her research appeared in The Australian and the Geelong Advertiser.

Creatively, Cassandra is writing a second book of poems and prose poems based on literary obsession, entitled Exhumed.  She is working with artist and publisher, Phil Day, on a series of art and poetry books.

Publications

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2015

Symmetry

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2015), , J2

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Plum(b)

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2015), pp. 1-1, Australian book review, Melbourne, Vic., J3

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Fairest of them all

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2015), Wester Australia, J2

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Give back peace that will never end: Hibakusha poets as public intellectuals

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2015), Vol. 13, pp. 1-1, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Ithaca, N.Y., C1

journal

Havisham

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2015), pp. 1-1, Apocrypha abstractions, , J2

works

'Unconscionable mystification'? : rooms, spaces and the prose poem

Paul Hetherington, Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 265-281, New writing: the international journal for the practice and theory of creative writing, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal

'Very inflated rhetoric polysyllables and so on': the public intellectual and jargon in the academy

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2015), pp. 98-107, Media international Australia, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal

Pegs

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2015), Canberra, A.C.T., J3

works

Trace [book of poetry]

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2015), Braidwood, N. S. W., J1

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Ophelia

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2015), Vol. IPSI Seeds, pp. 89-90, Seam: Prose Poetry Project, Canberra, A. C. T., J3

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Adaptation

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2015), Vol. IPSI Seeds, pp. 29-31, Seam: Prose Poetry Project, University of Canberra, A. C. T., J3

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Situating public intellectuals

Prof David Marshall, Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2015), pp. 69-78, Media International Australia, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal

Exhumed [book of poetry]

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2015), Wollongong, N.S.W., J1

works

Poetic boundary conditions : Australian poets in the ivory tower

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2015), Vol. 25, pp. 169-182, Journal of gender studies, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal

Sketch notes, 1, 2, 3

Dr Cassandra Atherton, Phil Day

(2015), Melbourne, Vic., J1

works
2014

'Hottie Doctors': academics as celetoids, a case study of Dr Bonnie Blossman and Big, Rich Texas

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 79-82, Celebrity studies, Abingdon, England, C1

journal

Humbert

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2014), pp. -, Tincture Journal, Rushcutters Bay, NSW, J3

works

Bridges across time

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2014), pp. 1-12, Travelling without gods: A Chris Wallace-Crabbe companion., Melbourne, Vic, B1

chapter

Cox

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2014), pp. 197-197, Melbourne subjective anthology: an anthology of contemporary Melbourne writing, Port Melbourne, Vic, J3

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Seed

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2014), pp. 42-42, Scrivener creative review, Montreal, Que., J3

works

Rubbish

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2014), pp. 91-91, Flashing the square : microfiction & prose poems, Strawberry Hills, N. S. W., J2

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Without a trace

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2014), pp. 17-17, Australian poetry journal, Melbourne, Vic., J3

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White noise

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2014), pp. 36-37, [Spineless wonders], Strawberry Hills, N. S. W., J2

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Looking Glass World with illustrations by Robin Wallace-Crabbe

Dr Cassandra Atherton, R Wallace-Crabbe

(2014), Richmond, Vic., J2-1

works

Triangle fire

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2014), pp. 53-53, Flood, Fire and Famine, Port Adelaide, S. A., J3

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Valentine's day massacre

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2014), pp. 79-79, Overland, Melbourne Vic., J3

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2013

Southern kisses: a backyard in Slidell, Louisiana, 1982

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2013), pp. 1-1, Stereo stories, Melbourne, Vic., J2

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Testy

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2013), Melbourne, Vic., J2

works

In so many words: interviews with writers, scholars and intellectuals

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2013), Melbourne, Vic., A1

book

All the world's a stage: the production of the overseas intensive

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2013), pp. 152-159, Searching for the American dream: how a sense of place shapes the study of history, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, B1

chapter

The frog prince

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2013), Melbourne, Australia, J2

works

Anonymous

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2013), pp. 1-1, New Orleans Review, New Orleans, Louisiana, J3

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Double Event

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2013), pp. 1-2, Furia: New Writing, Melbourne, Vic., J2

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P.R.B

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2013), pp. 129-129, The Nest Australian Poems, Collingwood, Vic, J3

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Reading, writing, crafting – Innovations in first year tertiary writing pedagogy

Dr Cassandra Atherton, Dr Antonia Pont

(2013), pp. 1-13, Proceedings of the 18th conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, Canberra, A.C.T., E1

conference
2012

Poetry descends from the sacred : an interview with Camille Paglia

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2012), Vol. 22, pp. 84-95, Writing on the edge, Davis, Calif., C1

journal

The haunting : poetry and fashion in the creative writing workshop

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2012), Vol. 23, pp. 47-53, Writing on the edge, Davis, Calif., C1

journal

Prufrock's lover

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2012), pp. 49-50, Wet ink, Adelaide, S.A., J2

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Facebook stalking

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2012), pp. 61-61, LiNQ, Townsville, Qld., J3

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Danse macabre

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2012), pp. 1-1, Foame : e, St Lucia, Qld., J3

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Cherry bomb

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2012), pp. -, Verity La, Online, J2

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Fair is fowles

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2012), pp. 114-115, Famous reporter, Hobart, Tas., J2

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Act V

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2012), pp. 4-4, Famous reporter, Hobart, Tas., J3

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Homesick

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2012), pp. 1-1, Verity LA, Canberra, A.C.T., J2

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Charnel house lover

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2012), pp. 1-1, Unlikley stories : episode IV, United States, J2

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Remembering the triangle shirtwaist fire

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2012), Margaret River, W. A., J2

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Bonds

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2012), pp. 186-186, The best Australian poems 2012, Melbourne, Vic., J3

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Raining blood and money

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2012), pp. 50-55, Southerly, Sydney, NSW, J2-1

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Bonds

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2012), pp. 87-87, Overland, Melbourne, VIC, J3

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2011

Dessert wine

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2011), pp. 54-54, The attitude of cups : an anthology of Australian poetry about tea, wine and coffee, Melbourne, Vic, J3

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Indenting the white pillow with dreams : from morpheus to morphine : a study of Kinsella’s and Wallace-Crabbe’s recent poetry

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2011), pp. 55-68, Refashioning myth : poetic transformations and metamorphoses, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, B1

chapter

RIP

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2011), pp. 63-63, Rabbit : a poetry journal for new and emerging rabbits, Melbourne, Vic., J3

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Plath

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2011), pp. 22-22, Etchings : fiction, essays, photography, poetry, art, Elsternwick, Vic., J3

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Midnight

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2011), pp. 1-1, Cordite poetry review, Melbourne, Vic., J3

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Ravenous

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2011), pp. 80-80, Lemuria : rajasthan association of Indo-Australian studies, Ajmer, India, J3

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Two prose poems

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2011), pp. 1-1, Otoliths : a magazine of many e-things, Australia, J3

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Staffroom confidential

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2011), pp. 1-9, Griffith Review, Nathan, Qld., J2

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Shinjuku morning

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2011), pp. 1-1, Peril magazine, unknown, J3

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Bento

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2011), pp. 1-1, 21D Magazine, Melbourne, Vic., J3

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Shrink

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2011), pp. 155-156, Lightship anthology 1, Richmond, England, J2

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2010

Sleeping with the enemy : creative writing and theory in the academy

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2010), pp. 1-10, AAWP 2010 : The Strange Bedfellows or Perfect Partners Papers : the refereed proceedings of the 15th conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, 2010, Melbourne, Vic., E1

conference

Reading the city: poetry in fashion

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2010), Melbourne, Vic., J2

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"If you don't want to take risks, then you have to be silent" : an interview with Howard Zinn.

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2010), Vol. 20, pp. 86-94, Writing on the edge : a journal about writing and teaching writing, Davis, Calif, C1-1

journal

After Lolita

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2010), Ontario, Canada, J1

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Neck

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2010), pp. 1-4, Mascara literary review, Wahroonga, N.S.W., J2

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Memoir : home is where the heart is : a question of belonging II

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2010), pp. 171-176, Griffith review : a quarterly review of writing & ideas, Nathan, Qld, J2

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Nectarines

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2010), pp. 32-33, Wet ink, Adelaide, S.A., J2

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Dedication

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2010), pp. 88-88, Sketch, West Melbourne, Vic., J3-1

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Dream triptych

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2010), pp. 132-134, Sketch, West Melbourne, Vic., J2

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Suburban sappho

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2010), pp. 1-2, Text : journal of writing and writing courses, Nathan, Qld., J3

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The man jar

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2010), Tokyo, Japan, J1-1

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2009

"Who drank the hemlock?" : an interview with Noam Chomsky

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2009), Vol. 19, pp. 91-99, Writing on the edge : a journal about writing and teaching writing, Davis, Calif., C1-1

journal

Core

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2009), pp. 219-221, Antithesis : an interdisciplinary postgraduate journal, Melbourne, Vic., J2-1

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Aubade

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2009), pp. 224-225, Antithesis : an interdisciplinary postgraduate journal, Melbourne, Vic., J2-1

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2008

The life of the imagination goes on everywhere : an interview with Stephen Greenblatt

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2008), Vol. 18, pp. -, Writing on the edge : a journal about writing and teaching writing, Davis, Calif., C1-1

journal
2007

‘My history is a tile in a mosaic’ : an interview with Jim Cullen

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2007), Vol. 1, pp. 64-72, A J A S, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1

journal

An interview with Dana Gioia : Tradition is a romance

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2007), Vol. 18, pp. 87-93, Writing on the edge : a journal about writing and teaching writing, Davis, Calif., C1-1

journal

Deep subjectivity : Harold Bloom

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2007), Vol. 17, pp. 1-9, Writing on the edge : a journal about writing and teaching writing, Davis, Calif., C1-1

journal
2006

Libretto

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2006), pp. 64-67, Hidden desires : Australian women writing, Charnwood, A.C.T., B1-1

chapter

Flashing eyes and floating hair : a reading of Gwen Harwood's pseudonymous poetry

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2006), Kew, Vic., A1-1

book
2005

In the dreaded park : Gwen Harwood and subpersonality theory

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2005), pp. 133-140, Journal of Australian studies, London, England, C1-1

journal

Life is dangerous : an interview with Alan Lightman

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2005), Vol. 16, pp. 1-8, Writing on the edge : a journal about writing and teaching writing, Davis, Calif., C1-1

journal

Asuka and the floating city

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2005), pp. 92-95, Philament : an online journal of the arts and culture, Sydney, NSW, J2-1

works
2004

Mrs Robinson

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2004), Vol. 14, pp. 125-127, Antithesis : fuse, Parkville, Vic., C1-1

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Post-Lolita

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2004), pp. 20-21, Muse, Melbourne, Vic., J3-1

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2003

"The edge of something" : stasis and rebirth in the recent poetry of Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2003), Vol. 17, pp. 38-42, Antipodes : a North American journal of Australian literature, New York, N.Y., C1-1

journal

Moulin Rouge laundromat

Dr Cassandra Atherton

(2003), pp. 189-196, Island : a magazine of excellence and variety, Sandy Bay, Tas., J2-1

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