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Prof David Mccooey

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Personal Chair

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Ed

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 1994

Contact

david.mccooey@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 71331

Biography

David is an international expert in Australian literary studies. His areas of speciality are autobiography and poetry. His Artful Histories: Modern Australian Autobiography was published by Cambridge University Press in 1996, the same year that the book was awarded a NSW Premiers Literary Award. His publications on poetry include the Contemporary Poetry chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature (2000), the Poetry: 1970-2005 chapter in The Companion to Australian Literature (2007), and the 'Autobiography' chapter in The Cambridge History of Australian Literature. David has also written numerous essays and reviews for scholarly and general publications such as Criticism, Biography, Southerly, Meanjin, Westerly, Australian Book Review, The Age, The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald and JASAL. David has also written Introductions to 30 Australian Poets (UQP, 2011) and Rosemary Dobson Collected (UQP, 2012).

David has been the co-recipient of a number of ARC Grants, including a Discovery Grant on 'Australian literature and the public sphere'. In 2004 he was invited to guest-edit a special issue of the refereed journal Life Writing on Life Writing and the Public Sphere. From 2003-2006 he was associate editor of the literary journal, Space: New Writing. He is an editorial board member of Life Writing and Antipodes: The North American Journal of Australian Literature. He has been a guest at a number of literary festivals, including the 2012 Melbourne Writers' Festival. In 2006 he was the co-recipient (with Professor Jill Roe and Professor Nicholas Jose) of an ARC Linkage Grant (of $240 000) for the project The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, of which David is the Deputy General Editor. The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature was published in 2009 and in 2010 it won the 'Special Award' in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Thomas Keneally described the anthology as being 'Unprecedented in the breadth of what it offers from both the ancient and the recent literature of the country'.

David is also a poet. His first book of poetry, Blister Pack was published internationally by Salt Publishing in 2005. Blister Pack won the Mary Gilmore Award (for a first book of poetry) and was short-listed for four major awards, including The Melbourne Prize for Literature (New Writing Award), Australias richest literary award. A fine-press chapbook, Graphic: Two Sequences, appeared in 2010. His second full-length collection, Outside, was published by Salt Publishing in 2011. It was short listed for the Queensland Literary Awards and it was a Finalist for the Melbourne Prize for Literature's $30 000 Best Writing Award in 2012. His poetry has also appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Age, Southerly, Australian Book Review, The Best Australian Poems 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 and The Best Australian Poetry 2007. In 2013 he was the first Poetry Editor of Australian Book Review.

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Research interests

Australian poetry and autobiography
Literature and the public sphere

Affiliations

Professional Associations


  • Association for the Study of Australian Literature
  • American Association of Australian Literary Studies
  • Australian Association of Writing Programs
  • Honorary Associate, The Centre for The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, Department of English, Macquarie University, NSW
  • Units taught

    second-level literary studies (ALL201/ALL202), professional writing (poetry and creative non-fiction), honours research methods, honours and HDR supervision

    Professional activities

  • HDR (Higher Degrees by Research) Coordinator (Geelong campus)
  • Professional and Creative Writing Campus Coordinator (Geelong campus)
  • 2004-2006, Associate Head of School

    Community Involvement

  • Poetry Judge, Peter Porter Poetry Prize (2012-2013)
  • Judge, the National Biography Award (2003; 2010)
  • Poetry Judge, The Age Book of the Year Award (2008; 2011)
  • Convenor, Poetry Judging Panel, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards (2004)
  • co Judge of the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize (2003)
  • Associate Editor, Space: New Writing (2003-2006) Editorial Board Membership:
  • Antipodes: The North American Journal of Australian Literature
  • Life Writing
  • Awards

    2012 Finalist, Melbourne Prize for Literature’s ‘Best Writing Award’ (triennial, all genres) (for Outside).
    2012 Shortlisted, Queensland Literary Awards (Poetry) (for Outside).
    2010 Winner, ‘Special Award’, NSW Premier’s Literary Award (for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature).
    2010 Winner, the Australian Educational Publishing Awards, Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Scholarly Reference (for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature).
    2010 Short-listed, Australian Book Industry Awards, General Non-Fiction (for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature).
    2006 Winner, Mary Gilmore Award (for the best first book of poetry in the preceding two calendar years, Blister Pack).
    2006 Short-listed, The Melbourne Prize for Literature (New Writing Award, Blister Pack).
    2005  Short-listed, WA Premier’s Book Awards (Poetry: Blister Pack).
    2005  Short-listed, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards (Poetry: Blister Pack).
    2005  Short-listed, The Age Book of the Year Award (Poetry: Blister Pack).
    1997 Short-listed, Colin Roderick Award for Best Australian Book (Artful Histories).
    1996  NSW Premier’s Literary Award (for Artful Histories).
    1993 Eva Veronka Vidak Memorial Prize (Sydney University, award for PhD thesis).

    Publications

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    2016

    Jim Morrison's aubade

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2016), pp. 1-1, Cordite poetry review, Melbourne, Vic., J3

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    2015

    How to be a better elvis

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2015), pp. 106-106, The best Australian poems 2015, Collingwood, Vic., J3

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    2014

    This voice: the poetry of knowing and not knowing

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2014), pp. 1-1, Axon: creative explorations, Canberra, A. C. T., C1

    journal

    Yield

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2014), Melbourne, Vic., J3

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    There

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2014), pp. 350-351, The Turnrow anthology of contemporary Australian poetry, Monroe, La., J3

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    Sandwich meat

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2014), pp. 134-134, The best Australian poems 2014, Collingwood, Vic., J3

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    Grand designs

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2014), pp. 352-352, The Turnrow anthology of contemporary Australian poetry, Monroe, La., J3

    works
    2013

    Bad memories: Mary Lord's Hal Porter man of many parts

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2013), pp. 470-476, Telling stories: Australian life and literature 1935-2012, Melbourne, Vic., B1

    chapter

    Sandwich meat

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2013), pp. 43-43, Australian poetry journal, Melbourne, Vic., J3-1

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    Darkness speaks

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2013), pp. 42-42, The Best Australian Poems 2013, Collingwood, Vic., B1

    chapter

    Three poems: darkness speaks, the cat's pyjamas, rhyming 1970s

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2013), pp. -, Snorkel, Mosman, N.S.W., J3

    works
    2012

    Introduction

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2012), pp. xvi-xx, Rosemary Dobson : collected, St Lucia, Qld, B1

    chapter

    This voice and notes

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2012), pp. 270-271, Notes for the translators : from 140 New Zealand and Australian poets, Macao, China, J3

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    Fear of music : sounded poetry and the poetry soundtrack

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2012), Vol. 1, pp. 1-16, Axon : creative explorations, Canberra, A. C. T., C1

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    Poetry, terrorism, and the uncanny : “Timothy McVeigh’s ‘invictus’”

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2012), Vol. 54, pp. 485-505, Criticism, Detroit, Mich., C1

    journal

    A personal history of A Clockwork Orange

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2012), pp. 1-5, Jacket2, Philadelphia, Pa., J3

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    Poets, apples and androids

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2012), Vol. 2, pp. 97-110, Australian poetry journal, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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    Another dream

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2012), pp. 1-1, Axon : explorations in creativity, Canberra, A. C. T., J2

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    Letter to Ken Bolton

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2012), pp. 80-82, The best Australian poems 2012, Collingwood, Vic., J3

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    Letter to Ken Bolton

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2012), pp. 1-1, Weekend Australian, Sydney, N.S.W., J3

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    Car

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2012), pp. 1-1, Axon : explorations in Creativity, Canberra, A. C. T., J2

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    Another A.M. dream

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2012), pp. 1-1, Axon : explorations in creativity, Canberra, A. C. T., J2

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    A.M.

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2012), pp. 1-1, Axon : explorations in creativity, Canberra, A. C. T., J2

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    2011

    Curse

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2011), pp. 5-5, Rabbit, Melbourne, Vic., J3

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    Weldon Kees

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2011), pp. 109-109, Best Australian Poems 2011, Collingwood, Vic., J3

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    Introduction

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2011), pp. xiv-xviii, Thirty Australian poets, St Lucia, Qld., B1

    chapter

    Outside

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2011), London, UK, J1

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    These nights

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2011), pp. 40-40, Australian poetry journal, Melbourne, Vic., J3

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    Review : you can't be serious

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2011), pp. 94-99, Australian poetry journal, Melbourne, Vic, J3

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    Collective hypnosis

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2011), pp. 1-1, Cordite poetry review, Melbourne, Vic., J2-1

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    2010

    Autobiography in Australian parliamentary first speeches

    Prof David Mccooey, Prof David Lowe

    (2010), Vol. 33, pp. 68-83, Biography (Honolulu) : an interdiscliplinary quarterly, Honolulu, Hi., C1

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    Graphic : two sequences

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2010), Geelong, Vic., J1

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    Blank page : the location of creativity

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2010), pp. 1-8, 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

    Migration

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2010), pp. 208-209, Westerly, Perth, W.A., J3

    works

    Landscape/psyche

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2010), pp. 1-1, Ekleksographia, Berkeley, Calif., J3

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    Trio of dips

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2010), pp. 1-1, Ekleksographia, Berkeley, Calif., J3

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    5

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2010), pp. 1-1, Ekleksographia, Berkeley, Calif., J3

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    2009

    The lights in the street

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2009), pp. 9-9, Prosopisia, India, J3

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    Newspapers make their way

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2009), pp. 8-8, Prosopisia, India, J3

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    Going public : a decade of Australian autobiography

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2009), pp. 329-338, Reading down under : Australian literary studies reader, New Delhi, India, B1

    chapter

    Autobiography

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2009), pp. 323-343, The Cambridge history of Australian literature, Port Melbourne, Victoria, B1

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    Poetry and public speech: three traces

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2009), Vol. 9, pp. 1-11, Journal of the association for the study of Australian literature, Crawley, W.A., C1

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    Visions and sensations : poets on film

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2009), pp. 290-299, Literature and sensation, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, B1

    chapter

    Night frequencies

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2009), pp. -, Moving galleries : moving Melbourne through art, Melbourne, Vic., J2

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    On wasting time

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2009), pp. 227-227, Meanjin, Carlton, Vic., J3

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    Memory & slaughter

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2009), pp. 136-140, The best Australian poems 2009, Melbourne, Vic., J3

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    The ultrasound

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2009), pp. 37-38, Eureka street, Richmond, Vic., J3

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    A.M.

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2009), pp. 29-29, The Age, Melbourne, Vic., J3

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    2008

    Drinking with my brother

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2008), pp. 8-8, Blue dog: Australian poetry, Wollongong, N.S.W, J3

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    A.M.

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2008), Clifton Hills, Vic., J3

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    Newton

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2008), pp. -, Salt Magazine, Perth, W.A., J3

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    2007

    Rock music

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2007), pp. -, Best Australian poems 2007, Melbourne, Vic., J3

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    More mutant proverbs

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2007), pp. 286-286, Southerly, Sydney, N.S.W., J3

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    Evening

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2007), pp. 284-284, Southerly, Sydney, N.S.W., J3

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    Heaven

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2007), pp. 285-285, Southerly, Sydney, N.S.W., J3

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    An essay on Stanley Kubrick's The Shining

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2007), pp. 37-38, Best Australian poetry, St Lucia, Qld., J3

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    Yield

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2007), pp. 81-81, Island, Sandy Bay, Tas., J3

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    Illness

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2007), Clifton Hills, Vic., J3

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    An apology to dogs

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2007), pp. 140-140, Antipodes, Brooklyn, N.Y., J3

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    Outside

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2007), pp. 80-80, Island, Sandy Bay, Tas., J3

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    Australian poetry, 1970-2005

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2007), pp. 191-205, Companion to Australian literature since 1900, Rochester, N.Y., B1

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    2006

    Anger

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2006), pp. 127-127, Best Australian poems 2006, Melbourne, Vic., J3

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    Notes on Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2006), pp. 49-51, Southerly, Sydney, N.S.W., J3

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    Hands

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2006), pp. 118-118, Australian book review, Kensington Park, S.A., J3

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    Going public : a decade of Australian autobiography

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2006), pp. 25-31, Australian book review, Melbourne, Vic., C1

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    2005

    Dentist

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2005), pp. 187-187, Rags of time, Geelong, Vic., J3

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    Surviving Australian poetry : the new lyricism

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2005), Vol. 41, pp. 22-37, Agenda (London), London, England, C1-1

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    Blister pack

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2005), Cambridge, England, J1

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    You can't say no to the Beauty and the Beast : Shrek and ideology

    A/Prof Maria Takolander, Prof David Mccooey

    (2005), Vol. 15, pp. 5-14, Papers : explorations into children's literature, Victoria Park, W.A., C1

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    Marginalia: the public life of Australian poetry

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2005), pp. 65-73, Text, Gold Coast, Qld., C1

    journal

    Surviving Australian poetry: the new lyricism

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2005), Vol. 4, pp. 62-70, Blue dog : Australian poetry, Wollongong, N.S.W., C1

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    North Geelong

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2005), pp. 188-188, Rags of time, Geelong, Vic., J3

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    2004

    Morning

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2004), pp. 187-187, Writings : a book of evidence, Geelong, Vic., J3

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    Fakes, literary identity and public culture

    A/Prof Maria Takolander, Prof David Mccooey

    (2004), Vol. 3, pp. 57-65, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature : JASAL, Toowoomba, Qld, C1

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    2003

    Love & anger

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2003), pp. 48-48, Antipodes, Woodbridge, VA, J3

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    2002

    God : Lovers underwater : What to do with the evening (ii). (Three poems)

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2002), pp. 137-139, Winnowings, Geelong, Vic., J3

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    God

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2002), pp. 27-27, Australian Book Review, Kensington Park, S.A., J1

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    Orientalism and nostalgia: Hal Porter and Japan

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2002), pp. 91-101, Selves crossing cultures - autobiography and globalisation, Kew, Vic., B1

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    Vestiges : narrative and autobiography in Australian elegy

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2002), pp. 65-76, La poesie Australienne: une approche possible: le critique a l`oeuvre, Valenciennes, France, B1

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    Poems

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2002), pp. 77-82, La poesie Australienne: une approche possible: le critique a l`oeuvre, Valenciennes, France, B1-1

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    2001

    Garlands

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2001), pp. -, In disguise : sublime visitations, Geelong, Vic., J3

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    Questions in philosophy

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2001), pp. -, Persuasions, Geelong, Vic., J3

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    What are we doing here?: A.D. Hope's ascent into hell

    Prof David Mccooey

    (2001), Vol. 61, pp. 112-116, Southerly, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1

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