Dr Patrick West

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer in Writing and Literature

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Ed

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 1995

Biography

I am a writer and academic with an established profile within and outside of academia as a creative writing practitioner, literary critic, and academic specialist in areas including creative writing theory, practice as research, place-based studies, the history, theory and practice of the short story and novel, the theory and practice of scriptwriting and cross-artform productions, and various domains of cultural, feminist and text-based (especially screen-based and page-based) theory. Most of my education took place in Melbourne, highlighted by a PhD from The University of Melbourne (1995), but I have also studied, researched and taught in universities across Australia, China and Europe. Interwoven with my disciplinary and cross-disciplinary expertise and the projects this expertise sustains, I have a special interest in global postgraduate education and in the design and running of PhD teaching and learning models aimed at maximum student satisfaction combined with high-level pedagogic, community and research impacts. I have won numerous awards and prizes for my creative writing (especially for my short stories), had success with both internal and external competitive grant applications, and am often invited to examine and supervise PhD and other theses. I have a Master of Arts (Creative Writing) from Edith Cowan University (1999) and a Bachelor of Arts (Degree with Honours, 1st Class) from The University of Melbourne (1990). I also have a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from Griffith University (2001). I have been a writer in residence at least twice. For several years, I led the Deakin University and community-based creative-arts research group, Flows & Catchments. In 2016, I took on the role of Higher Degree Research Coordinator in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University. I am a regular referee for various academic and creative-arts journals and I am a full member of the peak Australian professional writing body, the Australian Society of Authors (ASA).

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Biography summary

I am a writer and academic active across the borderlines of academia and public spaces of discourse and impact and my expertise straddles creative-arts practice and various modes of academic-disciplinary and cultural theory.

Research interests

Creative Writing

Short Story

Practice as Research

Place-Based Studies

Cross-Artform Collaboration

Literary and Screen Theory

Global Postgraduate Education

Teaching interests

Professional and Creative Writing, especially at first-year level

Practice as Research, especially for creative writers

Short Story (history, theory and practice)

The PhD within a global context

Units taught

ALW101 Writing Craft

ALW102 Writing Spaces

Knowledge areas

Creative Writing

Professional Writing

Short Story

Practice as Research

Place-Based Studies

Cross-Artform Collaboration

Literary and Screen Theory

Global Postgraduate Education

Conferences

Conference and Other Professional Presentations: Approximately 75.

Publications

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2017

In brief

P West, P West

(2017), Strawberry Hills, N.S.W., J2

works

'Nhill' and the Aboriginal Language Revival movement: relational identity, short story titles and 'contracts of homophony'

P West

(2017), Vol. 21, pp. 0-0, Text: Journal of writing and writing courses, Canberra, A.C.T., C1

journal
2016

Poetry

P West

(2016), Vol. 20, pp. 1-1, Text, Gold Coast, Qld., J2

works

'"Glossary Islands" as sites of the "abroad" in post-colonial literature: towards a new methodology for language and knowledge relations in Keri Hulme's The Bone People and Melissa Lucashenko's Mullumbimby

P West

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 1-1, M/C Journal, Australia, C1

journal

Doorknocking

P West

(2016), Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature, J1

works

Cicely, sis

P West

(2016), Vol. 4, pp. 51-55, Meniscus, [Australia], J2

works
2015

Towards a "non-didactic didacticism" of the sociopolitical: assemblages and the event in surface tension and shame

C Perazzo, P West

(2015), pp. 1-15, Axon: creative explorations, Canberra, A.C.T., C1

journal

The creative arts, environmental crises & well-being in globalized place: methodological considerations for an ecocritical mode of practice-based research

P West, B Warren

(2015), Vol. 1, pp. 156-184, Green humanities, Norfolk, Va., C1

journal

Democratic corporealities of love : the architectural cinema and eroticized publics of Pauline Kael

P West

(2015), Vol. 35, pp. 47-55, Post Script, Jacksonville, Fla., C1-1

journal
2014

Pauline Kael and the Western genre as critical displacement of self & nation: metaphorics and affects of 'taste' in American film criticism

P West

(2014), Vol. Special Issue: Taste and, and in, writing and publishing, pp. 1-10, Text, Gold Coast, Qld., C1

journal

Writing "nhill" : the short story as still life

Patrick West

(2014), pp. 154-162, Cracking the spine : ten short Australian stories and how they were written, Strawberry Hills, N. S. W., B1

chapter

Nhill

P West

(2014), pp. 145-153, Cracking the spine : ten short Australian stories and how they were written, Strawberry Hills, NSW, J1

works

Towards a politics and art of the land : gothic cinema of the Australian new wave and its reception by American film critics

P West

(2014), Vol. 17, pp. 1-5, M/C journal, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal

Whose hometown? Reception of Bruce Springsteen as an index of Australian national identities

B Warren, P West

(2014), Vol. 1, pp. 74-95, BOSS: the biannual online-journal of Springsteen studies, Charlottesville, Va., C1

journal

Writing and the 'moved' subject: or, how black comes from blue but is more than the blue

P West, C Coad

(2014), pp. 69-81, Creative manoeuvres: writing, making, being, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Eng., B1-1

chapter

The stillest of seas

P West

(2014), Vol. 2, pp. 1-1, 21D shorts, [Melbourne, Vic.], J3-1

works
2013

Cross-artform creative practice as still-life recovery: Chinese-Western materialisms of time, writing and death

P West, C Coad

(2013), pp. 1-14, Axon: creative explorations: contemporary creativity, poetry, images and design, Canberra, ACT, C1

journal

Drawing the line: Chinese calligraphy, cultural materialisms and the "remixing of remix'

P West, C Coad

(2013), Vol. 16, pp. 1-6, M/C Journal, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal

From ecological creativity to an ecology of well-being: 'flows & catchments' as a case study of NVivo

P West, B Warren

(2013), Vol. 5, pp. 1-15, Landscapes: the journal of the international centre for landscape and language, Perth, WA, C1

journal

Fell away....

P West

(2013), Warrnambool, Vic., J1

works

The artist as time swimmer

P West

(2013), Warrnambool, Vic., J2

works

Souvenirs of the senses

V Jeremijenko, P West, J Keane

(2013), Doha, Qatar, J1

works

Qasmonauts

P West

(2013), [Doha, Qatar], J1

works

Motherhood statements

P West

(2013), Vol. 1, pp. 49-52, Meniscus, Canberra, ACT, J2

works

Souvenirs of the senses: collaborative and cross-artform makings

P West, J Keane, V Jeremijenko, B Yyellard

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

conference

Words and things: souvenirs of over-site/over-sight for place-making

J Keane, P West, V Jeremijenko

(2013), pp. 1-12, Proceedings of the 18th Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference; 2013, Canbera, ACT, E1

conference

Material writing: Towards hybrid-making

J Keane, P West, V Jeremijenko

(2013), Proceedings of the 18th conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, Canbera, A.C.T., E1

conference

Spinoza/space/speed/sublime: Problems of philosophy and politics in the post-colonial fiction of Gerald Murnane

P West

(2013), Vol. 4, pp. 1-15, Journal of Postcolonial Cultures and Societies, Celina, Ohio, C1

journal
2012

Zones of practice : embodiment and creative arts research

R Drummond, J Keane, P West

(2012), Vol. 15, pp. 1-1, M/C Journal, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal

'Flows and catchments' : a mixed method study utilising nvivo to facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration incorporating practice-based research

P West, B Warren

(2012), Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Social Science Methodology, Sydney, N. S. W., E1

conference

The world-swimmers

P West

(2012), Verity La, Canberra, ACT, J2

works

Sisters of the sun

P West, S Wilmot

(2012), Melbourne, Vic, J1

works

After all, everything

P West, R Drummond

(2012), Melbourne, Vic, J2

works

Stay with me here

P West, R Drummond

(2012), Lake Bolac, Vic, J2

works
2011

Flows and catchments

D Armstrong, P Carter, R Drummond, D Joseph, J Keane, B Warren, P West, C Williams, S Wilmot

(2011), Warrnambool, Vic., J2

works
2010

'Coded in a code of the world' : minor literature and the time-image hidden in Janet Frame's late fiction?

P West

(2010), pp. 1-12, Double dialogues, Canterbury, Vic., C1

journal

The bird-watcher

P West

(2010), Vol. 4, pp. 11-15, Landscapes, Mount Lawley, W. A., J2

works

Spurned Winged Lover

P West

(2010), Mascara literary review, Wahroonga, N.S.W., J2

works

'Fell away towards the river. . . .'

P West

(2010), Vol. 1, pp. 101-104, Journal of postcolonial cultures and societies, Delray Beach, Fla., J2

works

Snowed under by tropical thoughts of snow

P West

(2010), Vol. 7, pp. 5-6, Paperplates : a magazine for fifty readers, Toronto, Canada, J2

works

Visiting possum brings tidings of joy

P West

(2010), pp. 153-154, Page seventeen, Knoxfield, Vic., J2

works
2009

Un-disciplined creatures : animal and human 'becomings' in CSI Miami

P West

(2009), pp. 136-149, Of mice and men : animals in human culture, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, B1

chapter

The city of our times : space, identity, and the body in CSI : Miami

P West

(2009), pp. 111-131, The CSI effect : television, crime, and governance, Lanham, Md., B1-1

chapter
2008

Theoretical allegory/allegorical theory : (post-)colonial spatializations in Janet Frame's The Carpathians and Julia Kristeva's The Old Man and the Wolves

P West

(2008), Vol. 26, pp. 73-94, Journal of New Zealand literature, Wellington, N.Z., C1-1

journal

The arts of gain : usury and substance in Elizabeth Jolley's The Newspaper of Claremont Street

P West

(2008), Vol. 22, pp. 65-70, Antipodes, Brooklyn, N.Y., C1-1

journal

Abject jurisdictions : CSI: Miami, globalisation and the body politic

P West

(2008), Vol. 3, pp. 60-75, Critical studies in television : scholarly studies in small screen fictions, Manchester, England, C1-1

journal

"A world the shape of an eye": Gerald Murnane's The Plains and Benedictus de Spinoza

P West

(2008), pp. 69-78, Fact & fiction : readings in Australian literature, New Delhi, India, B1-1

chapter

Nhill

P West

(2008), pp. 61-70, The penguin book of the road, Camberwell, Vic., J2

works

Natural history (world-swimming)

P West

(2008), pp. 33-38, The best Australian stories 2008, Melbourne, Vic., J2

works
2007

Recorded-voice formative assessment for creative writing students : a case study

P West

(2007), pp. 1-12, Segue : a journal of the arts, writing on writing, Middletown, Oh., C1-1

journal

Selling the script! The pedagogy of film co-production scriptwriting

P West, C Coad

(2007), pp. 1-8, Segue : a journal of the arts, writing on writing, Middletown, Oh., C1-1

journal

Horatio Caine's sunglasses and the criminalist viewer : looking and being looked at

P West

(2007), pp. 140-152, Reading CSI : crime tv under the microscope, London, England, B1-1

chapter

Is near to . . . and is . . . distant from : exegetical manoeuvres in Janet Frame's The Carpathians

P West

(2007), AAWP 2007 : and is papers: proceedings of the 12th conference of the AAWP, Canberra, A.C.T., E1-1

conference
2006

Abjection as 'singular politics' in Janet Frame's The Carpathians

P West

(2006), Vol. 9, M/C journal, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1

journal

Convergence potentials of collaboration and adaptation : a case study in progress

P West

(2006), Vol. 9, M/C journal, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1

journal

creativity.com : Aladdin's cave or pandora's box?

B Isakhan, J Nelson, P West

(2006), Vol. 9, pp. 1-1, M/C : a journal of media and culture, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1

journal
2005

Abjection and midwifery : towards a revision of Julia Kristeva's theory of the maternal

P West

(2005), Vol. 3, pp. 1-14, Verb, Bethlehem, Pa., C1-1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2015

Janice McClennan

Thesis entitled: Creative and literary responses to australian middle-class experiences of financial upheaval

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Valerie Jeremijenko

Thesis entitled: A Sibling Romance: The Sound of Romance Reimagined

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Associate Supervisor
2017

Debra Wain

Thesis entitled: Keepers of Culture: Women, Food and Writing

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2016

Angelina Mirabito

Thesis entitled: What Reading and Writing Trauma Fiction Illuminate about Post-Traumatic Growth.

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Scott Michael Pearce

Thesis entitled: Hegemonic Masculinity in Transition

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2015

Kaya Tatjana Barry

Thesis entitled: Creativity in-transit: material ideals and spatial negotiations

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2013

Daniel Tom Baker

Thesis entitled: Exploring the fantastic: new critical frameworks in an evolving genre

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts