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Dr. Cassandra Atherton
|Area||School of Communication & Creative Arts|
|Phone||+61 3 522 72585|
|Role and profile||
Dr Cassandra Atherton has established record of outstanding academic performance. Her PhD thesis, dealing with a previously neglected aspect of a major Australian writer, has appeared as a monograph published by Australian Scholarly Press. Several related articles have appeared in refereed journals and a book of her interviews with American Public Intellectuals is scheduled for publication in July, 2013. Work on a third book, dealing with the role of public intellectuals in the United States, is well-advanced. Several proposed chapters from this book have already appeared in international journals. She recently was invited to give a paper at the Harvard Public Intellectual Conference.
Cassandra is also an accomplished fiction writer and poet and has published short stories and poems/prose poems in a range of Australian and international journals. She has a novel, The Man Jar, published by Printed Matter Press (New York and Tokyo) and a chapbook of poetry, After Lolita, published by Ahadada Press (Toronto and Tokyo).
Cassandra was the recipient of the Felix Meyer Fellowship, where she travelled to Japan to research the floating world for her second novel. Her interests are wide-ranging but well-focussed. Her particular concern is how post-modern writers and thinkers negotiate the complexities and contradictions of the contemporary world so as to express their ideas with clarity to a diverse audience.
See www.cassandra-atherton.com for more information.
ALL376 - Classics and Trash
ACM337 - Study tour
Cassandra's research interests include: Australian poetry, subpersonality theory, canonical studies, poet-academics and creative writing in tertiary institutions, public
intellectuals, the floating world in Japan, Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.
|Current research projects||
Cassandra is currently writing a book 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.)
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 is also researching the phenomenon of the poet-academic in Australia since 1940 for a book which will investigate, among other things, whether the poet had to move into the academy in order to survive financially.
Creatively, Cassandra is writing a second book of poems and prose poems based on literary obsession, entitled Exhumed.
|Service to the University,
discipline or community
Interview and poet profile:“Nothing Rhymes with RRR”, recorded 15th March, 2010, RRR headquarters, East Brunswick.
L'Oreal Fashion Week - Reading the City: Poetry in fashion. Speaker and panel member at the APC Wheeler Centre with Jenny Bannister, Sarah Gale and Lisa Gorton. Saturday 20th March, 2010.
Poems from Home: Australian Poetry Centre. Invited to read a suite of poems for the wider poetry community. June, 2010.
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.
|Qualifications||BA (Hons), M.A, Grad. Dip. Ed., PhD (Uni of Melb.)|
Harvard Public Intellectual Conference, 2013.
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.
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