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Prof. David McCooey
|Area||School of Communication & Creative Arts|
|Phone||+61 3 522 71331|
|Location||Waurn Ponds (Room ic1.113)|
|Role and profile||
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 Premier’s 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), Australia’s 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, and 2012 and The Best Australian Poetry 2007. In 2013 he became the first Poetry Editor of Australian Book Review.
|Teaching responsibilities||second-level literary studies (ALL201/ALL202), professional writing (poetry and creative non-fiction), honours research methods, honours and HDR supervision|
Australian poetry and autobiography
Literature and the public sphere
|Current research projects||David's current research project is 'Poetry in the World', which focuses on poetry and the figure of the poet in extra-poetic contexts (rituals, everyday life, cultural formations, and so on). A monograph, Life Lines: Poetry in the World, has been contracted for publication by Monash University Publishing.|
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