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Dr. Maria Takolander
|Area||School of Communication & Creative Arts|
|Phone||+61 3 522 71274|
|Location||Waurn Ponds (Room ic1.208)|
|Role and profile||
Maria Takolander is a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies and Professional and Creative Writing at Waurn Ponds. She publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and scholarly work.
Maria has published two books internationally: a work of literary criticism, Catching Butterflies: Bringing Magical Realism to Ground (Peter Lang, Bern, 2007), and a book of poems, Ghostly Subjects (Salt Publishing, London, 2009.) Ghostly Subjects was short-listed for a Queensland Premier's Literary Prize in 2010 and reviewed in nine national and international forums. She also has a new book of poems, The End of the World, in press with Giramondo Publishing, and a collection of short stories, The Double and Other Stories, in press with Text Publishing. A novel is scheduled for release with Text Publishing in 2014.
Maria's poems have been widely published and have appeared in The Best Australian Poems 2005 (Black Inc, ed. Les Murray), The Best Australian Poetry 2006 (UQP, ed. Judith Beveridge), The Best Australian Poems 2007 (Black Inc, ed. Peter Rose), The Best Australian Poems 2008 (Black Inc, ed. Peter Rose), The Best Australian Poems 2009 (Black Inc, ed. Robert Adamson), The Best Australian Poetry 2009 (UQP, ed. Alan Wearne), The Best Australian Poems 2010 (Black Inc, ed. Robert Adamson), The Best Australian Poems 2011 (Black Inc, ed. John Tranter) and The Best Australian Poems 2012 (Black Inc, ed. John Tranter.) Her poetry is also featured in the 2011 anthology Thirty Australian Poets (UQP, ed. Felicity Plunkett). Her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in journals such as Meanjin and Griffith Review, and she was the winner of the 2010 inaugural Australian Book Review short story competition. In 2012 she was awarded an Australia Council Literature Board Grant to complete her forthcoming book of short stories. Maria has also published scholarly work in national and international journals, such as JASAL: Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature and College Literature (US). For a full list of Maria's publications, please click on the 'research link' below.
Maria is Unit Chair of the first year units in Literary Studies, ALL101 and ALL102. She also teaches ALW394 creative non-fiction, as well as supervising honours and postgraduate students in Literary Studies and Creative Writing. In 2008, she was awarded a Faculty of Arts and Education Individual Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 2010 she received a Commendation for Excellence in Teaching. For a list of Maria's PhD student completions, please click on the 'research link' below.
ALL101 The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others
ALL102 From Horror to Romance: Genre and its Obsessions
ALW394 Creative Nonfiction
MA and PhD supervisions
* Magical realism
* The gothic
* Literature and science
* Literature and learning
* Contemporary animated children's films
* Theorising creativity
* Creative practice in fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry
|Current research projects||Maria's current creative project is a novel. Her scholarly work involves two projects: ‘Theorising creativity after psychoanalysis’ and ‘Feminist analyses of contemporary children’s animated films in the gothic mode.’|
2012: Awarded an Australia Council Literature Grant of $25,000 to develop a book of short stories
2010: Winner of the inaugural Australian Book Review short story competition
2010: Ghostly Subjects short-listed in Queensland Premier's Literary Awards
2010: Commendation for Excellence in Teaching
2008: Winner of Faculty of Arts and Education Individual Award for Teaching Excellence
2005: Short-listed for inaugural Australian Book Review Poetry Prize
PhD (Literary Studies)
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education
|Research link||View Deakin associated research data|
2009 'Ghostly subjects'