Staff profile - Maria Takolander
Aprof Maria Takolander
|Position:||Associate Professor |
|Faculty or Division:||Faculty of Arts & Education|
|Department:||School of Communication & Creative Arts|
|Campus:||Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus|
|Phone:||+61 3 52271274 +61 3 52271274|
Maria is the author of five books: a book of short stories, The Double (Text 2013); three collections of poems, The End of the World (Giramondo 2014), Ghostly Subjects (Salt 2009), and Narcissism (Whitmore Press 2005); and a work of literary criticism, Catching Butterflies: Bringing Magical Realism to Ground (Peter Lang 2007).
Maria was the winner of the inaugural Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, she was short-listed for the inaugural Australian Book Review Peter Porter Poetry Prize, and Ghostly Subjects was short-listed for a Queensland Premier's Literary Prize. She was awarded a $25,000 Australia Council New Work grant to complete The Double, and she has been awarded a $40,000 Australia Council New Work grant to complete a novel (called Transit) contracted by Text Publishing.
Maria's poems have appeared in The Best Australian Poems (Black Inc) and/or The Best Australian Poetry (UQP) every year since 2005. Her poetry is also featured in the anthology Thirty Australian Poets (UQP 2011) and in Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry (Turnrow 2014). Her poems, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in all major Australian journals and newspapers such as Meanjin, Griffith Review, Australian Book Review, The Age, The Australian, Island, Southerly, and Westerly. Maria has also published scholarly work in national and international journals, such as JASAL, TEXT, Postcolonial Text, and College Literature.
Maria is Unit Chair of ALL102 'From Horror to Romance: Genre and its Obsessions' and ALW705 'Short Stories: Writers and Readers', and she is the Geelong campus coordinator of ALL101 'The Stories we Tell: Inventing Selves and Others', ALL381 'Literary Ecologies: (Re)imagining our Place in the World', and ALW394 'Writing Project B: Creative non-fiction'. She also supervises 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, in 2010 she received a Commendation for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2013 she was awarded a Vice Chancellor's Special Recognition Award.
- Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2004
- Bachelor of Arts, Deakin University, 1995
- Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2008
2013 Judge of Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Short Story competition
2012 Judge of Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Short Story competition
2010 Judge of Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize
Subjects and units currently teaching
ALL101 The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others
ALL102 From Horror to Romance: Genre and its Obsessions
ALW394 Writing Project B: Creative Non-fiction
ALL381 Literary Ecologies: (Re)imagining our Place in the World
ALW705 Short Stories: Writers and Readers
MA and PhD supervisions
Various projects by consultation
Awards and prizes
2013: Vice Chancellor's Special Recognition Award
2010: Winner of inaugural Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley 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 Peter Porter Poetry Prize
Maria is currently completing a novel contracted by Text Publishing. Her scholarly work is focused on an interdisciplinary project theorising creativity vis-a-vis embodied theories of cognition. She also continues to work in the field of Australian and international magical realist literature.
Latin American literature
Literature and science
Theories of creativity
Creative practice in fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry
2015: $40,000 Australia Council New Work Grant
2011: $25,000 Australia Council New Work Grant