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AsPr Maria Takolander

Position: Associate Professor
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Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SCCA Arts & Ed
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 71274 +61 3 522 71274
Email: maria.takolander@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Maria Takolander is an award-winning fiction writer, poet, scholar, and educator.

She is the author of five books: a collection of short stories, The Double (Text 2013); three books 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). She is currently working on a novel for Text Publishing.

Maria's fiction has been widely acclaimed. The Double (and Other Stories) was supported by a 2011-2012 $25,000 Australia Council 'New Work' grant, was a finalist in the 2015 Melbourne Prize for Literature's 'Best Writing Award', and was named a best book of 2013 by The Australian, Overland, Readings, and the New Zealand Listener. The book was also published in the US and UK. The inaugural winner of the Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley short story prize, Maria's stories have also been anthologised nationally and internationally. She is now writing a novel for Text Publishing, funded by a 2014-2015 $40,000 Australia Council 'New Work' grant.

Maria's poetry has been similarly acclaimed. The End of the World was named a best book of 2014 by Australian Book Review and reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Ghostly Subjects was short-listed for a 2010 Queensland Premier's Prize. Maria's poems have also been widely anthologised, appearing annually in The Best Australian Poems (Black Inc) and/or The Best Australian Poetry (UQP) since 2005, as well as in Thirty Australian Poets (UQP 2011) and Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry (Turnrow 2014). A program about her poetry aired on Radio National in 2015.

Maria's scholarship focuses on two areas: magical realist literature (Australian and international); and theories of creativity.

Her research in magical realism has produced the monograph Catching Butterflies: Bringing Magical Realism to Ground, as well as numerous scholarly articles examining magical realism's intersections with irony, postcolonialism, Aboriginal writing, feminism, fakes, and trauma studies.

Maria's research papers in the field of theorising creativity engage with literary revisionism and the cognitive sciences, examining the writing of poetry and fiction in relation to emotion, movement, notions of the unconscious, and mental illness.

Maria is an Associate Professor in Literary Studies and Professional and Creative Writing at Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria, where she has been the recipient of institutional teaching awards, including a 2013 Vice Chancellor's Special Recognition Award.


For a full list of Maria's publication, please see: http://www.mariatakolander.com/complete-publications/M


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2004
  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2008


Professional activities

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

Personal website

http://www.mariatakolander.com

Academic

Subjects and units currently teaching

ALL101 The Stories We Tell: Inventing Selves and Others

ALL102 From Horror to Romance: Genre and its Obsessions

ALL381 Literary Ecologies: (Re)imagining our Place in the World

ALW705 Vision and Revision: Contemporary Short Stories

Honours supervisions

MA and PhD supervisions


Student supervision

Theories of creativity

Poetry and embodied cognition

Poetry and mental illness

Magical realist literature

Literary fakes

Aboriginal literature

Trauma studies

Postcolonialism

Gothic

Science fiction

Animal studies

Creative practice in fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry


Related Links

www.mariatakolander.com

www.textpublishing.com.au/books-and-authors/book/the-double/

www.giramondopublishing.com/category/maria-takolander/


Awards

Awards and prizes

2015: Finalist in Melbourne Prize for Literature

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


Research

Research projects

Maria is currently completing a novel contracted by Text Publishing. Her scholarly work is focused on an interdisciplinary project theorising creativity in terms of literary revisionism and embodied theories of cognition. She also continues to work in the field of Australian and international magical realist literature, particularly as it intersects with postcolonial, feminist, and trauma studies.


Research interests

Theorising creativity

Poetry and embodied cognition

Poetry and 'madness'

Magical realist literature

Literary fakes

Aboriginal literature

Trauma studies

Postcolonialism

Gothic

Science fiction

Animal studies

Creative practice in fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry


Research grants

2014-15: $40,000 Australia Council New Work Grant

2011-12: $25,000 Australia Council New Work Grant


Publications

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