AsPr Maria Takolander
|Position:||Associate Professor |
|Faculty or Division:||Faculty of Arts and Education|
|Department:||SCCA Arts & Ed|
|Campus:||Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus|
|Phone:||+61 3 52271274 +61 3 52271274|
Maria Takolander 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, Transit, for Text Publishing.
The Double was a finalist in the 2015 $30,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature and was named a best book of 2013 by The Australian, Overland, Readings and the New Zealand Listener. The End of the World was named a best book of 2014 by Australian Book Review, and 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). She was short-listed for the inaugural 2005 Australian Book Review Peter Porter Poetry Prize, and she won the inaugural 2010 Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley short story prize. She was the recipient of a 2011-12 $25,000 Australia Council 'New Work' grant and a 2014-15 $40,000 Australia Council 'New Work' grant.
Maria has also published significant scholarly work in national and international journals, such as Ariel, JASAL, TEXT, Postcolonial Text, Axon, and College Literature. The two areas of her scholarly research are: magical realist fiction (particularly as it intersects with postcolonial, feminist and trauma studies); and theorising creativity in terms of embodied cognition.
She is an Associate Professor in Literary Studies and Professional and Creative Writing at Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria, where she teaches at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate levels. She has been the recipient of numerous institutional teaching awards, including a 2008 Faculty of Arts and Education Individual Award for Teaching Excellence, a 2010 Commendation for Excellence in Teaching, and a 2013 Vice Chancellor's Special Recognition Award.
- Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2004
- 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
ALL381 Literary Ecologies: (Re)imagining our Place in the World
ALW705 Vision and Revision: Contemporary Short Stories
MA and PhD supervisions
Projects in areas listed in 'research interests'.
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
Maria is currently completing a novel contracted by Text Publishing. Her scholarly work is focused on an interdisciplinary project theorising creativity in terms of 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.
Theories of creativity
Literature and science
Magical realist literature
Creative practice in fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry
2014-15: $40,000 Australia Council New Work Grant
2011-12: $25,000 Australia Council New Work Grant