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Dr Andrew Dean



Lecturer in Writing and Literature


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Comm & Creative Arts


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford, 2018


Andrew Dean is Lecturer in Writing and Literature at Deakin University, Waurn Ponds. His research has focused on (1) post-Second World War global metafiction, (2) colonialism and postcolonialism, and (3) Jewish American writing, especially focused on comedy. Andrew's first academic book, "Metafiction and the Postwar Novel: Foes, Ghosts, and Faces in the Water", was published by Oxford University Press in April 2021. The book examines the origins, poetics, and capacities of self-reflexive prose fiction after World War II. It focuses on three authors: J. M. Coetzee, Janet Frame, and Philip Roth.

Andrew's writing has appeared in "MFS: Modern Fiction Studies", "Studies in the Novel", "Beyond the Ancient Quarrel: Literature, Philosophy, and J. M. Coetzee" (OUP 2017), and elsewhere. Beyond those writers covered in his book, Andrew has also worked on authors ranging from Saul Bellow to Katherine Mansfield.

Andrew is the author of a short trade book, "Ruth, Roger and Me: Debts and Legacies" (Bridget Williams Books 2015). The book examines the lives and experiences of those brought up in the wake of New Zealand’s economic reforms of the 1980s and 1990s, and features interviews with major figures from the period. He has written for publications including "Landfall" and "Overland" on both literary and political issues. He won the "Landfall Essay Prize" for an essay on Jewishness and family in 2021.

Andrew completed his doctorate in English literature at the University of Oxford in 2017. Following this, he was Lecturer in Victorian and Modern Literature at St John's College, University of Oxford, and later a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at University College London. From October 2023, he will be a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, in Washington DC.

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Research interests

My research areas are in late 19th, 20th, and 21st Century world anglophone and American literature. My published work has focused on the history of the novel, postcolonialism, life-writing, and nationalism. I am currently working on literary comedy. I have written on authors including Philip Roth, J. M. Coetzee, Janet Frame, Saul Bellow, Katherine Mansfield, and numerous New Zealand writers.

Units taught


Knowledge areas

History of the novel, Jewish American literature, comedy, world literature, New Zealand literature, life-writing, neoliberalism, creative non-fiction



Kluge Fellowship, Library of Congress, Washington DC, 2023 – 24.
Junior Research Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London (2018 – 20).
Rhodes Scholarship (New Zealand & New College, Oxford, 2012 – 16).
Anne Reid Memorial Trust Scholarship (2016).
Shirtcliffe Fellowship (2015 – 16).

Prizes and Research Awards:

Shortlisted, Australian University Heads of English Prize for Literary Scholarship (2021).
Landfall Essay Prize (2021).
Dissertation Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center, UT Austin (2014).
Journal of New Zealand Literature Prize for New Zealand Studies (2012).


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Coetzee and the History of the Novel

Andrew Dean

(2023), pp. 295-304, The Bloomsbury Handbook to J. M. Coetzee, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

'You Had to Be a Crank to Insist on Being Right': Saul Bellow's Comedy

Andrew Dean

(2023), Vol. 55, Studies in the Novel, Baltimore, C1

journal article

Simon During, Crisis Talk and the Legacies of the 1980s

Andrew Dean

(2023), Vol. 38, pp. 1-19, Australian Literary Studies, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal article

AI and the Future of Literary Studies

Andrew Dean

(2023), pp. 1-1, Sydney Review of Books, Sydney, N.S.W., JO3

Non-Traditional Research Output

Machine Voice: Programmer Fiction

Andrew Dean

(2023), Los Angeles Review of Books, Los Angeles, Calif., JO3

Non-Traditional Research Output

Metafiction and the Postwar Novel Foes, Ghosts, and Faces in the Water

Andrew Dean

(2021), Oxford, Eng., A1


The New Zealand model and the present-future of the university

Andrew Dean

(2021), pp. 1-1, Overland, Melbourne, JO3

Non-Traditional Research Output

The New Man

Andrew Dean

(2021), Vol. 242, pp. 10-19, Landfall, Dunedin, New Zealand, JO3

Non-Traditional Research Output

Lives and Archives

Andrew Dean

(2020), pp. 221-233, The Cambridge Companion to J.M. Coetzee, Cambridge, Eng., B1

book chapter

New Zealand Literature and the World

Andrew Dean

(2020), pp. 531-548, Handbook of Anglophone World Literatures, Berlin, Germany, B1

book chapter

Nationalism, Modernism, and New Zealand

Andrew Dean

(2020), Vol. 38, pp. 8-25, Journal of New Zealand Literature, Hamilton, N.Z., C1-1

journal article

"Why Will He Not Join the Guerrillas?" J. M. Coetzee's Life & Times of Michael K and the Politics of the Postcolonial Novel

Andrew Dean

(2019), Vol. 65, pp. 676-699, MFS-MODERN FICTION STUDIES, C1

journal article

Double thoughts: Coetzee and the philosophy of literary criticism

Andrew Dean

(2017), pp. 52-69, Beyond the ancient quarrel: literature, philosophy, and J.M. Coetzee, Oxford, Eng., B1

book chapter

Ruth, Roger and Me Debts and Legacies

Andrew Dean

(2015), Wellington, New Zealand., A1-1


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