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Prof David Mccooey

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Position

Personal Chair

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Education

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 1994

Contact

david.mccooey@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 71331

Biography

David is an international expert in Australian literary studies. His areas of speciality are autobiography and poetry. His Artful Histories: Modern Australian Autobiography was published by Cambridge University Press in 1996, the same year that the book was awarded a NSW Premiers Literary Award. His publications on poetry include the Contemporary Poetry chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature (2000), the Poetry: 1970-2005 chapter in The Companion to Australian Literature (2007), and the 'Autobiography' chapter in The Cambridge History of Australian Literature. David has also written numerous essays and reviews for scholarly and general publications such as Criticism, Biography, Southerly, Meanjin, Westerly, Australian Book Review, The Age, The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald and JASAL. David has also written Introductions to 30 Australian Poets (UQP, 2011) and Rosemary Dobson Collected (UQP, 2012).

David has been the co-recipient of a number of ARC Grants, including a Discovery Grant on 'Australian literature and the public sphere'. In 2004 he was invited to guest-edit a special issue of the refereed journal Life Writing on Life Writing and the Public Sphere. From 2003-2006 he was associate editor of the literary journal, Space: New Writing. He is an editorial board member of Life Writing and Antipodes: The North American Journal of Australian Literature. He has been a guest at a number of literary festivals, including the 2012 Melbourne Writers' Festival. In 2006 he was the co-recipient (with Professor Jill Roe and Professor Nicholas Jose) of an ARC Linkage Grant (of $240 000) for the project The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, of which David is the Deputy General Editor. The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature was published in 2009 and in 2010 it won the 'Special Award' in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Thomas Keneally described the anthology as being 'Unprecedented in the breadth of what it offers from both the ancient and the recent literature of the country'.

David is also a poet. His first book of poetry, Blister Pack was published internationally by Salt Publishing in 2005. Blister Pack won the Mary Gilmore Award (for a first book of poetry) and was short-listed for four major awards, including The Melbourne Prize for Literature (New Writing Award), Australias richest literary award. A fine-press chapbook, Graphic: Two Sequences, appeared in 2010. His second full-length collection, Outside, was published by Salt Publishing in 2011. It was short listed for the Queensland Literary Awards and it was a Finalist for the Melbourne Prize for Literature's $30 000 Best Writing Award in 2012. His poetry has also appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Age, Southerly, Australian Book Review, The Best Australian Poems 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 and The Best Australian Poetry 2007. In 2013 he was the first Poetry Editor of Australian Book Review.

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Research interests

Australian poetry and autobiography
Literature and the public sphere

Affiliations

Professional Associations


  • Association for the Study of Australian Literature
  • American Association of Australian Literary Studies
  • Australian Association of Writing Programs
  • Honorary Associate, The Centre for The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, Department of English, Macquarie University, NSW
  • Units taught

    second-level literary studies (ALL201/ALL202), professional writing (poetry and creative non-fiction), honours research methods, honours and HDR supervision

    Professional activities

  • HDR (Higher Degrees by Research) Coordinator (Geelong campus)
  • Professional and Creative Writing Campus Coordinator (Geelong campus)
  • 2004-2006, Associate Head of School

    Community Involvement

  • Poetry Judge, Peter Porter Poetry Prize (2012-2013)
  • Judge, the National Biography Award (2003; 2010)
  • Poetry Judge, The Age Book of the Year Award (2008; 2011)
  • Convenor, Poetry Judging Panel, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards (2004)
  • co Judge of the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize (2003)
  • Associate Editor, Space: New Writing (2003-2006) Editorial Board Membership:
  • Antipodes: The North American Journal of Australian Literature
  • Life Writing
  • Awards

    2012 Finalist, Melbourne Prize for Literature’s ‘Best Writing Award’ (triennial, all genres) (for Outside).
    2012 Shortlisted, Queensland Literary Awards (Poetry) (for Outside).
    2010 Winner, ‘Special Award’, NSW Premier’s Literary Award (for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature).
    2010 Winner, the Australian Educational Publishing Awards, Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Scholarly Reference (for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature).
    2010 Short-listed, Australian Book Industry Awards, General Non-Fiction (for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature).
    2006 Winner, Mary Gilmore Award (for the best first book of poetry in the preceding two calendar years, Blister Pack).
    2006 Short-listed, The Melbourne Prize for Literature (New Writing Award, Blister Pack).
    2005  Short-listed, WA Premier’s Book Awards (Poetry: Blister Pack).
    2005  Short-listed, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards (Poetry: Blister Pack).
    2005  Short-listed, The Age Book of the Year Award (Poetry: Blister Pack).
    1997 Short-listed, Colin Roderick Award for Best Australian Book (Artful Histories).
    1996  NSW Premier’s Literary Award (for Artful Histories).
    1993 Eva Veronka Vidak Memorial Prize (Sydney University, award for PhD thesis).

    Publications

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    Funded Projects at Deakin

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    Supervisions

    Principal Supervisor
    2021

    Dipak Singh

    Thesis entitled: Transforming Memory into Art: Stories from Fiji and the Indo-Fijian Diaspora

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2020

    Autumn Lace Royal

    Thesis entitled: Poetry and the Elegiac Self: A Creative Thesis with Exegesis

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    Andrew Lindsay Gaylard

    Thesis entitled: Poetic Neologism in English from the Renaissance to Modernism

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2019

    Craig Sherborne

    Thesis entitled: Tested on Humans: The Opportunistic Self in Life Writing

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    Emma Jayne Dyson Hayes

    Thesis entitled: 'Betwixt-and-Between': Liminality in Golden Age Children's Literature

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2017

    Ruth Cumberland

    Thesis entitled: Revealing the Open Wound: Body Metaphors in Literary Representations of Grief

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    Janine Gibson

    Thesis entitled: Australian Elegy: Landscape and Identity

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2013

    Robert Bruce Thomson

    Thesis entitled: Sir Walter Scott in the Western District: 1836 - 1851

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2012

    Grant Caldwell

    Thesis entitled: Intention and Unintention or Hyperconscious in the Contemporary Lyric Impulse

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2010

    Adam Graham Brown

    Thesis entitled: Representation and Judgement: 'Privileged' Jews in Holocaust Writing and Film

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2009

    Anne Bishop

    Thesis entitled: The Work of Death in Bronte's and Dickinson's Poetry

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2008

    Toby Daniel Davidson

    Thesis entitled: Born of Fire, Possessed by Darkness: Mysticism and Australian Poetry

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    Julie Lee Fletcher

    Thesis entitled: Witnessing Tibet: Life Narrative as Testimony in the Tibetan Diaspora

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2006

    George Raitt

    Thesis entitled: Alchemy & Ambiguity: Poetic Responses to Visual Art, Primary Portraiture

    Master of Arts, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2004

    Kristen Lang

    Thesis entitled: Creative Redemption: Uncertainty in Poetic Creativity

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    Anne Wilson

    Thesis entitled: The Picture Boys: Biography, Community and Travelling Picture Shows

    Master of Arts, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    Co-supervisor
    2014

    Jennifer Anne Herbert

    Thesis entitled: Revisionist historicism theory and practice: challenging national metanarratives

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    Associate Supervisor
    2019

    Ella O'Keefe

    Thesis entitled: Mobile Image: Reading Modes of Vision in Forrest-Thomson and Guest

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2017

    Liam Guilar

    Thesis entitled: Anhaga: An exploration in poetry of narrative, memory and identity

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    Zoe Dzunko

    Thesis entitled: On the Edge: Tracing the Liminal in Labour Narratives

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2015

    Libbie Chellew

    Thesis entitled: Uncanny Suburbia and Australian Fiction

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    Ilona Urquhart

    Thesis entitled: Diabolical Literature: Questioning the Morality of Modernism

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    Jo-Anne Langdon

    Thesis entitled: Working title: Magical realism as elegy

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2014

    Paul Venzo

    Thesis entitled: Achipelago: a journey across poetic islands of the self

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2012

    Alexandra Elizabeth Watkins

    Thesis entitled: Problematic Identities in Women's Fiction of the Sri Lankan Diaspora

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    George Douglas Raitt

    Thesis entitled: Visualising Literature: Screen Adaptation and the Process of Reading/Viewing

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2011

    Alyson Miller

    Thesis entitled: Scandalous Texts: The Anxieties of the Literary

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2010

    Susan Tanya King-Smith

    Thesis entitled: A Wordless Horizon: Towards A Politically Engaged Poetic

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2006

    Robert James Keay

    Thesis entitled: The Animation of Psychology: Cultural Poetics and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2005

    Katarina Tomas

    Thesis entitled: Displaced Self: The Impact of Language-migration on Self-identity

    Master of Arts, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2004

    Antonina Lewis

    Thesis entitled: Renegade Judgement: A Study of Madness in Medicine and Literature

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

    2000

    Kim Waters

    Thesis entitled: Fiction in Oils

    Master of Arts, School of Literary & Communication Studies

    George Michael Duke

    Thesis entitled: Fictional Endstates

    Doctor of Philosophy, School of Literary & Communication Studies